Smith twins power Paducah Tilghman girl's basketball
PADUCAH, KY -- If you have seen Paducah Tilghman play this year, don't worry you are not seeing double. Identical twin sisters Joya and Jalisa Smith, have that effect on most people.
"People that don't know us get us mixed up," Joya Smith said. "But if you are around us a lot then we don't look anything alike."
"It's funny because the refs get us mixed up during games," Jalisa Smith said.
It's even sometimes hard for head coach Rod Thomas to tell them apart.
"Back when they were freshman or 8th grade I had a hard time telling them apart," Thomas said. "Now it's pretty easy to tell them apart because they are so different."
Even though both are identical in their looks, their personalities are completely different and it shows on the court.
"I am a little more outgoing on the court than Jalisa is," Joya said. "She is a little more laid back."
"Jalisa is what we call a legit center," said Thomas. "She isn't comfortable outside of the paint as much as Joya is. Joya can step out and play the 3 or 4 spot for us."
But both think they are the better player.
"We are about the same, but when it comes down to it I will say that I am the best player," Jalisa said.
"It's not just about stats," said Joya. "I feel like I do more on the court than she does at times."
No matter who the best player is one things is clear for the two juniors. Whoever plays Tilghman in the future could have problems with double vision.