If you look at Laurel High girls basketball box scores from this season, chances are you’ll see the last name Gibson as the Lady Spartans’ leading scorer.
Sisters Caroline and Faith Gibson have led Laurel (14-11) on an historic run into the second round of the PIAA Class 3A playoffs.
In the first round, both sisters posted 13 points in a 49-40 win over Seneca and in doing so earned Lawrence County High School Co-Athletes of the Week honors. The award is sponsored by Washington Centre Physical Therapy and selected by the New Castle News sports staff.
Caroline, the older of the two sisters, leads the Lady Spartans in scoring with 12.7 points per game, while Faith follows closely behind at 12.2.
“Whether it’s on defense or offense, they’ve really stepped into whatever role we need them to play,” Laurel coach Matt Stebbins said. “Caroline leads the team in points and steals and Faith’s been getting better on both ends of the floor with her shooting ability and her defense.”
Caroline has taken on an increased role in her junior season after last season’s leading scorer, Diana Pontius, graduated. She says it took her a little while to get used to the added workload, but she’s settled in nicely.
“As a point guard, I’ve always sort of been used to handling the ball and running the offense,” she said. “But Diana helped us a lot with her scoring, so I just have to keep playing the way I’m used to and score as much as I can while trying to create offense for all my teammates.”
Faith, a sophomore, says that while there’s not necessarily a sibling rivalry, her older sister pushes her to be a better player on a daily basis.
“I do get a little bit jealous whenever she has a better game or scores more points,” she said with a smile. “In the end, we both play for the same team and we benefit one another. She pushes me quite hard and I always get mad at her. I used to get so mad when she would beat me one-on-one, but it always made me better.”
Both say that the other sister has aspects of the game that they’d like to improve upon.
For Faith, she says she’d like to have Caroline’s ball-handling ability, while Caroline says she hopes to become as good a 3-point shooter as Faith, who leads the county with 54 made 3s.
Both added that this run through the state playoffs was made more special because they get to play with one another.
“We never even really thought we would come this far,” Faith said. “Doing it together, I think, is really awesome for both of us.”