They didn’t play a lot basketball of their native Eire, so how did Lucy, a junior, and Sophie, a freshman, find yourself collectively on the varsity for the Porters?
One phrase — focus.
“They’re self-made,” Lockport coach Darien Jacobs stated. “They’ve discovered the sport and skilled themselves. Their mother and father don’t know something concerning the sport.”
Their dad’s work introduced the Hynes sisters to the Chicago space simply earlier than Lucy grew to become a freshman. Again residence, in Mullingar within the Irish Midlands, they performed Gaelic soccer, which Sophie described as “soccer along with your palms.”
The sisters agreed the perfect elements about America are the faculties and the alternatives, together with the possibility to play totally different sports activities.
Which means basketball, the place Lockport performs within the robust SouthWest Suburban Blue. The Porters (12-18, 0-8) will tackle Stagg in Tuesday’s Class 4A Andrew Regional semifinals.
“After I moved over, I feel I simply heard concerning the ladies basketball crew,” Lucy stated. “I actually had an curiosity in it. I labored onerous and I used to be capable of get on varsity.”
Sophie not often performed basketball in Mullingar — “within the yard, a couple of times” — however like her sister she labored tirelessly in eighth grade to place herself in place to take that step.
Jacobs has marveled at what they’ve been capable of accomplish in a brief time frame, notably Lucy, who’s averaging 8.8 factors and 5.0 rebounds.
“She got here off the bench her sophomore yr, however she contributed,” Jacobs stated. “A variety of occasions you see the large soar within the offseason, however she made an enormous soar previous to the season after which throughout the season, too.”
That lined the complete complement of expertise, with ballhandling, shot taking, decision-making and guarding the publish.
All that’s excellent news for Jacobs, contemplating ahead Veronica Bafia, Lockport’s solely senior, will quickly graduate. That may make Lucy Hynes the crew’s main defender subsequent season.
“She will do it as a result of it’s not solely about her athleticism however her mindset, too,” Jacobs stated.
It hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns, nevertheless. For instance, Sophie missed time earlier within the season because of a damaged nostril and a concussion.
“It’s been tough working my approach again,” she stated.
How a lot has she relied on her older sister?
“Greater than she is aware of,” Sophie stated with a smile.
In accordance with Bafia, the sisters have performed the sport like seasoned veterans.
“I feel the principle factor they’ve introduced is protection,” Bafia stated. “They know tips on how to get in entrance. Their IQ is superb on the court docket. They learn the place the go goes and assault the basket.”
Enjoying varsity basketball within the Southland isn’t simple, however the sisters have taken that in stride, selecting to just accept the problem as a studying expertise.
“I feel the harder competitors has made us perceive the areas by which we have to enhance on in apply,” Lucy stated.
It doesn’t matter what occurs within the playoffs, the Hynes sisters will stroll away with a boatload of recollections from their first expertise taking part in basketball collectively.
For Sophie, her favourite second this winter got here throughout the season-opening Willowbrook Event, the place she ended up scoring her first varsity basket. That was earlier than her damage.
Lucy, in the meantime, takes extra of an general view.
“I don’t know if it’s one second that stood out,” she stated. “It’s simply the crew has gotten quite a bit nearer, particularly the final couple of weeks, so I feel it’s actually cool you may make pals within the sport.”
Gregg Voss is a contract reporter for the Day by day Southtown.