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December 24, 2013

Golightly, Sylvester carry on brothers' CHS basketball legacy

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"I've always played up, so I'm used to having to go against stronger people at a younger age," she said. "I always know what to expect, so I'm just trying to go out there and do my best in all quarters of the game."

Sylvester, who stands at 6' 4" — an inch less than her brother Joey — led the team in blocks as a freshman last year. She opened the season with 11 points against Douglass, and later had eight points and eight rebounds in a win over Durant. The sophomore said she's finding life a little more difficult this season as teams have become more aware of the threat she poses down low on both sides of the ball.

"I get double-teamed a lot," Sylvester said. "I'm having to improve my outside shot, and I'm having to do moves now. I think at the beginning of [last year], I wasn't ready for varsity. But as the year kept going and I was playing with the seniors, that got me ready."

Growing up in basketball together has given the Golightlys and the Sylvesters a way to relate that few siblings can. While it has brought them together, the sport has at the same time allowed each player to carve a path for themselves and establish a legacy that is truly their own.

"I think I have my own game," Golightly said. "I say that because I can take from how he played, but go out there and do my own thing."

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