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Smiths - Sibling 'rivals' unite

February 13, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

Editor's Note: The following is the first of a four-part series on sibling teammates who play basketball in the Tri-State area.

kauffman@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Know this about Williamsport girls basketball stars Lindsey and Morgan Smith: They may be sisters, but they have personalities all their own.

Just listen to their choice of ACC basketball teams.

Somehow, in a family where their dad is a University of Maryland fan, Lindsey strayed off the Terps' path to root for Duke -- an act of rebellion if ever there was one -- while Morgan, with the help of her friends, has taken an interest in, of all teams, North Carolina.

That's right. A Terps fan, a Blue Devils fan and a Tar Heels fan, all under one roof. Imagine the possibilities.

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"It's pretty crazy," Lindsey Smith said of what takes place when any of the three teams play each other. "My sister and I get pretty into it."

"Normally, Lindsey rubs it in my face if Duke wins," Morgan Smith said, "and I do the same if UNC wins."

While the sisters may be at odds in front of the TV, or when they play a little 1-on-1 ("It's pretty close usually," Lindsey said), when they're both wearing the Wildcats colors, they're pretty tough as a tandem.

Lindsey, a 6-foot junior center, and Morgan, a 6-foot sophomore forward, combine to average 21 points per game as Williamsport's top two scorers, and do a large chunk of the rebounding as well.

On Feb. 3, Morgan had 18 points, including the game-winning layup, and Lindsey had 11 points and eight rebounds as Williamsport earned its biggest victory this season against North Hagerstown.

"We need their production every game," Wildcats coach Chris Malott said. "They are the two leaders of this team production-wise. There's a tremendous upside. The potential is there for them to do real good things in the future."

According to Malott, the sisters do everything they can to tap into their potential year-round.

"They love the game," he said. "We have summer conditioning and workouts, and they don't miss them. They play AAU ball in the summer, which every coach loves."

As the older sister, Lindsey is the leader for both Morgan and the rest of the Wildcats. She tends to lead by example.

"Morgan's very outgoing and fun-loving, and Lindsey's a little more reserved," Malott said. "They're both great personalities."

"It makes it easier having a big sister," Morgan said. "I don't know what I'd do without her."

The ultimate truth is, both sisters are better on and off the court because of each other. And yes, it has a little something to do with their rooting interests.

"We're very competitive," Morgan said. "That's what motivates us. We're always driving each other to keep going."

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