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Varsity Q&A with Bre Bolden, South River girls basketball

Within the next week, South River senior Bre Bolden should score her 1,000th career point. The slashing 5-foot-9 guard, also known for her defense, averages 18.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.3 steals and 3.2 assists for the Seahawks (11-2).

Bolden, 17, and the Seahawks are undefeated in the Anne Arundel County league heading into Friday night's game at Glen Burnie. For the last two seasons, the Seahawks' season has ended in the regionals against North Point, but Bolden said she and her teammates are focused on breaking through to states this winter.

An AAU veteran of the Maryland Lady Shooting Stars, Bolden signed early to play for the College of Charleston (South Carolina) over Northeastern, LaSalle, Syracuse and Mississippi State. She has a 3.6 GPA and plans to become an orthodontist.

How did you get started playing basketball?

My dad was the one who got me playing. I started at about 4 or 5. He bought me one of those little Fisher hoops and we would practice every morning. Then he put me on a boys team, so I played with them and then I started off playing AAU with girls one or two years older than me.

When did you get serious about basketball?

I got serious when I played with an all boys team, because they used to think I couldn't play. They teased me a lot and then when I played other boys teams, they were like, "Oh, she's a girl. She can't play." So I just learned to work hard and prove them wrong.

What would you say is the strongest part of your game?

I like to penetrate and take it to the basket.

What are you working to improve?

Finishing and shooting, 3s.

How has your role changed on this team now that you're a senior?

As a freshman I looked up to people. Now people look up to me, so I'm more of a leader. I try to motivate my team because I want to win it all this year.

What makes your team so dominant in the county this year?

We have one goal and that goal is to win it all. We've come close to winning, but we always lost to North Point and we just want to beat them this year.

Why did you choose Charleston?

It's beautiful down there and it's a small school, so the student-teacher ratio isn't that high.

What did you like about the basketball program?

The coach, Natasha Adair, she's really nice. She's motivational and she has good goals for the program.

Did you always want to play at a Division I school?

I've always wanted to play at a big school. She [Adair] told me, "Why can't we be a big school? Why can't we make a name for ourself?"

Do you like opportunity to come in and try to build something?

I love it. It's like a mountain that you climb to reach a goal. It's not like you come into a franchise that's already good. You come in, you work hard, you make that name for that team or that organization, so they can be at the top.

Why do you want to become an orthodontist?

I had my braces on for four years and I found it interesting how [the orthodontists] performed their tasks. I just find it interesting, and I love teeth — perfect teeth. I just got these [lower braces] this summer, so I have two more months.

What's something most people don't know about you?

That I'm not quiet. Once you get to know me, then you find out that I'm not quiet at all.

What's your most prized possession and why?

A picture of my dad. He passed away when I was a freshman. It helps me remember him and I work to make him happy with what I'm doing.

How did that shape you, after he passed away?

I was really down, but I couldn't be down for long, because that wouldn't help anything. It would just make things worse, so I just continue to work hard and prosper to get where I am today.

What do you do for fun, in your spare time?

I love to shop for shoes and clothes.

Are you a fashionista?

Yup.

Do you hope for some snow days this winter?

Yes. I love the snow plus I'm a senior, so the snow days we get out of school won't count against us.

What do you do on snow days?

Eat and watch TV.

What moment of your sporting life would you most like to live over?

One time I was in AAU and we were down by 10. Two of our starting guards fouled out and I was the only one left and I won the game for us. I had like 30 points. That was the first time I ever scored 30 points.

What role do you think sports has played in making you the person you are today?

Without sports, I think I would be, not in trouble, but a whole different person. I wouldn't be as focused. In order to have sports you must have academics. Academics is really important. Sports just creates character and part of character is wanting to do well.

Who to you look up to?

I look up to my favorite athlete, Kevin Durant [small forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder]. He reminds me of myself. He's long, slinky. I love his game. He can shoot. The only thing is he's not aggressive on defense.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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