Webb twins are mirror images on basketball court

February 03, 1993|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

They used to dress alike, attend the same schools and play on the same basketball teams.

While they have different hairstyles and clothes now, fraternal twins Kortni and Kristi Webb both starred on the basketball court yesterday.

The sophomore sisters were foes on the court for just the second time, as 6-foot-1 center Kortni, playing for the Institute of Notre Dame, peered across the court at Kristi, a 5-10 guard/forward for St. Frances in a Catholic League game at the College of Notre Dame.

Kortni is the leading scorer (10.2), rebounder (11.0) and shot-blocker (4.0) for IND.

Kristi is the second-leading scorer (16.0) and rebounder (7.8) for No. 14 St. Frances.

Yesterday, Kortni had a game-high 20 points, 19 rebounds and six blocked shots, as IND (7-9, 4-7) pulled a 51-40 upset. Kristi scored a team-high 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and six steals.

IND's victory avenged a 43-31 loss to the Panthers (13-6, 6-4) on Dec. 17.

It couldn't have worked out better for Barbara Webb, their mother. She was the epitome of neutrality at yesterday's game, cheering for both teams from her view at midcourt in the bleachers.

"I don't take it as an individual one-on-one game," Barbara said. "I look at it as one team against another and just hope that each girl does her best."

Both Webbs said they felt more comfortable playing against each other the second time around.

"I thought it would be difficult to play against her at first, but it wasn't really," Kristi said. "We wish each other luck before the game."

Said Kortni: "We've always played together, but I like playing against her. It gives me a chance to see how she plays. I'd rather play with her, though."

There was actually little contact between the Webbs during yesterday's game. Their paths rarely crossed because they are two different types of players.

Kortni is a strong inside player and a defensive force; Kristi, the quicker of the two, is more of an outside shooter.

Kristi has been one of the key players in St. Frances' rise from last season's 9-16 record and last-place league finish. She has helped to take some of the scoring and rebounding load off sophomore Melba Chambers.

"She's complemented Melba," St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton said. "She gives us another scorer at the wing position. When others have struggled, Kristi has stepped up and hit some big baskets."

Kortni has hit some big ones, as well. Before a packed house at Loyola College's Reitz Arena last month, Kortni's free throw with 10 seconds left gave IND a 42-41 upset of seventh-ranked Mercy.

"In the next two years, you will see even more of Kortni," IND coach Jerry Hahn said.

The twins, whose older sister Angel played for Woodlawn and UMBC, enrolled at IND together, but Kristi never played for the Indians. She left the school last year for academic reasons and transferred to Woodlawn, where she played before transferring to St. Frances this year.

Kortni and Kristi both talk about the possibility of playing together in college. But now they are happy establishing separate identities.

"Their independence and individuality is showing," their mother said. "They can work independently and then come home and we're still a family."

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