Updated 01/24/2013 10:28 PM
Sisters share rare basketball bond
It's pretty rare for three siblings to play college athletics. It's even rarer to have all three on the same team. As YNN's Chris Whalen tells us, the Wright sisters of Davis College are taking rare to a whole new level.
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JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. -- At practice Thursday evening, the Davis College women's basketball team gets ready for this weekend's road game at Penn College of Technology.
Big contributors to the Lady Falcons 10-5 record are sisters Danielle, Natalie and Amber Wright.
"They'll give that look, you'll know 'ok, they're going to cut the baseline or they're going to do something a little bit different' and they read off each other very well and it works very well within our offense," said coach Larry Ellis.
But basketball wasn't always a part of the girls' lives. Danielle, 22, was the first to start playing when she joined a home school team her freshman year of high school.
"I had just heard about it, I'm on a home school soccer team, or I was, I heard about the basketball team and figured I'd give it a shot," said Danielle Wright.
A pretty bold move since many athletes have years of experience by the time they reach high school. An even bolder move for Danielle, considering she would be the only player on the team with one arm.
"It happened when I was nine. It was a tractor accident and I lost my arm. That's basically how it happened and I've lived with it for so long it doesn't really affect me," Danielle said.
But it did affect her sisters, in a positive way. After Danielle started playing basketball, sisters Natalie and Amber joined her on the court.
"It was amazing to everyone that saw her. She was very talented, she did everything everyone else could do and even better sometimes," said Natalie Wright.
Danielle is in her third year at Davis College and after playing a season at BCC, Natalie and Amber joined their older sister on the Falcons' court this year.
"It's great, you can definitely tell that we're sisters, because one nod of the head, we know what's going on on the court, so I love it," said Amber Wright.
And so does the team. Amber is averaging 19 and a half points per game, Natalie is a three point specialist with 8.5 points per game, while Danielle is the glue that holds the offense together, she has the team's season-high assists mark with ten in one game.
"I really like to pass. I like to go fast and I like to get passes and I love to give passes. That's why I love passing so much, is because they can read the passes and we can kind of get things going," said Danielle.
But as for where they'll go from here, the sisters are still unsure what exactly they want to do after college, but all say basketball will continue to be a part of their lives.