Scholar Athlete: Smiths Station basketball player, Quan Holton
When one finds out Quan Holton has been starting for the Smiths Station girls basketball team for years, it doesn’t really come as a surprise. The talent is there. She’s led the Panthers in scoring in many games this season… as just a sophomore.
"It’s been a long journey," she said.
A long journey because she’s been on the varsity team since the 7th grade. She’s a four-year varsity player who’s grown quite a bit.
"My 7th grade year I was really nervous, my 8th grade year I was still nervous and by my 9th grade and 10th grade this year, it’s been good," Holton said. "I’m used to it finally."
Being a leader at such a young age takes quite a lot of responsibility, but Holton embraces it.
"I pass the ball, I shoot the ball, I mean I think I’m everywhere on the court," she said.
Leading by example on and off the court. She holds a 3.6 GPA, is a part of the FCA, and spends all of her free time in the off season playing AAU basketball. But Holton credits part of the player she is today to her family.
"I work out with my uncle at Body Be One and he works with me on my jumps and my speed and everything."
An all-around student athlete who has a bright future. She’s already being looked at by various colleges for basketball- some of them at the division one level. But she’s not getting ahead of herself. As a sophomore, she still has quite a few things she wants to do.
"I want a ring," she laughed. "I really want to make the playoffs, I want to win area, I want to do everything. I want to go far with this team. This team, I think we can go far."