My Sister’s Keeper

Sister duos help Vikings dominate competition


Lauren Parker

from left to right) Junior Monique Pruitt, senior Finess Dickson, junior Aireal Dickson, and senior Michelle Pruitt pose for a picture. The Vikings are the No. 2 ranked team in the state and are ranked No. 20 nationally by ESPN.

Langston McHenry , Editor-in-chief

It’s not common that a name can describe an athlete’s style of play, but for senior Finess Dickson, it does just that.

“My sister’s game is just hard and fast, and she brings that spark and leadership to the floor every time we play,” junior Aireal Dickson said.

After transferring from Whitney Young this year, the Dickson’s have made an immediate impact for the lady Vikings, as they hold a record of 19-2.

Head coach Anthony Smith said they’ve brought a different style of play to the team.

“I think they just brought a level of intensity here. They go hard all the time,” Smith said. “They’re very fast, aggressive and agile.”

The Dicksons attribute much of their success to their father pushing them to be “the best version of themselves they can.”

“My dad used to have us do a lot of drills, but it was only to make us push each other,” Finess said.

The Vikings possess another set of sisters as well.

Senior Michelle Pruitt and junior Monique Pruitt have been key players off the bench and have helped the team when they’ve needed a spark.

Similar to the Dicksons, the success that the Pruitts are sharing with the team has come strictly from the hard work that they have put in by themselves.

“It’s exciting playing with my sister mainly because when we play together, we find new ways to get each other the ball,” Michelle said. “Once we find something new we like about a play, we practice on it together on the weekends to make our game better.”

Monique admires her sister’s hard work and work ethic.

“I’m going to miss her determination and the loyalty she has to the game of basketball,” Monique said.

With both Finess and Michelle leaving next year, Aireal and Monique will have to step into their sisters’ shoes and lead the team.

“That’s going to be a major difference for both of them,” Smith said. “They’re used to their sisters taking that role, and next year, it’s going to be them. They won’t have a person that’s going to be there for them, so I think it should be their team to keep it going.

Although she’s leaving behind a great legacy for her sister, Michelle admits that she feels a little bit of pressure being the first child that will go to college for basketball.

“Even with our different styles of game, my family wants me to be able to set a goal for Monique, which would sometimes mean being better,” Michelle said.

Even though basketball is clearly both sets of sisters’ passion, nothing can compare to the friendships that they have among each other off the court. This is something that both sets of sisters will miss.

“I’m going to miss Finess the most solely because she’s like my best friend,” Aireal said. “And I’ll miss laughing with her all the time on and off the court.”