The basketball roots run deep on Mother Teresa’s senior girls high school hoops team: two of the Spartans’ star players are sisters.
Zoe and Alison Cotton grew up playing basketball against each other, and now the two anchor the Spartans’ first and second units.
Older sister Zoe, in grade 12, does her damage in the post as part of the starting five. She says it’s been great playing with her younger sister.
“In elementary school, we used to play together,” the elder sibling says. “This year, we didn’t have that many players, so she came up from grade 9. I really enjoy it. It’s fun to play with her for my last year.”
Younger sister Alison, in her first year of high school, succeeds at forcing turnovers and scoring in transition. She says games of one-on-one growing up with her sister could get pretty intense.
“I would block her a couple times, and she’d get mad at me,” the younger Cotton says. “Usually, she’d win, but I was always competitive. I’d always try to win against her.”
The two sisters have been racking up the points for the Spartans this season, as Mother Teresa has managed to finish the regular season undefeated. For the Cotton siblings, the next goal is clear: finish with a championship.
“Winning it together would be awesome,” Alison says. “It’s her last year, so we want to win it.”