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When most fam­ilies are hanging stockings, tobog­ganing, or downing eggnog, the Har­risons are shooting threes.

Every Christmas Break senior shooting guard Chelsea Har­rison and her older brothers, Dan and Bill, walk up the hill behind their house to a local school’s gym­nasium for their annual 3‑point shoot-out.

“It’s a huge deal, ” Chelsea said.

Har­rison loves com­pe­tition. Growing up with ath­letic older brothers will do that to a person.

Who usually wins?

“Me,” she said

Under­standable. When it comes to pulling up from long range, Har­rison is good. Two hundred-sixty times she’s knocked down a three for the Chargers. That’s 27 more than any other Hillsdale player in history

Shooting threes isn’t the only part of Harrison’s game, however. She drives, passes, and plays defense. She’s fourth in the con­ference in points per game with 16.2, fifth in assists with 3.8, and grabs 4.2 rebounds per game. Amaz­ingly she does it all without rest. Lit­erally. She leads the con­ference in minutes played — 38 minutes per game.

But at the end of the day, it’s all about winning the GLIAC cham­pi­onship.

“She’s a warrior,” head coach Claudette Charney said. “She’s someone who leads, she pushes the team, she’s com­pet­itive in practice. She’s earned her way since the day she walked on campus.”

Har­rison, who cap­tained her high school bas­ketball and soccer teams in Lowell, Mich., knew all along she wanted to play college bas­ketball. After a visit to Hillsdale College she fell in love with the program, despite how hard she would have to work for playing time.

“I knew they were an awesome team,” Har­rison said. “I knew I wasn’t going to start. I wanted to come off the bench and be a spark.”

Although she didn’t start her freshman year, she con­tributed immensely, and the team won the con­ference cham­pi­onship. Har­rison also ben­e­fited from playing with All-American Katie Cezat ‘09.

“My job as a freshman was to get her the ball,” Har­rison said.

When Har­rison wasn’t dumping the ball into the post for Cezat, she was learning from Cezat’s work ethic.

“She taught me hard work really does pay off,” Har­rison said. “If she wasn’t in the gym, she’d be down­stairs working out. To be a good college bas­ketball player, you really need to work.”

Three years later, the roles have reversed. Har­rison is the sea­soned veteran and her younger team­mates look up to her.

“She pushes us hard,” junior point guard Leah Jones said. “Playing with her, I’ve become a better player.”

With the regular season now over, and the team’s first playoff game against Michigan Tech Uni­versity next Wednesday, you can bet Har­rison will be pushing hard.

“We need to play every game like it’s our last,” Har­rison said. “We need to have swag.”