ELCHO - Elcho girls basketball went 33 years without winning a conference title. Then the Hornets claimed back-to-back Northern Lakes championships in 2017 and 2018. That's thanks in large part to a pair of sisters.
"She can read my mind before I can even tell what's going on and vice versa," said Elcho senior Jessica Slowik.
"I don't even know how to explain it. It just happens," said Elcho sophomore Katelyn Slowik.
Whatever the explanation might be, the Slowik sisters make the Elcho Hornets tough to beat.
"[With] both of the girls on the court is when we are the strongest," said Elcho Head Coach Michelle Kincaid.
That's partly because of their different styles.
"We call [Katelyn] little because she is little and she's very, very speedy," said Kincaid.
"Jess is a little more laid back. She looks at the game a little bit differently, she lets the game come to her a little bit more," said Kincaid.
Jessica thinks it gives her and Katelyn a nice balance.
"I let her take the more aggressive aspect, so diving after the ball, getting the loose rebounds, and I'm kind of there to back her up with the shot," said Jessica Slowik.
Statistically, they're two of the best. Both players are top five in the conference in points, assists and steals. But off the floor they make a different kind of impact.
"They are great leaders around the school," said Kincaid. "They do it in the classroom. They're honor students."
Katelyn says she tries to be like her sister both on and off the basketball court.
"Following Jessica is just like setting a goal to be as great as her and having someone that I can always count on," said Katelyn Slowik.
On the court, they'll keep counting on each other, in a way that only they can.
"We just have that special bond on the floor that's really hard to have with other teammates. We just get each other," said Jessica Slowik.
The Hornets are a No. 2 seed n the D5 playoffs. They'll host the winner of Florence and Lena on Friday.