When FC Sacred Heart seniors Abby and Elizabeth Magdanz hoisted the Class D2 State Basketball Trophy with their teammates three weeks ago in Lincoln, it was a fitting exit for two four-year starters who’d already passed every test in front of them and taken home every prize available. It tidied their career up nicely and the hardware looks great next to the D2 3rd-place trophies the girls helped the Lady Irish haul home in 2013 and ‘14.
Of course, you knew that already.
But did you know that both girls eclipsed 1,000 career points? Abby finished wiht 1,241 and Elizabeth, 1,018 – to rank 2nd and 8th, respectively, among the all-time Lady Irish greats? Katelyn Wheeler leads them all with 1,408, but the 2,259 combined points is easily most by a pair of sisters (next would be the Weavers, who combined for 2,014), let alone identical twins.
Nobody ever shot the ball like Abby, who made 195 threes in four years, which is 58 more than anyone else and ranks in the Top 20 all-time in all of Nebraska. She drained 66 this year (also among the most in state history), sprinting past her record of 52 set last year. Elizabeth is third all-time in threes made, with 138 (she hit 41 this year), and the two graduate among the top 5 in career assists (Abby, third, 393; Elizabeth, fifth, 292).
Most importantly, the twins started from the get-go and FCSH posted a 99-16 record the past four years with the lookalikes manning the backcourt.
For the foreseeable future, anyway, one won’t be able to peek into the fully stocked FCSH trophy case, or girls’ basketball record book, and avoid the Magdanz girls’ reflection.
If you want to be able to tell them apart: Abby parts her hair to the right – Elizabeth to the left.