FORT WAYNE —
The problem is they are not twins. In fact, they are not even related.
“We get that a lot,” Kourtney said. “We are used to it by now. We actually like it and laugh about it.”
You can’t really blame people for making the assumption.
“We sometimes wish we were twins because it would make everything cooler,” Kavan said.
Cooler like …
“… Sometimes we finish each other’s sentences,” Kourtney said. “We do have twin moments and really think we were meant to be twins.”
The two have known each other since middle school and started playing basketball together as eighth-graders. That’s also when the two became best friends.
“We always knew each other as the other tall girl,” Kourtney said.
The closeness has made playing together much easier, almost like they were twins.
“Sometimes we could have that twin telepathy because we know how each other plays since we have been playing together for so long, and we know where each other will be on the court,” Kavan said.
Despite the lack of a familial relationship, there are simply a lot of similarities.
The two average almost the same numbers on the court, with Kavan at 10.1 points and 6.1 rebounds and Kourtney at 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. Kourtney makes 54 percent of her field goals, while Kavan is at 48 percent. Free throws are even closer with Kavan at 65 percent and Kourtney at 63 percent.
“If you compare them statistically, they are nearly identical,” East Noble coach DeAnn Booth said. “They are alike in that they are very coachable, have outstanding work ethics, are great leaders and teammates and are just all-around very nice young ladies.”
The two even play the same position, in the post, for the Knights. One is No. 40 (Kourtney) and the other is 42 (Kavan).
Both players are multisport athletes with Kavan also playing volleyball and running track, while Kourtney also excels in volleyball. Both also have college aspirations, but more than likely that’s where their until partnership will end.
And then there are the differences, which aren’t many.
“Kourtney is much more a finesse player, and Kavan plays much more aggressively but isn’t quite as smooth,” Booth said.
The two are also part of another sisterhood of sorts with the rest of the team, which is in the midst of one of the school’s best girls basketball seasons in quite a while. East Noble is 12-4 overall and tied for second place in the NHC at 4-1.
“We have had such a great season, and it is awesome we are doing it our senior year,” Kavan said.
The credit for the success goes to the balance and versatility for the team, whose only conference loss was to powerhouse Homestead.
“We just have so much trust in each other,” Kourtney said. “Coach can put in any group of five in, and we would be able to handle a team. It doesn’t matter who is in the game.”