Most sisters, especially twin sisters, would feel the need to separate at some point in their lives. However, for freshman basketball players Kayla and Kelci Marosites (Elizabethton, Tenn.), there was never any intention to split up.
The Marosites twins started playing basketball together in the third grade, but they never took the game seriously until the fifth grade when they picked up travel ball.
In high school, Kelci was the fourth ranked guard in Tennessee and Kayla was awarded back-to-back honors as TSSAA Class AA Miss Basketball, having helped the team to a 33-1 record her senior season.
The pair was dominant on the court, which is why when it came down to picking a college it didn’t make sense to go separate ways.
“We had a good connection on the court, and we could find each other all the time,” Kayla said. “We knew where each other were at, and knew what the other was going to do.”
The sisters were recruited by schools such as Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech. SoCon rival Furman also showed interest.
Each school was trying to recruit them both, which remained consistent with the sisters’ plans to go to college together.
“We just like being with each other and playing together,” Kelci said.
ETSU came out on top in scoring the sisters, a major factor being able to stay close to home.
Kayla countered this by commenting on the unique experience that it is to be able to play a sport you love with someone so important, which is what they are to one another.
“We get along you know, we’re like best friends,” Kelci said.
Within the sport, the two are fairly similar in their abilities. Both are shooting guards, but Kayla has the ability to play more of a point guard whereas Kelci can play more of a forward.
So far this year Kelci has registered her game-high in points with 18 against Winthrop, and in the same game sister Kayla had a career-high eight points with five rebounds.
Outside of the sport, there are small attributes that make them different.
Kelci joked that really the only difference was that Kayla is a fan of brussel sprouts, whereas she can’t stand them.
The two sisters are ready and thankful for another four years to play together.
Both are undecided for majors but want to pursue a job within the medical field.