Sisters & Hoops: Two sibling sets hit the court as Lady ‘Jackets

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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The Boyd Lady Jackets are off to another blazing start, and a lot of that success may have to do with how familiar the team is with each other.

At any one time Boyd will have two sets of sisters on the floor. Ashley and Amber Montgomery along with Chelsea and Kenzie Elkins make up half of the Lady Jacket rotation.

It’s a unique situation that each of the sisters embraces.

FAMILY COURT – Sisters Ashley Montgomery and Amber Montgomery along with McKenzie Elkins and Chelsea Elkins have helped the Boyd Lady Jackets to an 8-0 start. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“I truly think I’m blessed because a lot of siblings don’t get to play with each other,” Chelsea Elkins said. “It not only helps us grow as teammates, but also as sisters.”

With their victory over Venus Friday the Lady Jackets are off to an 8-0 start. Boyd also has impressive early-season victories over Springtown and Bridgeport.

The chemistry that is brought to the floor is difficult for any other team to match.

“We have two sets of sisters so we have a connection all over the court,” Ashley Montgomery said. “Everybody works together really well.”

Whether they are yelling at each other from the bench or knowing where one another is on the court, they are helping each other any way they can.

It’s the first time Boyd coach Lynn Cranfill has dealt with this situation.

“Even if they are not out on the court playing together, they are giving each other advice which helps out a whole lot,” Cranfill said.

That advice and yelling sometimes turns into the occasional sisterly spat, but it is nothing that usually isn’t overcome in a day.

The Elkins sisters play the same position, which adds another element to the equation, but Chelsea just looks at it as a way of picking each other up.

“It is easier to go through the season knowing I have somebody that has my back the whole time,” Chelsea Montgomery said.

With half the team being sisters it has brought the rest of the team closer together. Shae Williams, Kallie Tyner, Abby Harrell and Sophia Scott are the other four players and their relationship off the court is just as good as the relationship on the court.

“We have a good team with good team chemistry,” Cranfill said. “They go to each other’s houses and the movies together. They are all technically sisters; two sets of them are just kin to each other and that makes for good chemistry.”

The sisters understand the amazing opportunity they have with each other, and they don’t want it to go to waste.

“I didn’t get to play volleyball, with her and I’m not in track with her this year,” Ashley Montgomery explains. “It’s my last year in the house, so I’m glad I get to play basketball with her. We get to use this time to grow closer.”

It’s a lifetime of memories that these four will cherish forever.

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