Holy Child’s Natalya Britt to play basketball at Belmont Abbey

A day after she closed out her high school career at Holy Child with a 22-point, six-assist performance, Natalya Britt wondered if her college basketball career had also ended before it even started.

Holy Child's Natalya Britt (bottom row, center) will play college basketball at Belmont Abbey (Photo courtesy of the Britt Family) Holy Child’s Natalya Britt (bottom row, center) will play college basketball at Belmont Abbey (Photo courtesy of the Britt Family)

Though she still can’t recall how or when it happened, the senior guard’s right knee had painfully flared up due to what would be diagnosed as a meniscus tear. But even as she limped around the Belmont Abbey campus during a March visit, Britt’s potential and grit shone through, leading the Crusader coaches to offer her a spot on the team soon after and ending with her signing to play at the North Carolina-based school during a recent ceremony.

“They have really strong academics and they were looking for a point guard, so I felt like it was the perfect calling for me to go straight into a program like that,” said Britt, who also received interest from Shenandoah and Emmanuel. “The coaches were incredibly surprised that I was able to do so much in a game while playing with an injury. That’s what kept their interest in me and also made me more interested in them.”

Britt, who had surgery in April and expects to return to the court by the end of July, said she drew the strength to recover from her older brother, Nate, who was an All-Met guard at Gonzaga and is a rising sophomore on the North Carolina men’s basketball team, as well as Gonzaga rising senior guard Bryant Crawford. Both players have suffered knee injuries, with Nate’s also coming during his senior season.

“I was very nervous and sad about the situation but both Bryant and my brother, Nate, were really encouraging and told me I could bounce back from this just like they did,” Britt said.

Once Britt returns to action, she hopes to impact the Belmont Abbey team, which competes at the Division II level, with her speed and scoring ability at the point guard position. Demonstrating poise under pressure and a knack for attacking the basket to either score or find open teammates off the dribble, Britt averaged over 20 points per game in both her junior and senior seasons at Holy Child.

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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