THOMASVILLE -- They're twins, but they're different.
Shaniece and Patriece Brunner are two big reasons the Thomasville Lady Bulldogs are in the Class AAA Final Four.
The sisters look just alike which sometimes has their coach, Margie York, wondering which is which.
During games, fans watch the sisters play and hear York not call them by name. She calls them 'Twin' instead.
When York hollers 'Twin,' both look to see who she's talking to.
"That way I'm safe," York joked.
So how do the Brunner sisters' friends and teammates know who's who? Their personalities are the biggest tip-off.
"(Patriece) is mean," Shaniece said jokingly. "She's my sister and I love her to death, but to other people she's mean. I'm silly."
But Patriece insisted she's just honest with people, even if the truth hurts.
"I don't consider myself mean," Patriece said.
On the court, both are Thomasville's top post players, wreaking havoc on the defensive end and hitting key jumpers on the offensive end.
"I work on the perimeter more," Shaniece said. "(Patriece's) more of an inside post player."
"(Shaniece's) got the better shot," Patriece said.
York insists both have shown improvement in their shots.
"They have a much nicer touch on the ball," York said.
There are qualities, however, that the Brunner sisters share that have resulted in a successful season and successful careers..
Leadership is their biggest attribute.
After Thomasville lost to Westover in its first defeat of the season, the two seniors led a players-only meeting.
"The bulk of it was, we have to refocus," Patriece said. "I think we expected for them (Westover) to give it to us. They're not that type of team to roll over and die."
"I think it opened our eyes to what can really happen when we lose our focus," Shaniece said.
Focus is something the twins have been doing more of as a state title looms.
Finishing on top would cap a memorable career for Patriece.
"This season has all ready been unforgettable," Patriece said.
"To end it with a ring on my finger would be the greatest."
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