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Holmes beats odds, heads to Xavier

Originally Published: October 30, 2009
By Chris Hansen | HoopGurlz

It was Aug. 29, 2005, and Lynette Holmes' 13th birthday in New Orleans. The celebration, however, was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. Instead of eating cake and ice cream, Holmes, her father and her four siblings found themselves seeking refuge from floodwaters on their rooftop.

When the helicopters finally made it to their home, the evacuation policy was to get the women and children out first and come back for the men. The five Holmes children were shipped out without their father, ...

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