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December 26, 2013

Sisters, stars and teammates

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While Emily has set her sights on bettering her sister statistically over her career, Mary looks to pile on her very impressive career numbers. In Mary’s first three seasons playing varsity basketball, she totaled 395 points and 321 rebounds. She was also a 2012 All-Star and named to the 2013 All-League team. Through three games this year, Mary has 25 points and 11 rebounds and has captained her team to a 3-0 beginning.

While her career is just getting rolling, Emily has also accumulated impressive numbers. In her freshman year last season, she tallied 147 points and 94 rebounds: good for third among her teammates in scoring and second in rebounding. With the beginning to the 2013-14 campaign that she has had, surpassing her first year’s success is undoubtedly within reach. Through three games, Emily has 52 points and 22 rebounds. If this type of success continues for her heading forward, look out.

Despite trying to best each other in numbers, the Pettigrews know it’s all a matter of friendly, in-family competition. The sisters have even helped each other along the way as they do every teammate they have, bettering the overall success of the Clippers while improving their individual numbers in the process.

“I’m sure (Emily) would tell you I’m harder on her than the others, but I think I push her and motivate her just as much as I do my other teammates,” Mary said. “I have told her to always be confident. I don’t think she had much confidence in her freshman year, but I think she’s more confident now. Getting her hands up when she posts up is also something I helped her with, and now she does that great.”

Mary has also accepted and utilized advice given to her by her younger sister.

“Actually, she has taught me a lot,” Mary said. “She has taught me to be more humble, that not everything is about scoring and that you can help out the team in different ways.”

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