CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The latest addition to the West Virginia State women's basketball team has been living with deep regret for a long time.
Six years to be exact.
Brittany Holestine, the former George Washington High School star began her final semester of college eligibility on Jan. 14 in a game at Fairmont State.
She finished as runner-up for the state's player of the year award in 2005, and with her 1,843 career points, remains the career leader at GW.
However, despite her accolades, her post high school career took a turn for the worse.
Holestine signed with Ohio University, but transferred to West Virginia after Bobcats Coach Lynn Bria resigned her position.
After playing in just six games in 2006, she transferred to Fairmont State, but played in only two games for the Falcons in 2007.
Holestine decided to hang it up, and often has wondered what could have been.
"What if I had played at Ohio?" Holestine said. "That's the one thing in my 25 years that I wake up everyday and think about. Everything else is water under the bridge but that's the one thing I wish I had done.
"I feel like if I had stayed there, it still would have been a smaller D-I and I would have played more. Coach Bria had known me since I was in eighth grade. That what if, the possibilities would have been endless, and it eats at me everyday."
Holestine stepped away from the game of basketball, thinking her career was over and for six years, it was. However, she's been enrolled and taking classes at West Virginia State, and an opportunity presented itself.
With a small roster and several injuries, through intermediaries, Holestine inquired about joining the team. First-year Coach David Smith welcomed her.
"It gives us another body, which we need badly," Smith said. "It's good for her, and we are glad to have her. It's really unfair for her because she has been away so long, and only been practicing for a few weeks. She has that potential and can put points on the board in a hurry."
After six years away from the court, Holestine has been working out, dressing for the first time against the University of Charleston on Jan. 12, but did not play.
The 5-foot-9 guard, though, finally made her long awaited comeback two days later at Fairmont State. She played eight minutes and scored three points.