Revere resident Sophia Holmes and the St. Mary’s High School girls basketball team was set to take the floor at the Boston Garden Tuesday for the Division 3 state semifinals.
Holmes is a 5-feet-3-inch reserve guard for the Lady Spartans who were playing Archbishop Williams for the right to advance to Saturday’s state championship at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Holmes plays varsity basketball, soccer, and softball at St. Mary’s. She is following in the footsteps of her sister, Brianna Holmes, who was a soccer captain and star player on back-to-back state championship softball teams at St. Mary’s. Brianna is a student at Northeastern University. She also has two brothers, Nick, who is a student at Harvard University, and Kyle.
Earlier this season, Holmes and her teammates traveled to Disney World in Florida where they captured the KSA Tournament championship. The Lady Spartans also won the Catholic Central League title and the Spartan Classic title. St. Mary’s, which has a 22-2 record, defeated Winthrop, 47-45, in the Division 3 North sectional finals Saturday, setting up Tuesday’s trip to the Garden.
“Sophia is one of the best all-around athletes in our school,” said St. Mary’s athletic director and girls basketball coach Jeff Newhall. “She has been a key contributor to our success this season.”
Sophia is the daughter of Steve and Lisa Holmes.