Walker twins work wonders on court
By Scott Akanewich
When one watches a Lady Panthers basketball game, there’s a good chance a red blur will fly past at some point chasing opponents around and wreaking havoc for whoever dares challenge them on the hardwood.
Not one blur, but two.
Regan and Madison Walker are sophomore guards who provide the Liberty Hill girls’ basketball squad with a two-(red) headed, energetic, hard-working machine.
By the way, they’re identical twins.
So, that means opposing players and coaches aren’t seeing double when both are in the game at the same time – no, it’s simply twice as much to handle.
Different, but the same.
According to Madison, having a teammate who is a sibling provides a comfort level which transcends the typical player relationship.
“It’s cool because we have a bond and I can talk and communicate with her,” said Madison. “What that does is make our bond even closer.”
Regan said the sisters allow each other the freedom to critique one another as far as their respective on-court performances.
“She always helps tell me what I need to do better,” she said. “So, it’s good to have someone who’s always pushing me hard to do better.”
So what’s a pointer which has been exchanged along the way?
“I think Madison doesn’t shoot enough,” said Regan. “She has a pretty good shot.”
On the other hand, Madison is more than happy to dish the ball to her sister when the opportunity presents itself, she said.
“I’ve always played point guard,” said Madison. “She’s the shooter.”
Both played other sports in their younger years, including volleyball and gymnastics and the pair still compete in track for the Panthers, but it’s on the court where they found their true athletic calling, said Regan.
“When we got to high school, we decided to pick one sport and focus on it,” she said. “We both like basketball, so that’s what we did.”
One of the critical factors in the decision-making process was the overall dynamic of the game compared to others sports, said Regan.
“I like the speed of the game and the faster pace it’s played at,” she said. “There’s always a lot going on.”
Like any siblings, there is a rivalry which exists between the twins and it extends beyond basketball, said Madison.
“We compete to see who can get the best grades in school,” she said.
Speaking of school, while the Walkers may wear the same uniform on the court, these days they dress differently off it, but that wasn’t always the case, said Regan.
“We used to dress exactly the same up until about third or fourth grade,” she said. “Now, we still have all the same clothes, but we never wear the same thing on the same day.”
From a culinary standpoint, their likes are similar except for one distinct difference.
“I like chocolate and she doesn’t,” said Regan. “But, Mexican food is definitely our favorite food.”
Of course, as identical twins, even their voices are the same, which is something they will sometimes exploit in causing a bit of mischief – and it will even work on those who know them better than anyone, she said.
“Sometimes, one of us will call home and our parents won’t be able to tell which one of us is talking,” said Regan. “We can do the same thing with our friends at school.”
Both have all the same classes – although not together – but that doesn’t mean the two still don’t spend plenty of time together over the course of an average day.
“We’re probably together about 15 hours every day,”said Madison.
All of that shared space can sometimes cause friction, she said.
“Like recently when she asked me if I had fed our cat and I couldn’t remember,” said Madison. “When something like that happens, we’ll be mad at each other for about 30 minutes, but then we’re good again.”
Perhaps the most distinct difference between the two is which hand each one uses to fire shots at the basket.
“I’m left-handed and she’s right-handed,” said Madison.
Of course, there will always be common misconceptions about identical twins, said Regan.
“People will think we can read each other’s minds,” she said. “But, we can’t.”
Despite the fact the Walkers are so close in everything they do, down the road the two will follow their own respective paths, said Regan.
“I think at some point, we’ll go our separate ways,” she said. “But, it’s always good to have someone to be with.”