In the Lake Country Conference, there are more than a few sibling pairings on the basketball court.
T.J. (SR) and Tyler (JR) Tatum, Marietta
T.J. Tatum (6-4) and his brother Tyler (6-2) make up a formidable frontcourt for Marietta, which is off to a 12-3 start, the best for the Indians in seven years.
"Offensively, T.J. gives us that big presence inside that we haven't had for a while," Marietta coach Duane Shaw said. Tyler is really a defensive presence. He's quick and long."
Tyler is shooting over 50 percent from the floor and leads the team in blocked shots and steals, while TJ is one of Marietta's top rebounders.
Marietta's strong start to the season has been because of its defense, which is giving up only 39 points per game.
"They're a big part of what our defense is," Shaw said. "They're not all the success, but they contribute to the total team effort."
Jared (SR) and Paden (FR) Hayes, Kingston
When Kingston coach Taylor Wiebener needs to add some intensity to his practices, he just splits up the Hayes brothers.
Jared on one side and Paden on another in 5-on-5. It's an instant recipe for competitiveness.
"That competitive spirit spreads to our other players," Wiebener said. "There's definitely a different level of chemistry with those two for obvious reasons."
Jared, a 5-9 guard, is leading Kingston in scoring wtih 15.4 points per game, while Paden (5-8) is scoring 4.7 points per game in his first varsity season.
Kingston is 9-5, 2-1 in the Lake Country Conference, playing an up-tempo brand of ball that has Jared leading the way with his long-range shooting.
In one of the Redskins' more heart-stopping games of the season, both of the Hayes brothers starred. Against Atoka in the Kingston New Year's Classic, Jared hit five 3s in the first half, and Paden scored eight consecutive points in the fourth quarter to rally the Redskins back.
Kingston lost 42-41 in overtime, but it was a taste of the emotion and excitement the Hayes brothers bring to the court.
"Jared does that on a pretty consistent basis for us," Wiebener said. "But that showed us a lot about Paden's ability to take over a game, kinda like we've seen from Jared the last couple of years."
Paten (SR) and Samuel Bond (JR), Madill
Interchangable as either starters or a spark off the bench, Paten and Samuel Bond have been contributors to Madill's perfect start in Lake Country Conference play.
Paten is a 6-foot-2 guard, and Samuel is a 6-4 post. Madill coach Aaron George has been coaching the tandem since the eighth grade, and also coached Paten's and Samuel's older brother, Spencer.
Spencer was an All-Ardmoreite Super Team forward as a senior for Madill.
"They've been dependable" George said. "I'm glad to have them. They've looked up to Spencer and taken up some qualities that he has, so that's helping them."