KINGSLEY — Western Wayne's girls varsity hoops squad is off to its best start in several years, thanks in large part to the play of the "Wonder Twins."
Rachel and Rebecca Carmody may not possess rings with supernatural powers, but they are blessed with enough natural ability so as to appear magical on the basketball court.
"We put on awful lot of pressure on those two kids," Coach Colleen Kloss said of her sophomores. "But I know they can handle it. They work incredibly hard and they're great kids."
This past weekend, the Lady 'Cats traveled up to Kingsley to compete in an invitational tournament held each year at Mountain View. There, the Wonder Twins dazzled fans and bewildered opponents in leading their team to the 2012 tourney title.
Western Wayne defeated Lakeland in Friday's semis (40-33), then downed Mid Valley Saturday night to cop the crown (40-30).
"I'm really proud of this team," Coach Kloss said. "It's been quite awhile since we brought home a trophy from a tournament, so this feels very, very good."
The Lady 'Cats are off to a 5-1 start and will play one more game before going on holiday hiatus. When they return from their break, the local lasses will be fired up and ready to rumble at the Jaycees Tournament.
"We're all really looking forward to it," said Coach Kloss. "Things are starting to come together for us as a team and we're hoping to play well in front of some big crowds."
This year's edition of the Honesdale Area Jaycees Holiday Tournament will be played Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 28 here in the Maple City.
Rachel Carmody presents a nightmarish match-up problem for opposition coaches.
A sophomore forward who stands nearly six feet tall, Carmody can play in the low post and out on the perimeter. She can handle the ball, run the floor in transition or play with her back to the basket.
Page 2 of 3 - "Rachel is having just a phenomenal season so far," said Coach Kloss. "She can do it all at both ends of the court … on offense and on defense."
Carmody powered her way to 15 points on Friday night against Lakeland. She followed that up with a 22-point eruption on Saturday in the win over Mid Valley.
For her efforts, Rachel was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Meanwhile, sister Rebecca was also turning in a memorable performance.
Western Wayne's wily point guard was a model of consistency this weekend at Mountain View. She tallied eight in the semis and seven in the final, earning both high marks from her mentor and an berth in the mythical All-Tournament Team.
"One of the best things about Rebecca is that she creates so may opportunities," Coach Kloss said. "She takes the ball hard to the basket, then dishes to her teammates.
"Rebecca really sparks our offense."
By the Numbers
Western Wayne had to overcome a huge deficit in the early going against Lakeland.
The Chiefs raced out to a 21-8 lead after one quarter, but the Lady 'Cats retaliated with a 20-2 run leading up to intermission.
From there, Coach Kloss' girls played solid defense and protected their lead en route to a 40-33 win.
Bridget Quinn (six pts), Caleigh Wildenstein (five), Kelsey Russo (four) and Jordyn Jacques (two) closed out the Lady 'Cat attack.
In the title tilt, Western Wayne clung to a razor-thin lead at halftime, then broke things open with a dominant fourth quarter.
Quinn flexed her muscles in this one, dominating low post play on her way to an 8-point, 10-rebound night.
Page 3 of 3 - "Bridget is really starting to come into her own," said Coach Kloss of her senior center. "She's playing really well on defense, blocking shots and rebounding. But, she's also becoming more of a force on offense."
The Lady 'Cats outscored Mid Valley in every quarter but one en route to their double-digit win.
Wildenstein (two pts) and Russo (one) rounded out the scoring.
Score by Quarters...
WW (5-1) 8 11 9 12 – 40
MV (3-2) 4 12 8 6 – 30