It is certainly possible to be the most dominant player on the court and not lead the team in points per game. South Jones senior forward Endia Holliday was an example of that.
Just over a point per game shy of the team’s leading scorer, Holliday dominated in other ways.
“Endia has played for me for the last four years,” said South Jones girls basketball head coach Sherri Cooley. “As a matter of fact, I moved her up during her eighth-grade season to play with the varsity.
“She’s been a big force for us on the inside. She’s led our team in rebounds for the last four years.”
Holliday averaged just under 10 rebounds per game during the 2017-2018 season, finishing with 257 rebounds in 31 games played. And in points scored, the senior forward averaged 13.9 a game, 1.2 points under junior guard Jordan Clark who led the team in that category with 15.1 points per contest.
Other stats Holliday dominated in were total team blocks and chargers, swatting down 44 shot attempts and collecting 11 charges to her name.
“She’s a very good defensive player on the block,” Cooley said. “And she has great speed and quickness for a girl her size. So, she can run the floor with guards. She’s going to be someone that is going to be hard to replace. Of course, she’s not going to be replaced, but we just hope we can get someone to live up to some of her abilities to help the team out. She will be missed.”
Her domination on the court in multiple areas led South Jones to its healthiest finish in four years.
South Jones girls ended the 2017-2018 season 25-6 overall and fell one game short of reaching the MHSAA Class 5A girls state tournament in Jackson.
“We had a great season this year,” said Holliday. “We were pretty dominant, but we fell short. But it was all for the best. I enjoyed my senior year. I was sad it came to an end, and I felt like it ended too soon, but its all part of His plan.”
This is certainly not the end of the road for Holliday. The star forward signed with JCJC women’s basketball back on Nov. 17 of last year.
“I chose to stay close to home,” said Holliday about her decision to sign with the Lady Bobcats back in November. “I wanted to be in a friendly and family environment, and Jones was the best to me.”
Holliday added to that this week calling the upcoming transition “bittersweet.”
“But I’m ready,” Holliday added. “I’m ready for something new.”
Cooley says she feels that Holliday has yet to reach her full potential as a basketball player.
“Endia has so much ability,” said Cooley. “I don’t think she has reached [her peak] yet. She is going to do so much more at the JUCO level. Coach Missy Bilderback at JCJC is such a great coach. Endia will have another voice instructing her, and I think she is going to get more out of her. Endia is going to do great things at Jones.”
Holliday is our 2017-2018 Sports601 Girls Basketball Player of the Year.