The Rhodes Sisters hope to help Whitfield defend the 5th Grade Girls Basketball Championship | Girls’ basketball

Britney Rhodes admits that she occasionally borrows clothes from her older sister Brooklyn Rhodes.

“He looks at what I’m wearing and says, ‘Is this my shirt?’ And I’ll say yes, “Britney said. “Then he gets angry with me.”

Minor battles for their wardrobes are probably the only inharmonious moment between the sisters, whose bond was a major factor in the next special season of the Whitfield girls’ basketball team.

Britney, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, and Brooklyn, a 6-2 junior, are best friends.

“They’re arguing a little bit – but that’s all,” said Phil, the father of the two.

Whitfield (23-3) is in the state semifinals for the fourth time in five years, thanks to a dynamic duo that helps lead the way.

Britney Rhodes of Whitfield (Wednesday) bounces between Morgan Ramthun of Incarnate Word (10) and Abbie Sextro during the Visitation Christmas Tournament on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Visitation Academy in the city and countryside, Mo. Paul Kopsky

The Warriors, who advocate 5th-class state champions, are pulling a 15-game winning streak against Webster Groves (24-5) in a semifinal match on Friday at 10:00 at JQH Arena Missouri State University in Springfield.

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The West Plains (25-4) face Smithville (21-8) in the second semifinal of the 5th class at noon. The winners will meet for the state crown on Saturday at 14:00.

The Rhodes sisters played a major role in the return of the warriors to sacred ground, as they did last year, when they joined forces to help the program capture the first state championships.

“We need them around to be as good as we can be,” said JaNyla Bush, a sophomore at Whitfield.

Brooklyn leads Whitfield in rebounds 9.8 per game and holds second place in the scoring (12.7).

However, its strength may lie in the defensive part, where it anchors a stopwatch, which allows a lousy 35.7 points per match. Brooklyn has recorded 13 doubles this season.

Britney also offers a two-way shot with an average of 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds.

Whitfield's sisters Rhodes

Britney Rhodes of Whitfield (left) and Brooklyn Rhodes (right) with their father Phil. Photo uploaded

Brooklyn gets a little more playing time, although coach Mike Slater usually replaces one Rhodes after another.

“They support each other like crazy,” Slater said. “In practice, they shoot free throws together, bounce off each other. They work hard to improve.”

The two have a certain synergy – on and off the pitch. They meet together in the same group of friends and stand up for each other in every situation.

“She’s holding my back and I’m holding her,” Britney said. “That’s always been the case.”

The younger Britney may be an inch smaller, but has a more open character.

“(Britney) is a social butterfly, she’s the one you know when she’s in the room,” Slater said. “They’re both great kids, and the best part is that they both bring different things to the table.”

Brooklyn started playing first class basketball.

Her introduction to the game was a bit rough, but she quickly orientated herself.

“She followed me to play basketball, so I finally let her,” Phil recalled. “Then in the first half of the first match she just stood and cried. She didn’t do anything. I talked to her and she got a little more in the second half.”

Brooklyn recalls, “I was scared. I wasn’t sure what to do.”

Whitfield's sisters Rhodes

Brooklyn Rhodes of Whitfield (left) and Britney Rhodes at a younger age. Photo uploaded

This lack of expertise quickly disappeared. Britney followed suit a few years later, hoping to join her sister, who enjoyed it at the time.

The two have been making noise on the court ever since.

“Basketball is exactly what we do,” Brooklyn said.

The pair enjoyed the thrill of life when they danced on the court with the state trophy last March. Brooklyn averaged 12.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per title squadron. Britney added 3.2 points and 3.1 rebounds.

“How great is it to win it all with your sister?” Britney said.

The couple is trying to repeat this feeling this weekend as well.

“We’re playing pretty well and we know what to expect,” Brooklyn said. “It’s going to be fun.”

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