Sisters key backcourt for Wyalusing
As Paighton Martin brings the ball up court she looks to make a pass.
Waiting on the other end of that pass is her big sister Mackenzie for the basket.
It's a scene that is becoming very common for the Wyalusing Rams this year as Paighton is the starting point guard and Mackenzie is the team's leading scorer.
"I love being able to play with my sister," Mackenzie said.
"It's fun, we mainly get along," Paighton Martin added.
For Paighton there is nothing more fun than feeding her older sister for a basket.
"It's pretty cool, Martin to Martin is pretty great," she said.
Both players are adjusting to much different roles this year.
A year ago Paighton was a freshman, playing a lot on the junior varsity team and getting some time at the varsity level.
"It's a lot quicker," Paighton said of the varsity game. "Watching from the bench was a lot easier."
While Mackenzie is a returning starter, her role has changed a lot to as she is now one of the seniors and team leaders.
"It's definitely a lot different," she said. "I'm used to being one of the younger people."
Having her older sister on the team has made the adjustment this year a lot easier for Paighton.
"It made it a lot easier," she said. "I ask her about a lot of stuff."
And, both players learned a lot from some of the players that came before them.
"Laci (Holdren) was really good at helping me and (Alexis) Daly was to even though she played a different position," Paighton said.
While Mackenzie learned from the upperclassmen that came before her, she looked up to someone else even more when she was younger.
"My mom was one of the people I looked up to most for leadership," she said. "When I was in 10th grade I went to my mom for everything."
Mackenzie knows that having an older sister on the team when she was younger would have made things easier.
"It sure would have helped a lot," she said.
Both girls know how special this year is getting the chance to both start together.
"It's our one and only year and we want to enjoy it," Paighton said.
And, Paighton knows how different it will be next eyar.
"It's going to be different," she said "We have such good leadership in this senior class."
One of the things that's a little unique about this year's team is the makeup of the roster.
Of the starters, and top players off the bench, each is a senior or a sophomore.
"It helps, the chemistry is really good," Paighton said. "I played with them (the sophomores) all my life, we know each other really well."
It's one of the things that has made the transition to varsity point guard easier for Paighton, having two classmates and her sister among the other starters.
"With her I know what she's going to do," Paighton said. "And, it's the same with the sophomores because I have played with them so long."
"And, I have that same thing with Arielle (Kneller)," Martin said of her chemistry with the other senior in the starting lineup.
Having both sisters on the court with each other also means plenty of talking and helping each other out.
"She helps me a lot," Paighton said. "Pretty much every game I go to talk to her."
"She tells me things sometimes to," Mackenzie said of her younger sister helping her with her game.
While both sisters do help each other out, Paighton knows her sister doesn't need as much advice.
"She does her thing, she knows what to do," Paighton said.
A year ago the Rams were the NTL champions and they would like a chance to repeat, and they'd like to win some games in districts.
While it's stuff they were a part of a year ago, it would be more special this year with both starting.
"It would be awesome," Mackenzie said. "I really think we can do it. The big thing is we don't want any drama and it's been fun, we have a lot of team chemistry.
"We all really try and support each other."
While she didn't play as much last year, it was a fun experience for Paighton. But, she knows success as a starter this year would be more special.
"You still feel like a part of the team when you are on the bench," she said. "But, I feel like now I help the team a lot more."
Mackenzie knows that people in the role her sister was a year ago will be vital to the team's success this season.
"The people on the bench help to," she said.
While Paighton has two more seasons after this one, Mackenzie is starting to realize this is her final season.
"It's weird, part of me feels like a senior and part of me doesn't," she said.
While she will be gone after this year, that doesn't mean she won't still be there supporting her sister and the team.
"I will come back and support her and all of the team," Mackenzie said. "I will always be there for her."