KEYC - Prep Athlete: Nicollet/Loyola's Brooke Skrien

Prep Athlete: Nicollet/Loyola's Brooke Skrien

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The Nicollet/Loyola girls basketball team earned a three seed in this year's section 2A tournament.

Heading the Raiders attack is senior Brooke Skrien.

KEYC News 12 Sports Rob Clark has more on why Skrien is our KEYC Scheels All Sports Girls Prep Athlete of the Week.

Sports provide some of the greatest moments whether it's a huge comeback win in overtime or half–court buzzer beater.

They can also serve as a distraction taking one's mind off some of the toughest situations in life.

Nicollet/Loyola senior, Brooke Skrien, recently lost her family home to a fire but finds comfort on the hardwood.

"Basketball is like the only thing I have right now that doesn't make me focus on our house fire. It's calming, relaxing, something I'm used to kind of like my daily routine that's the only thing that's the same from before," said Skrien, prep athlete.

"Basketball has definitely been an escape for her to get away from some of that stuff. It's her favorite sport, she has a passion for it. It's been a good way to get away, focus on the game, and do her best that way," said Sarah Rosenau, Nicollet/Loyola head coach.

Skrien's excelled as a scorer her entire career and earlier this season the guard topped the thousand point milestone.

"Watching her get that thousandth, it didn't phase her. It was completely just another day, another game, seeing how unselfish she is with getting those thousandth, she credits her teammates for that so it's been fun watching her grow," said Rosenau.

"Just scoring my thousandth point, it was very humbling, all my work paid off. It was very eye–opening, and an awesome experience," said Skrien.

The senior is continuing her basketball career next season at Bethany Lutheran College  joining her sister Emily.

Her leaderships  skills  and perseverance on and off the court are why Brooke Skrien is our KEYC Scheels All Sports Girls Prep Athlete of the Week.

--KEYC News 12