Seneca’s Grotjohn sisters shine in lone season as teammates

The sisters are averaging 43 combined points per game.

SENECA, Mo. – A pair of Seneca sisters get the chance to play high school basketball together this winter.

“They bring a lot of energy to the basketball team,” says head coach Drew Schulte.

The Grotjohn sisters share the court this season for the first and only time in their high school careers.

“This is probably one of the most fun seasons I’ve ever had,” says freshman Hazley Grotjohn. “We’ve got really close this year and it just makes it more fun to play out on the court with her and we work really well together too.”

“It’s a lot of fun being able to win with her in my last season before going off to college,” says senior Aliya Grotjohn.

Aliya and Hazley provide a daunting one-two punch for the Indians.

“One’s more of a slasher, the other one kind of picks her time, but they’re both very fun to watch and very fun to coach,” Schulte says.

The Grotjohn sisters average a combined 43.5 points per game. Earlier this month, Aliya broke Seneca’s single game scoring record with 40 points.

“It was a lot of fun being out there with the team helping me get all my points,” Aliya says. “They were all very excited for me and it was just a fun experience to get my 40 points with them.”

Aliya and Hazley share a special chemistry on the floor, and it makes sense. They’ve been playing side by side for many years.

“We have a little basketball goal where we’d go outside and play,” Aliya says. “We’ve played a lot together.”

They work hard too.

“In the offseason they’re always playing on different travel teams. They’re always putting the time in the gym. They’ll always give me a call and say, ‘Hey can you open the gym,'” Schulte says. “That speaks volumes to a coach. I know both of them want to move on and play at the next level and I believe both of them can do that.”