MINOT, N.D. - Minot native Holly Johnson followed in her father and sister's footsteps by joining Minot State's basketball program—and she overcame adversity in the process.
Johnson, once a Minot High standout and North Dakota's miss basketball, has come home to play for Minot State University. She is leading the charge for the beavers as they look to reach their goals this season.
Holly Johnson is playing at a level her coach says makes her the best player in the Northern Sun Conference, but the road has not been easy.
Johnson has attended three different colleges, suffered a slew of injuries, and survived coaching changes before finding her place at MSU.
“Ya know it was kind of one of those things I didn't know if it was a way of the world telling me to just hang it up and play rec ball for the rest of my life. Or if it was another opportunity for me to kind of overcome and be able to play again another years,” said Johnson.
Injuries sidelined Johnson for the better part of two years.
I wanted to try and get her confidence going and so we tried to get her more touched in more of those areas I thought she could really hurt teams. That 15 footer and around the basket. I'd say after Christmas there is no better player in the northern sun than she is,” said MSU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Mark Graupe.
Flash forward just a few months, and Johnson leads the team in almost every scoring category, and is top five in the conference in many.
"Defiantly found my niche for it again, and that is a really good feeling. Especially the second half of the season I think that we have obviously played really well as a team and so that helps a lot with loving it again,” said Johnson.
Many obstacles have stood in Johnson's way, but as she would tell you, she's up for the challenge.
"I am really grateful for my experience, I don't know if I would change it. If you ask me two years ago I think my answer might be different. But I've really I've enjoyed the time I've had at Minot state,” she said.
Johnson and the rest of the Beaver team hit the road this weekend where they are looking to get some big wins and hopefully fourth place in conference.