Twin threat Gorecki sisters share lead role for Kingwood

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 27, 2004

When the girls on Kingwood Christian School’s basketball team look for senior leadership, they see double; when it came time for coach Jerry Stearns to pick a captain for the team, he opted for two; and when opposing teams line up against the Lions they often wind up complaining of double vision.

All because Kingwood’s co-captains, Meghan and Lindsay Gorecki, are the team’s only seniors &045; and happen to be identical twin sisters.

With only two games remaining, an undefeated regular season could be

waiting just around the corner for Kingwood.

Its been the Gorecki twins, Stearns said, who have served as a nucleus for the team during its 21-game win streak this year.

&uot;They are leaders both on and off the floor,&uot; Stearns said. &uot;They’re the only seniors on the team and I think the other girls look up to them.&uot;

Lindsay and Meghan only began playing organized basketball during their freshman year at Kingwood, but even then it was against their mother’s wishes.

Scared the girls would get injured, their mother didn’t want them to play.

&uot;Now she’s one of their biggest fans,&uot; Stearns said.

But Deb Gorecki’s fears came true last season when Lindsay tore her ACL, requiring

season-ending knee surgery.

&uot;It was hard sitting there watching and not being able to play,&uot; Lindsay said.

But Lindsay remained an active part of the team, dressing out fully for every game even though there was no chance she could play.

Lindsay’s return to the team this season gave the girls an added physical presence, Stearns said.

Both Gorecki girls are 5-feet-11-inches tall, giving Kingwood a height advantage over many teams.

They’re also the first senior class to have come all the way through Stearns’ program. The Goreckis were freshman when Stearns took over as girls basketball coach four years ago.

&uot;This team has grown up together,&uot; Stearns said.

&uot;They know each other, they know what each other can do and is capable of doing. They work together and they’re all unselfish.&uot;

Perhaps none of them know each other as well as Meghan and Lindsay, who literally grew up together and practice together often.

&uot;The other night the ball was going out of bounds and I went to save it,&uot; Lindsay said. &uot;I threw it behind my back and Meghan caught it between a bunch of other girls. She knew exactly what I was doing. I don’t think anyone else on the team would have known that.&uot;

But the twin-act doesn’t bode well for opposing teams.

&uot;The other night we had a game against Shelby Academy and they didn’t know who to guard,&uot; Meghan said.

Despite their physical similarities, Stearns said the two girls have very different styles of play.

Lindsay is more of an offensive player, a &uot;sweet shooter,&uot; Stearns said, while Meghan is more aggressive and a defensive specialist.

Kingwood basketball is a family affair for the Goreckis.

Father, John Gorecki, a former basketball player at Arkansas, is an assistant coach at Kingwood and older sisters Rachael and Jennifer attend every game.

Rachael even keeps statistics for the Lions