, Newburyport, MA


December 26, 2013

Sisters, stars and teammates


Sibling intuition has benefited the Clippers, who are 3-0 heading into the Institution for Savings tournament that Newburyport hosts. Mary and Emily seem to know where their sister is on the court at all times, a connection that typically takes years of playing together to form. This has allowed for various passing lanes and prime scoring chances.

“I find myself looking for her a lot more than I do my other teammates. We seem to pass to each other a lot. Before Emily was on the team, I had a lot of chemistry with Lily Donovan, whom I played basketball with since middle school. Now, I have that with my sister.”

Evidently, Mary and Emily have made the best out of a situation that would be difficult for many. The success they have had playing and being teammates with each other is something they credit to both the love of the game that they inherited from their parents and the ability to monitor the amount of basketball discussion that takes place.

“We talk about games after the game on the way home with our parents,” Mary said. “Our parents love basketball, come to every one of our games and talk to us about the game on the way.”

When the car ride home concludes, so too does the discussion.

“We leave it all on the court and when we get home, we don’t talk about games too much,” Emily said.

The two then postpone being teammates, solely being sisters until the next time they pick up a basketball.

What's on Tap? What: Tenth Annual Institution for Savings Girls Basketball Tournament When: Tomorrow -- Manchester Essex vs. Ipswich, 5 p.m.; Newburyport vs. Triton, 7 p.m. Saturday -- Consolation, 5 p.m.; Championship, 7 p.m. Where: Newburyport High School

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