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Girls Basketball: Sister Act – Cohens helping Raiders reach new heights

Sister act: Cohens help Glenbard South to 17-2 mark

Glenbard South senior Sarah Cohen and freshman Lauren Cohen are always there for each other as sisters.

Sometimes it happens even without words.

“It’s fun. I’ve always looked up to her,” Lauren said. “I know how she plays. If she is having trouble, I know to come up to her because she gives me a look. It’s not always a good look.”

The Cohens are helping the Raiders to one of their best seasons.

The Raiders have won six straight Class 3A regionals but never a sectional title. They’re 17-2 this season, even after a 42-36 loss to Mother McAuley on Jan. 13 at the Coach Kipp’s Hoopsfest.

Their other loss came in the season opener to defending Class 4A state champion Geneva. The lineup stands proud with just eight varsity regulars but four multiyear starters in Sarah Cohen, seniors Ally Daca and Mady Carli and junior Maggie Bair.

“I love playing with [Lauren]. It’s a great way to end my senior year and for her freshman year,” Sarah Cohen said. “She helps us out a lot with our team. [At home] we just talk about the game right after and then it’s worrying about the next one.”

Sarah averages 5.3 points and Lauren averages 3.1. Sarah leads the Raiders in assists and is second to Carli in 3-pointers with 19. Both Cohens average more than two rebounds. Lauren usually doesn’t start but is quick off the bench.

Glenbard South coach Morgan Kasperek takes advantage of having both sisters on the court together.

“They’re both really strong guards, they’re quick, and they’re good on the ball defensively,” Kasperek said. “They complement each other. You can tell they’re sisters. They’re able to find each other on the court a little differently and they’re always kind of watching out for each other’s backs.”

Carli especially appreciates the Cohen teamwork. Carli began her varsity basketball career alongside sister Payton Cohen, who graduated in 2016. Payton celebrated with the Raiders after they won Wheaton North’s 16-team Falcon Classic for the first time Dec. 29.

“It’s great as sisters. You guys get each other. You take constructive criticism from them more,” Carli said.

Sarah Cohen agreed with Carli.

“It just makes it easier,” Sarah said. “When you were a freshman and your sister was there, it just makes you more comfortable coming onto a team with older people. And our team’s so friendly. We get along really well on and off the court.”

Sarah is headed to play Division I women’s soccer for DePaul University. The Cohens play club soccer for Sockers FC, which Sarah said does not permit players to also compete for their high school teams.

When not busy with soccer, the Cohens played competitive basketball together in summer league. Lauren was coming off an impressive season for Glen Crest Middle School.

“I was one of the people they looked up to, so I like having everyone else to help me out,” Lauren said. “I like [high school] a lot more. I enjoy the competitiveness. It’s a lot more than middle school and it’s a lot more aggressive and I like that.”

Kasperek likes how having another Cohen has strengthened the bond and effectiveness of the guard play. That also bolsters the inside games of the multi-talented 6-foot-3 Bair and Daca.

“That’s what helps us win games. We’re all very versatile,” Bair said. “I love [the Cohens] together. I think they move the ball so well together. It’s nice having them up top.”

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