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There’s also no doubt that part of the team’s personality is driven by sibling rivalry. But team unity isn’t an issue with these girls, whose familiarity allowed them to transition seamlessly from volleyball to basketball season.

The Bullettes had their first game just 11 days after their last volleyball match. They won by 56 points. The team motto this year is “Together We Make it Rain.”

“A couple of times when we’ve had a couple of sets of sisters on the floor at one time, it just seems like they do know we’re they’re at. Some of their passes, I wonder how in the world that pass got there. They know,” Rogers said.

Though the team’s leading scorer, Andrea Larson, doesn’t have a sister on the team, five of the next six behind her in points are related. The Hillyards and Holsteens have each taken nearly the same number of shots and average roughly the same amount of points per night, and the nine sisters combine for roughly two-thirds of the team’s scoring.

It all stems from what the girls describe as “one big family,” and one they hope makes the three-hour drive to Des Moines together for the state tournament next month.

“Since I was little, my mom always told me, `You’re going to get along with your sister no matter what,” Haley Hillyard said.

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