Mikila and Morgan Stefanski knew they were going to stick together after high school.
The sisters, who are part of quadruplets, both are heading to play basketball at Goldey-Beacom College, an NCAA Division II program in Wilmington, Del. All four quadruplets, now seniors, have been a part of Cedar Creek High School's girls basketball team since their freshman year.
Mikila and Morgan officially committed Nov. 22, before their basketball season started at Cedar Creek. Pirates coach Francine Raph said getting their college decision out of the way was a huge relief for the girls.
The Stefanski quadruplets are not identical and all have different personalities, Raph said. But they share a special bond.
"They're extremely close. They're very caring and supportive of each other," Raph said in a telephone interview Thursday. "It's having your whole family with you all the time, through the good and bad, you know, and they can really lean on each other."
Ever since they began their freshmen years at Cedar Creek, the quadruplets drew attention from classmates as well as opposing players.
"You get all types of reactions," Morgan said. "Some of them don't believe you, and then they all look at you like you're some foreign creature or something. It's great. I love it. I love when people find out that we're quads."
Raph saw it as a huge advantage for her team and the four sisters.
"They've been paying together for so long, they know where each other is going to be, what their strengths are and their weaknesses are," Raph said. "They've always had that jell, you know. It's instant. They never had to work too hard on that because they're so used to playing together."
Mikila and Morgan began their college search hoping that they could wind up somewhere together. Mikila said that she and Morgan are particularly close and that so are sisters Mercina and Monica.
Morgan and Mikila both said Goldey-Beacom's interest in having both of them greatly affected their decisions. They also had some familiarity with the program. The coach, Bethanne Burke, is a graduate of Hammonton High School.
"She has heard about us and has been following us since middle school," Mikila said. "And Goldey-Beacom is a lot like Cedar Creek.
"I feel like everyone is so close, and everyone knows each other, and that was a big plus for us."
Last season, Goldey-Beacom finished 20-10, losing in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference semifinals to Caldwell in double overtime, 70-69. This year, the Lightning are 6-6 (3-2 CACC).
Raph said that both players will add a lot to the Lightning next season.
"Mikila is an offensive threat. Morgan's height will help her at the next level, being a 5-foot-8 guard," Raph said. "Their speed, and their chemistry also.
"They're going to bring a lot of their years of basketball together, as well as an impact to the team with chemistry and their scoring abilities."
The sisters said it will be easier making the transition to college together rather than if they were alone.
"Going to school with three other sisters ever since you were babies, then I look at college like, 'Wow, I might actually have to do something by myself,'" Morgan said.
"But you know, me and Mikila's situation couldn't have worked out any better."
Playing together has been special for the four sisters.
"I just love it," Morgan said. "I'm so grateful for all my sisters and everything we've accomplished and everything they've helped me with. I'm just excited for this year and everything else."
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