Like many shooters, Colton Reed says once the first shot falls, confidence follows.
That couldn’t have been more evident when Reed made his first six 3-pointers in Heritage’s historic victory over Millbrook on Jan. 8.
The Huskies beat the 14-time Cap-8 Conference champions, 96-85, for their first win over the Wildcats in program history. Heritage had lost the previous 10 matchups.
One of Reed’s early triples tied the game, and he even channeled his inner Steph Curry by hitting an off-balance 3 to give his team a 10-point lead after one quarter.
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Reed finished with a career-high 25 points, which also led the game.
“I knew my teammates had confidence in me,” he said. “We were moving the ball, playing as a team and playing with incredible team chemistry. After they started falling, I could tell every one was going in.”
He wasn’t off by much. Reed finished 7-of-8 from downtown, hitting all four of his free throws.
The junior guard grew up playing several other sports before basketball eventually stuck.
“In seventh grade was when I started developing a passion for the game, and I devoted the year round to playing just basketball,” Reed said.
He said he trains at a local basketball academy, working on his shot to gain muscle memory, his ball-handling and his passing.
His goals there are to “be the best player I can possibly be,” while also living out his passion.
After Reed’s three-point performance against Millbrook, Heritage coach Tilden Brill said Reed had been working extremely hard on his game.
The Huskies shooter said basketball just might be his calling.
“The number one thing is I just feel like it’s my purpose. I feel that God’s given me the gift for a reason,” Reed said. “He’s given me the ability to shoot. I’ve enjoyed ... devoting my time and working toward something every single day.”
Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan
Hometown: Wake Forest
Sport / Position: Basketball / Guard
Fun fact: He dabbles with playing the guitar.