The bit of sibling rivalry shared on the basketball court by Marcus and Madison Lord while growing up has bled a bit into their college life.
But Marcus, the older brother, and his younger sister don’t actually compete against each other at Lower Columbia College. Marcus is a 6-foot-5 sophomore forward on the men’s basketball team, while Madison is a 6-3 freshman center on the LCC women’s team, making them the first brother-sister tandem to play basketball at the same time at the college.
If anything, each are happy when the other does well because it strengthens the school’s teams in general.
Things were different growing up, though, when they had thread of competitiveness during their playing time.
“I really didn’t think of it that way, but I think Madison will probably say something different,” Marcus said with a chuckle. “We played in the same club when we were young, and there might’ve been a little competition since both teams were good.”
Madison’s teams won three club championships compared to just a pair for Marcus. His response?
Although Madison had opportunities to play at larger colleges, her older brother was thrilled at the chance she might play at LCC.
“I figured if she was going to play at any community college, it would probably be here. I believe she made the right choice,” he said.
Madison knew some of the LCC players, which made the decision easy.
“Everyone welcomed me,” she said. “They saw me as a good athlete, a good player and a kind person. They didn’t make me feel like I couldn’t be successful here.”
Growing up in Salt Lake City, Madison was always the tallest person in her class.
“There was a time when I was in elementary school when I was taller than the teacher,” she said. “It was crazy. She always wanted me to sit down when I talked to her.”
She would tell her teacher: “I’m sorry, it’s just genetics. Blame my parents.”
The Lords moved from Salt Lake City to Vancouver when Marcus was a high school freshman and Madison was in the eighth grade.
The Lords looked for a basketball club to join when they got to Vancouver, but found youth camps held at Skyview High School.
“I didn’t know if they offered a girls camp, so I went with Marcus to the boys’ camp,” Madison said.
Not much different than how she got exposed to basketball as a youngster, when she tagged along with Marcus to his youth practices.
“I’d be over on the side shooting around or working on post moves,” Madison said.
Marcus was introduced to sports as a 7-year-old, but it wasn’t basketball.
“I started playing T-ball, and played baseball for eight years,” he said. “I quit playing so I could play basketball since my dad was the coach. I wasn’t going to play basketball, but when my dad got Madison involved, I went along to a practice.”
Madison’s coach also mentored a boys’ team, and he was intrigued with Marcus.
“He saw I was pretty tall and asked me to play,” Marcus said. “I wasn’t really interested, but my dad pushed me along since both of our parents were basketball players.”
In their spare time, the Lords would practice their basketball skills on each other.
“Marcus would play rougher defense and beat me up a bit to make me stronger,” Madison said. “He was very aggressive, and I really didn’t like it.”
Marcus agreed he might have been too physical at times.
“Madison would usually get mad and it never ended too well,” he said.
Besides playing basketball at Skyview, the Lords also ran track. Marcus, a football player with the Storm as well, found success as a sprinter and in the long jump and triple jump; Madison ran the hurdles and competed in the high jump.
“We did different events in track,” Marcus said. “I knew she could jump higher than me, so we stuck to our own events.”
Madison dabbled in the long jump and 100 as a freshman, but wasn’t happy with the results.
“I felt better doing the hurdles than the 100 because it felt like everyone was passing me,” she said with a chuckle. “I thought I was a little slow, so I chose the hurdles because of my long legs. The shorter people had a harder time getting over the hurdles I could step over.”
Off the court, Madison is interested in becoming an elementary school teacher, while Marcus aspires to become a cardiologist.
For now, though, they are concentrating their efforts on making themselves and their teammates proud on the court. Their basketball statistics with the Red Devils this season are nearly identical. Marcus is averaging 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Madison is averaging 11 points and 5.9 rebounds. Marcus has two double-digit scoring and rebounding games this season, and Madison has three.
“We don’t compete with each other to see who has better stats,” Marcus said. “We’re very supportive of each other, and are each others biggest fans. We might have a couple playful jabs here and there, but at the end of the day we’re definitely happy to see each other doing well.”