NEWBURYPORT — Teammates on the court and sisters at home, Mary and Emily Pettigrew reflect on their experiences playing basketball alongside each other for the Clippers.
Mary has met every challenge facing her over her four years of playing varsity basketball. She began her high school career by playing on and contributing to the big club and has steadily improved with each passing season. Last year, she led her team statistically in both scoring and rebounding by wide margins, and this year she was rewarded with the opportunity to lead her team as a captain.
Mary also excelled at a unique challenge that she never faced before: sharing the spotlight and being teammates with her younger sister, Emily.
“I didn’t think I would like it at first,” Mary said. “It was the first time we have ever been on the same team together. I was afraid we would always be compared. We helped out each other a lot, so it has worked out well, and I ended up liking it a lot.”
While it would be easy to get discouraged by comparisons between you and your sibling, both Pettigrews have made the best of it and used it to fuel their desire to get better. Emily uses the vast accomplishments of her older sister as encouragement to out-perform and statistically top her, something she says is just instinctual.
“I think about that,” Emily said. “I think that it’s natural to want to be better than her statistically. She has good stuff so it’s really hard sometimes, but we will see how it plays out in the end. She’s good competition, but I’m trying to beat her, I guess. She’s my older sister so I have always compared myself to her. We are there to support each other and we just just have to work through the competition and make the most of it.”