Siblings have been playing one-on-one hoops forever. Sometimes it gets heated. Sometimes it crosses the line.
Just ask Meghan and Ashley Lutz. Ever wind up fighting?
“Yes,’’ said Meghan, emphatically. “We played until we got into a big fight, or got tired.’’
“Not a huge fight, but we definitely got angry at each other,’’ said Ashley. “Then one of us would storm off.’’
“Sometimes it just didn’t end well,’’ said their mother, Lisa.
The sisters are pretty much over it now.
They’ve sparked a surprising 14-6 Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School team into the Division 1 North tournament. Meghan is a 5-foot-7 senior shooting guard, averaging 8.3 points per game. Ashley is a 6-1 junior front-court player who is delivering a double-double (averaging 12.2 points and 11.2 rebounds) each game.
Meghan said, “I tried every sport when I was growing up, but basketball was the only one I liked.’’ She discovered this in third grade.
Not the case with Ashley. “She hated basketball,’’ said Meghan. “She liked Irish step-dancing, theater, and stuff.’’
Ashley admits to having preferred “dance, drawing, and art. Now it’s pretty much basketball.’’ She wants to play at the Division 1 level in college.
“Ashley knows and respects the game as much as anyone I’ve ever coached,’’ said Lincoln-Sudbury’s coach, Liza Feldman. “She’s in the gym every chance she gets. She goes back to the gym after practice. She has extremely high expectations for herself.’’
Ashley and Meghan have played varsity since their freshman year. Their sister Emma, a freshman, also made varsity this year.
Meghan’s game is slashing to the hoop and kicking it out when necessary. “She leads the team in minutes but has the fewest turnovers,’’ said Feldman. “She’s hard to take out of the game. She’s a consistent, quiet leader.’’
The presence of the sisters ended any discussion whether this would be a rebuilding season for the Warriors.
‘’I didn’t expect us to go this far,’’ admitted Meghan. “We only had four players returning. It’s such a new team.’’
Her two best games were against Boston Latin (13 points) and Wellesley (14), both wins.
“Meghan’s reliable at both ends of the floor,’’ said Feldman. “She has a knack of getting to the basket and finishing.’’ She’s shooting 45 percent from the floor.
Lacking height, the Warriors needed Ashley to rebound more this season. “We challenged her to hit the boards a little harder,’’ said Feldman. “She’s responded at both ends of the floor.’’
Ashley averaged 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in her freshman year. “It was a whole new world playing against people older than me,’’ she said. “The biggest thing was staying focused and working harder.’’
“She showed great promise,’’ said Feldman. It all came together last season. Playing mostly in a reserve role, she averaged 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. She shot 47 percent from the floor, 76 percent from the foul line, and drained 20 threes.
“It was clear she’d done a lot of work to improve,’’ said Feldman. Ashley made the Dual County League all-star team.
“I was more confident that year,’’ said Ashley. “More forceful. This year, with a new team, I really wanted to step up.’’
Even with another year of high school left, Ashley is looking at colleges. “I definitely want to play Division 1,’’ she said; she has looked into Colgate, among others.
Meghan has to make a decision soon. “I’m still deciding. It may be a Division 3 school like WPI, where I could play, or a Division 1 school where I won’t.’’
The tallest Lutz, 6-4 Michael, played baseball rather than hoops. He attends Bryant University. There are two Lutz boys in elementary school.
With six kids, Lisa Lutz doesn’t get much time for herself. Her husband, Chris, a patent lawyer in Westborough, said “it’s a juggling act. We do the best we can.’’
Lisa added, “I work full time, get dinner, spend time with the boys until 8 o’clock,’’ and then it’s off to the Longfellow Sports Club, where Ashley works on her shooting.
“I rebound for her,’’ said Lisa. “We stay until 10.’’
Lisa knows the source of her daughters’ competitiveness.
“It comes from me. I’m very competitive. It’s dog-eat-dog in our house.’’Lenny Megliola can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org