Two is better than one


Sam Findley

Both Savanna and Lilly Bischoff have played basketball together for most of their lives, and have played together on the girls basketball team for two years.

Gourav Pany, Website Editor

It’s almost too easy.

Offensively, it’s a spectacle, as the ball zips past outstretched hands and the net is distressed by shot after shot being made by the Trojans. Defensively, every Martinsville drive into the paint goes astray, every shot is contested and even dribbling feels like a tough task against this seemingly immovable team.

However, amidst the success is the interwoven story of two sisters, working efficiently to slice through the Martinsville defense. While senior Savanna Bischoff uses her size to serve as a tenacious and physical defender, sophomore Lilly Bischoff uses her speed and acceleration to continue a season in which she has averaged 45% from the field and 6.8 points per game, both top three on the team. But most importantly, they have something many other basketball teams seem to lack: chemistry.

Both sisters have played with each other since they were younger, which has aided their chemistry on the court.

“They first got into basketball at a pretty young age,” Brian Bischoff, their father, said. “My two oldest daughters play basketball as well so pretty much as soon as the girls were born they had a basketball in their hand. Girls basketball is kind of our passion, and the girls like it and we’ve had a lot of fun over the years.”

Those early years started in the CG Rec League, when the girls played together, sometimes out of their age divisions. Memorably, they won a Center Grove Rec League title together when Savanna was in fourth grade and Lilly was in second grade.

“Playing up with my sister definitely helped me get stronger in defense and offense, just trying to get rebounds,” Lilly said. “I mean, all the girls are usually stronger than me, so I have to play stronger in [general]. I think it helped for sure. Some of them are better than me and I just have to try my best and try to make the team better.”

Some of the competition with better players started at home, where they played with older sister, Madeline Bischoff, who currently plays at Ball State, where she has averaged 9.4 points and 2.3 rebounds.

“I’ve always looked up to Madeline,” Lilly said. “She plays at Ball State and she’s a really good player and I’ve always looked up to her. I feel like [Madeline, Savanna and I] all kind of play the same: we all like to drive the ball and we try to shoot when we can.”

Playing together for such a long time has helped both sisters compartmentalize their personal life from basketball, which has helped them move forward from rough patches.

“I feel like we kind of learned to [separate basketball from our personal life],“ Savanna said. “We’ve been playing together for so many years that it’s just gotten better and we know on the court and off, we know to shake things off. She definitely gets upset at me sometimes but it’s fine; she deserves to do that because I do it with her too.”

Savanna’s relationship with her older sister has been a factor in her leadership capabilities over the past two years, which can be seen through her relationship with Lilly.

“My older sister scored a lot more and was the leader of the team, and told me what to do, but she was also hard on me than any of her other teammates but I never took it personally. I feel like that’s how Lilly and I are; she never takes it personally. At practice I’ll yell at her but on the car ride home it’s totally normal,” Savanna said.

In the end, the high school basketball career between these sisters will eventually end when Savanna graduates, though it will not be the end of her basketball chapter.

“I’m planning at the end of the season to decide for sure between schools. I’m planning to play basketball but I don’t know where,” Savanna said. “[Madeline] loves her team and playing with her team and that makes me want to play too. So it did inspire me to keep playing.”