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With regard to team chemistry, you can’t be on the same page any more than Mumford High’s backcourt tandem of Raine and Raven Bankston, the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learners of the Week.
Identical twins, the Lady Mustangs’ 5-7 sophomore guards have consistently dished a dose of double-trouble to opposing teams and are the glue that has Mumford near the top of the PSL West Division with an 8-1 league and 11-2 overall record.
“They’re great ball handlers, great shooters, great defenders and they’re great teammates as well,” Mumford coach Kareem Hogan said. “I see both of them going on to play in college at major Division 1 schools. They’re that good.”
In three games last week, all victories, Raven scored 16 points (with six assists) against CMA, 33 points against Cass and 27 points against nonleague foe West Bloomfield. Raine had 18 points (with four assists) against CMA, 21 points (seven assists) against Cass and 25 points against West Bloomfield.
“Raine is the point guard and Raven is the shooting guard, but they’re really interchangeable,” Hogan said. “It’s funny to coach them because they do everything alike.”
As a freshman, Raven scored a record 48 points in one game last season, firmly establishing her as the scorer of the duo.
“It’s great playing with her,” Raine Bankston said. “I’m a good passer and Raven’s a good scorer, so I get a lot of assists. She makes me play better.”
“Hopefully, we’ll go to the same college and on to the WNBA, if that happens,” Raven Bankston said.
Both say they want to become doctors, Raine, a dentist, and Raven, a pediatrician. For now, their focus is on winning a PSL championship. “We work hard as a team and we all want to win,” Raven said. “There’s no reason we can’t reach our goal if we keep playing together as a team.”