Twin sisters provide spark for unbeaten Nokomis girls basketball team as showdown with MDI looms

Posted Feb. 17, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
Nokomis' Kelsie Richards (right) tries to block Presque Isle's Hannah Graham as she drives for the basket players during the first half of the Eastern Maine Class B championship game in Bangor on Saturday, Feb, 23, 2013.
Nokomis' Kelsie Richards (right) tries to block Presque Isle's Hannah Graham as she drives for the basket players during the first half of the Eastern Maine Class B championship game in Bangor on Saturday, Feb, 23, 2013. Buy Photo
Nokomis' Kylie Richards (top) and Presque Isle's Hannah Graham fall on the floor as they scramble for the ball during the first half of the Eastern Maine Class B championship game on Feb. 23, 2013 in Bangor.
Nokomis' Kylie Richards (top) and Presque Isle's Hannah Graham fall on the floor as they scramble for the ball during the first half of the Eastern Maine Class B championship game on Feb. 23, 2013 in Bangor. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Twin sisters Kelsie and Kylie Richards feature different playing styles for the Nokomis High School basketball team.

“She’s more of a shooter and I’m more of a driver to the basket,” said Kylie, who is eight minutes younger than her twin. “We’re both pretty good on defense.”

The twins are two of the key components to the Nokomis 19-0 season to date.

Kelsie starts and is averaging 8-9 points and 4-5 assists per game. Kylie comes off the bench and supplies the team win an instant infusion of energy.

During Saturday’s 42-22 win over John Bapst of Bangor in an Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinal, Kylie made a steal just 30 seconds after entering the game.

Kelsie Richards finished with eight points and seven rebounds and Kylie contributed four points and four rebounds. Each girl had two assists.

Nokomis coach Michelle Paradis said Kelsie Richards is their floor general. She directs the offense, is one of their quickest players, and usually guards the top guard.

Kylie said Paradis, “has excellent anticipation and causes at least six or seven turnovers. When she comes in, our energy level goes up 150-200 percent.”

Kelsie said being twins “helps us a lot with basketball. It helps our chemistry. We’ve played together so long, we know what each other is going to do.”

Besides the numbers on their uniforms — Kylie wears No. 12 and Kelsie wears No. 23 — one of the other ways you can tell them apart is Kylie wears a knee brace.

“I injured my ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] last year. That’s why they have me coming off the bench now,” said Kylie, who appears very comfortable with her role.

They are used to people mixing them up and they have fun with it.

“People will ask us if we’re twins and we’ll say ‘No. We don’t even know each other,’” quipped Kylie.

They say their personalities and interests are similar with a few differences.

“I’m obviously the nicer one,” joked Kelsie.

Kelsie also said it can be annoying every once in a while.

“When one of us is grumpy, the other gets the brunt of it,” she said.

The Richards twins will try to make 17-2 Mount Desert Island grumpy at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday when they meet in a semifinal at the Cross Insurance Center.

 

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