NORMAN — Kathryn Phillips and Maggie Marcum had already explained about being best friends.
The Nos. 1 and 2 tennis players at Norman High, just freshmen and set to begin play at their first state tournament this morning at Will Rogers Tennis Center in Oklahoma City, answering questions about themselves appeared to be a new experience.
Yet one question had them laughing.
What are they like together?
Phillips may have begun to answer, only to have Marcum finish the sentence. Anyway, at the same time, they had the same words on the tips of their tongues.
“We’re, like, exactly the same,” they said.
Well, they don’t look like one another, but in other ways, sure.
“We comment on exactly the same things,” Marcum said. “And we say things at the exact same time, sometimes.”
Also, they’re both competitive, they both love the sport, they’re both on the ground floor of their prep athletic careers. And, even if it doesn’t hit them in a profound way, they both know they’re sort of making history, because nobody seems to remember the last time Norman High sent two entrants to the state tournament.
“I’ve asked several of my faculty members,” said NHS coach Beth Lewis, “and nobody knows.”
But they’ll be there.
Phillips plays No. 1 and advanced by finishing third at last week’s regional at the Kickingbird tennis complex in Edmond. Marcum plays No. 2 and also finished third.
They prefer not to play one another, but have with Phillips getting the best of it, though Marcum has also won her share.
They may understand that, fueling one another, NHS girls tennis, taking a great leap forward this season, is bound to only get better and better on their watch.
“I think it’s a big deal that we’re kind of making tennis a thing at Norman High,” Marcum said, “but I don’t really think about it because I don’t really think about things like that.”