Lauren Holden sank 3-pointer after 3-pointer against Bridgeton High School on Feb. 6.

With each shot that swished through the net, the 5-foot-5 junior from Lower Cape May Regional High School saw her point total get closer and closer to the school record of 42 points, which just happened to be held by her father, Pat.

"Listen," Pat said with a laugh, "when she got to 41 points, I was yelling at (Lower girls coach Scott Douglass) to take her out."

Lauren sank 11-of-15 3-point attempts to score 43 points and break her dad's record.

"It's exciting," Lauren said, "but I wouldn't have done it without him. He taught me how to shoot. He taught me my moves. He taught me everything about the game. It's my teammates and coaches, too. That kind of stuff can't be done by one person."

Lauren averages 28.3 points and is already the school's girls career scoring leader with 1,421 career points.

The Caper Tigers (12-8) are in contention to qualify for the Cape-Atlantic League tournament.

Even though she's a junior, the 16-year-old already has verbally committed to play for NCAA Division I Fordham University on a scholarship.

The single-game scoring record was another milestone in an outstanding career that has established her as one of the Cape-Atlantic League's top players. It also continued a family tradition.

The tradition started with Lauren's grandfather and Pat's dad, George, who attends all of Lauren's games. George coached the Lower Cape May boys from 1969-72 and again from 1976-1985.

"I just turned 80 years old, and this gives me something to live for," George said with a laugh.

Pat graduated from Lower in 1985 with 1,257 career points. He played in college and Trenton State (now The College of New Jersey) and Richard Stockton. Pat coached the Lower boys team for 14 years before resigning after the 2010 season.

Pat's wife, Anissa, was a Lower Cape May cheerleader when Pat Holden played.

"She knew what she was getting into when we got married," Pat said when asked what his wife thinks about basketball.

The couple has two other children - Patrick, a talented eighth-grader at Cape Trinity Catholic School in North Wildwood, and a fifth-grade girl, Lindsay.

Pat's brother, Scott, is now the Lower Cape May boys coach.

Despite her family's basketball history, Lauren didn't become passionate about the sport until middle school. Pat introduced the sport to his children, but he wanted them to want to play for themselves, not because he wanted them to play.

"Before middle school, I didn't like to practice," Lauren said. "But in middle school, I got this feeling that I wanted to get better. I wanted to improve. I wanted to improve my shooting, my moves up top. It kind of all built from there."

Father and daughter share similarities. The two are point guards. Lauren, like Pat, relies on her quickness and has the ability to change speeds to drive past opponents.

"Our games are very, very similar," Pat said. "She learned how to shoot the ball better at an earlier age than I did."

George keeps her statistics and not just her offensive totals.

"I keep turnovers and everything," he said. "But we try not to put pressure on her."

George, who began coaching in 1959, doesn't hesitate to give Lauren advice.

On Wednesday, Lauren scored 28 points in a 39-33 win over rival Ocean City.

Holden held the ball with 20 seconds left with Lower leading by three points. She waited to be fouled. Her grandfather suggested afterward that she should have dribbled away and made Ocean City defenders chase her. This would have taken four or five more seconds off the clock.

"If it's a learning situation, it's not criticism," George said. "Next time, try to avoid getting fouled."

Although Lauren already has outscored her father, there's one place where he still holds the edge.

Lauren, Pat and Patrick will often play the shooting game

H-O-R-S-E. The games are competitive and often close. The father usually wins.

"He'll take crazy shots," Lauren said. "He'll bank (a 3-pointer). I can't bank in a 3-pointer."

But with all the baskets and records, what makes this special for Lauren is her family. Many teens drift away from their families. Basketball bonds the Holdens together.

"You have good games and bad games," Lauren said, "but your family is always going to be there. Basketball is a part of all of us."

Contact Michael McGarry:

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