TAYLORSVILLE — Ever since they were little kids, twin sisters and teammates Lyndie and Lacy Haddock have shared a special relationship and chemistry that most people will never experience and that cannot be broken.
When the twin towers first arrived at Timpview High and received an opportunity to showcase exactly what they could do together on the court, their undeniable and electric chemistry became more evident than ever and immediately translated into success.
“Me and my sister have been playing together all of our lives and it's our senior year,” Lyndie Haddock said. “It’s our last year of playing basketball together and it’s really neat having a sister on the team. We always feed off of each other, keep each other calm and keep our heads. I couldn’t imagine playing without her.”
Now, in their senior years, the Haddock sisters have never looked better and most recently propelled the T-Birds to a back-and-forth 35-22 victory over No. 3 seed Logan in the opening round of the 4A girls basketball tournament Tuesday night.
“There is not a tougher team in the state, and a lot of that comes from the (Haddock) twins because of their background in volleyball and what they’ve accomplished,” Timpview coach Justin Snell said. “They’re back-to-back state champs and they know what it takes to win.”
Both teams had extremely sloppy first halves Tuesday and desperately struggled to find their shot as they each tallied just two points in the second frame and went to the half knotted up at 9-9.
That’s when Timpview said enough was enough. It made the necessary adjustments, and came out in the second half as an entirely different team.
The Haddock sisters completely took over as they combined for 28 of their team’s 35 total points and teamed up to surpass Logan’s 22 total points. Lyndie Haddock led all scorers with 20 points.
“We wanted to try to create driving lanes for Lyndie — that was our goal,” said Snell. “If they were going to sag, we are going to find a gap and try to get her in, and if they were going to help, she’s got her sister in there waiting for her. Lyndie did a fantastic job in the second half; she executed so well and just brought it. She got us over the hump.”
The T-Birds really picked up the intensity in the final minutes of the third and forced Logan into a plethora of mental mistakes and turnovers to spark an 8-2 run and take an 18-14 edge with just eight minutes remaining.
The Grizzlies were far from calling it quits and came out swinging in the fourth quarter to make it a one-possession game and put some pressure back on the home team.
However, after tallying just 18 points in the first three quarters combined, the T-Birds displayed tremendous poise and experience and responded with a pivotal 11-2 run en route to a decisive 17-point fourth quarter and first-round victory.
“They are just fantastic. They just refuse to lose and are just not, not going to win — they have to,” added Snell. “And they’ll do whatever possible to make sure that happens.”
Ryan Love is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications, and has been a part-time sportswriter and scoreboarder for the Deseret News since Oct. 2012.
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