There soon may come a time when the Slicklein family witnesses a very rare “triple-double.”
Not that kind of triple-double. We’re talking about the kind in which triplets each score in double figures on the same night in varsity basketball.
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The Slicklein triplets all play for Kings Park, with Tiffany and Taylor starting on the girls team and Ryan coming off the bench for the boys team.
“They are all so different,’’ Kings Park girls basketball coach Tom Edmundson said of the juniors. “But they support each other unconditionally. You don’t always get that with siblings. Especially when they all play the same sport.”
The girls showed off their chemistry yesterday as Tiffany had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Taylor added 11 points in Kings Park’s 61-44 win over Half Hollow Hills West. “We know where each other are at all times,” Tiffany said. “It’s like we have the same brain.”
Same brain, different style of play. Tiffany is dominant inside, Taylor is dangerous outside.
Taylor opened the second quarter with a three-pointer in transition and later converted a layup off a beautiful pass from Sam Schultz to open a 17-11 lead. A corner three by Kiera Ahern and a layup by Tiffany sent Kings Park into the break with a 29-17 lead.
“Tiffany is really strong with the ball down low so I always look for her,” Taylor said. “And she always looks for me at the three-point line.”
Tiffany opened the third quarter with a three-point play as the lead grew to as many as 23.
Selena Ubriaco had 15 points and Schultz added eight points and seven assists for Kings Park (13-0). “Offensively at first we were a little shaky,” Ubriaco said. “Then we played strong defensively and eventually that led to our offense.”
Tori Harris, who transferred to Hills West from Upper Room and helped the Colts (9-4) clinch a playoff berth after going 3-15 last season, had 25 points. Samantha Hinke added 14.
To make sure a parent is at each game, Tiffany said their mother attends home games and their father attends road games. The sisters spoke about how the triplets and their older brother, Brandon, play two-on-two in the driveway, girls against boys. “And we always win,” Taylor said.
But which triplet is the best basketball player?
“I will not answer that one,” Tiffany said with a laugh. “We started from day one playing basketball together. It’s amazing to see how all three of us have grown as players, and we’ve done it together.”