Smith twins lead Lady Eagle attack

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 30, 2004

All-time scoring leaders look ahead after standout Reserve Christian careers

By Kevin Chiri


RESERVE – Twin trouble.

That may be the way opposing basketball teams view the Reserve Christian Lady Eagle team this year.

When seniors Trenell and Trenese Smith take the court, opposing teams know they have got their hands full.

The duo has averaged 44 points a game together this season, and already rank as the top two career scorers in school history.

Now comes the tough part-deciding where to continue their basketball careers.

“We really would like to go to one school together,” the girls agreed.

But for that to happen, they will have to get “twin offers,” and that may be a little more difficult to happen.

One thing so far is clear, whoever gets the girls will get some talented ball players.

Trenell is averaging 28.7 points a game, while Trenese is scoring at a 15.5 clip. Both are outstanding shooters, and have great quickness, which translates into good college players.

“They both can play college ball, probably at a smaller Division I school,” RCA head coach Kevin Branch said. “And some schools are trying to work out a deal to get them both. I hope that can work out.”

The girls began playing at the usual young age, starting in rec leagues and playing against each other at the house.

“We’ve always been very competitive,” Trenell said. “And I think that has helped us improve.”

Trenell said that her greatest strengths are “shooting and speed,” while Trenese likes to point to her “defense and hustle” as assets.

Either way, the duo should provide a boost for some colleges, with schools like Dartmouth, Millsaps, Liberty, Samford, Southern and Loyola showing interest.

“We like the idea of going to a big school, but if we aren’t going to play, I would rather go to a smaller school,” Trenese said. “We both just know that we want to keep playing somewhere.”

So far this season, the two have led the girls team at Reserve Christian to a 13-3 record, after leading them to the state semi-finals last year.