Toyota Athletes of the Week: Smith Sisters lead West Genesee girls hoops to new heights
Competition brings out the best in everyone, including Mackenzie and Madison Smith.
"They're such competitors," West Genesee head girls basketball coach Stafford Spreter explained. "It's always great to have them in your corner. They make practices competitive, they're competitive in games -- they're just solid players. There are so many things they do that you don't have to ask them to do or remind them to do."
Their team has been the direct beneficiary of that competitive spirit. The West Genesee girls average 66.5 points per game. Mackenzie's 17 [points per game] and Madison's 14 account for nearly half of the Wildcats offense on a nightly basis, which is why West Genesee's gunning for its third straight Sectional Championship Friday night.
"We don't really know anything different," Mackenzie Smith articulated. "Other than just being right next to each other all the time. Some people think that we're rude to each other sometimes, but we just want the best out of each other. We know our limits, so we're just pushing each other to get better."
"We have each other's backs," Madison Smith said defiantly. "So, we keep pushing each other to go harder and don't take it personally. We're just doing it to have each other play better."
They have played so well, in fact, each has already committed to play at the Division-I level. Mackenzie will attend Old Dominion while Madison chose Vermont.
"I just remember in eighth grade I went on a walk with my sister, and she was like, 'oh, you're going to go D-I'," Mackenzie Smith shared with a laugh. "I was like, 'there's no way. I don't believe it'."
"It's actually kind of ironic because I belong on the beach, and she's going there," Madison Smith said with a smile. "I hate the cold, but..."
The two are twin sisters, but what's the only thing better than twins?
Max Smith is a member of the West Genesee boys basketball team, and one proud twin brother.
"I just see how much work they put in for it," Max Smith responded. "To say they went D-I after all the hard work -- good for them."
"He [Max] always would say if he was a girl, he would be better than us," Mackenzie added with a chuckle.
With six total siblings, the Smith family is a basketball family.
It just so happens Mackenzie and Madison are a little bit better than the rest.