GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Occasionally siblings have the opportunity to play on the same team, but over in Palisade the family ties have been bumped up a few notches.
Four girls on the basketball team look extremely similar, that's because they're related, and they're known as the Brown sisters.
The sister act has taken to the courts of the Palisade Bulldogs basketball team. Four sisters, all on varsity, each one a different age.
"We're like half of the team," said senior Jenna Brown. "We all have to be in good shape and be healthy and work hard for our team, too."
For one single season they have the opportunity to play alongside each other, and it's a year they've all been waiting for.
"We've just always been talking about it waiting for me to get to high school," said the youngest, freshman Christa Brown.
And the sisters aren't the only ones who have been anticipating the 2013-14 season.
"There's been lots of people," said Jenna. "When I tell them I have three sisters and they're all in a row, they're like oh my gosh that means when you're a senior there's going to be a junior, a sophomore, and a freshman. And I'm like yes."
For the past five years, Palisade's basketball team has been unable to finish with a winning record. This year, they're already off to a 6-1 start, performing at a completely different level, and the sister bond is a big part of the equation.
"We have good chemistry, and it just works together," said junior Casey Brown. "We know each other's weaknesses, and we just run off of each other's energy."
"We know everything about each other, so it's easier to play with each other," said sophomore Ashlyn Brown. "I mean, sometimes we fight, but it's a sister thing you know?
As for the game-time starters, you'll often see at least three of the Browns making their way to center court for tipoff, but sibling rivalry has never been a big problem.
"We work hard for our spots, said Casey. "It's just something that we've earned and we've worked hard for."
And at the end of the day, they know family is forever.
"The coolest part is knowing that I have those three to back me up and that we can all play together as a family and as a team," said Ashlyn.
Palisade's next home game is set for Friday night at 6:00 PM against Steamboat Springs. You can catch the highlights on Friday Night's Overtime.
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