Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Basketball: Reinneck Twins Serve Different Roles to Help Lebanon Make History

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Basketball: Reinneck Twins Serve Different Roles to Help Lebanon Make History

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LEBANON, ILL. - It is only 12 minutes.

But Lebanon High junior Emily Reinneck occasionally will play the age card with her twin sister, Abigail.

"Once in a while, I'll tell her, 'I'm older, I'm the boss so you better listen to me,' " Emily said.

Abigail is never impressed.

"Twelve minutes, does that really matter?" she said.

Actually, the Reinneck twins are the best of friends -- both on and off the basketball court.

Their camaraderie and harmony has played a key role in the Greyhounds' program-record run to the elite eight.

Lebanon (30-1) faces Lewistown (29-4) in the Class 1A Brown County Super-Sectional at 7 p.m. Monday in Mount Sterling. The winner advances to the state tournament, which begins Friday in Normal.

The Greyhounds are coming off the first sectional championship in school history thanks to a 50-46 triumph over Okawville on Thursday.

Emily and Abigail form the second set of twins, age-wise, on a team led by seniors Kendra and Krista Bass.

The Reinneck girls are the more laid-back of the two sets, but they are extremely important to the team's success.

Emily, a 5-foot-8 winger, is second in scoring at 13.1 points per game. Abigail, 5-8, is the defensive stopper. Her ability to hold the opposition's top gun in check has been invaluable during the playoff run.

"What she does largely goes unnoticed," Lebanon coach Chad Cruthis said of Abigail. "But she's the best at what she does."

The Reinneck girls have that unspoken twin bond. They know exactly where the other will be on the court. And one is rarely seen without the other away from the court.

"She's my best friend and we're always together," Emily said. "People are used to it. If you see one of us, you see us both."

Like regular sisters, they have their share of squabbles, most of which are minor. …

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