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PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKSydney Sevrain chases a Catasauqua ball handler during a recent game. PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKSydney Sevrain chases a Catasauqua ball handler during a recent game.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZPaige Sevrain is the youngest of three sisters who all made the varsity basketball team as freshman at Northwestern. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZPaige Sevrain is the youngest of three sisters who all made the varsity basketball team as freshman at Northwestern.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Gabby Sevrain moved on from Northwestern and is now playing basketball at Dickinson College. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Gabby Sevrain moved on from Northwestern and is now playing basketball at Dickinson College.

Sevrain sisters help Tigers succeed

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

If you spoke to Gabby Sevrain, Sydney Sevrain and Paige Sevrain separately and ignored their physical resemblances, you might think you were talking with kids from three different families. In many ways, the three are very different, which they readily admit.

In some ways though they are very similar. All three know their way around a basketball court and all three agree on some key family questions.

Gabby Sevrain is the oldest and most outgoing of the three, a sophomore at Dickinson College where she is playing college basketball.

Sydney is the slightly more reserved middle child and holds back a little more than her older sister.

Meanwhile, Paige is the quietest, but don’t mistake that quiet for shyness on the basketball court. In fact, Northwestern Lehigh coach Chris Deutsch has a nickname for his freshman prospect.

“She’s the Quiet Assassin,” said Deutsch after a win over Hamburg just after Christmas.

“All three of them are very good basketball players,” said Deutsch. “You can tell that they have been playing the game a while and that they really work at being as good as they are. The other real similarity is in how respectful they all are.

“You can tell that they come from a good family and that their mom and dad have done well with them because they respect their teammates, they respect their coaches and they’re all good students. On and off the court, they are just great people.”

Gabby and Sydney got to play together at Northwestern Lehigh for two seasons and Sydney and Paige will have just one season together on the Lady Tigers.

“I learned a lot from playing with Gabby and I just kind of followed her and did what she told me and learned from it,” said Sydney. “Now, I’m trying to pass that along to Paige and help her, because it’s an adjustment coming into playing varsity basketball, so we’ve been fortunate.”

Home for the Christmas break, Gabby has gotten to take in a couple of Northwestern games to see her sisters play. They have also gotten to see her play, including in late November when Dickinson came to the area and beat Muhlenberg College 70-59.

“I wish we could have all played together,” said Gabby. “That would have been awesome.”

“I’ve been able to watch both of them and I’ve picked up a lot from them,” said Paige. “It’s nice having Sydney here on the team and playing with her.”

None of the three are looking to play together in college and admit that it’s more likely they play against each other rather than with each other. Even with that, Gabby figures on helping her younger siblings make the transition to the college game.

“It’s really different,” she said. “You’ve got the shot clock and you’re up and down the court more, so there’s a lot to learn.”

Many sisters have their differences, but when it comes to the family basketball game, the three agree on some things. Asked which one is the most competitive, Gabby and Paige both looked at Sydney, while the middle sibling just stood there with her usual smile. “This girl is competitive at everything,” said Gabby.

Deutsch will have 12 years’ worth of Sevrains on his team, covering nine basketball seasons. He jokes that the Sevrain family has kept him employed as the team’s coach by feeding him a line of good players.

When all is said and done, which of the Sevrain sisters will have had the best high school career? The three sisters don’t have an argument about that; Gabby and Sydney both pointed immediately to the Quiet Assassin.

“She’s going to be the best,” said Gabby, with Sydney nodding her head. “She’s got the most skill and is going to be really good.”