Q. How tough was it sitting out last year, particularly with missing a chance to play with Heather?
HANNAH: I was really excited to play last year, especially with Heather here and having a chance to play with her again. Plus, it was my junior year and I felt I had so much more to offer than in the past. I also knew the potential the team had and it was difficult to be out. At the same time. I kind of accepted this was what it was. It wasn’t a waste of a season; I was able to watch and learn. It was weird, too, because in high school we were supposed to get three years together and because of injuries we only had about one season together.
Q. The best part of being on the same team with your sister?
HANNAH: It’s nice. We’re away at school and it’s like a comfort thing. It reminds us of being at home. Playing, she knows what I’m going to do and I know what she’s going to do. It’s fun. It brings out different dynamics. We can joke around and know we’re not going to take anything personally.
HEATHER: I would probably say the chemistry. Sometimes you want to give constructive criticism and there’s nothing personal about it and no feelings will be hurt.
Q. Describe Heather’s game.
HANNAH: She’s a very smart player. She’s always one play ahead in reading her defender and teammates to see what they’re doing next. She knows what I’m doing next and knows what I want to do before I’m going to do it sometimes. I feel like once I make a move to drive to the hoop she relocates and knows where I’m going to get her the ball. She’s always thinking and every move has a purpose.
Q. Describe Hannah’s game.
HEATHER: She’s really, really aggressive. Offensively, she’s really explosive. She’s a 5-6 guard and she outrebounds the 6-foot posts we play. She’s extremely strong.
Q. Who were your role models?
HEATHER: My parents [Tom and Holly], and growing up I always looked up to my older brother [Mike]. He’s five years older than I am and I used to think he was so cool and so good at sports, I wanted to be like him. He played baseball at UMass Boston and was a pitcher.
HANNAH: My parents and my brother. Both of my parents have a real good work ethic and neither of them complained about anything while we were growing up. It was always do your best with what’s given to you. Work with it and don’t complain. If you work hard, you’ll get where you need to be. We started playing with my brother’s friends and we were always outside. The only rule was, we could play with them if we didn’t cry. No matter how hard you got fouled, you couldn’t cry.Allen Lessels’s e-mail can be reached at llen.lessels@firstname.lastname@example.org.