Star-studded Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe girls' basketball team includes 10 sisters

Staff photo by Patrick MacCoon / The Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe varsity girls' basketball team has 10 sisters on the roster this season. From left are those five sets of sisters: Christina Collins, Christen Collins, Skye Alexander, Star Alexander, Ziara Thompson, Mercedes Thompson, Princess Simmons, Angel Simmons, Piper Piatt and Presley Piatt.

FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. - It's not uncommon for high school sports teams to say they're family.

In the case of the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe girls' basketball program, those ties are very real - and they're a special part of the turnaround that has taken the Lady Warriors from 0-19 last season to legitimate contenders for the GHSA Class AAA state championship this year.

LFO is 24-1 and has a bye into the Region 6-AAA tournament semifinals this week, meaning the Lady Warriors will finish no worse than fourth and already have a state berth locked up. Their only loss this season is to Tennessee power Bradley Central, and the highlights have included a dominant title run at the Times Free Press Best of Preps tournament in late December.

Of 19 players on coach Dewayne Watkins' roster, 10 are sisters - there are five sets - including junior Angel Simmons, who has led LFO's extraordinary press defense, and senior point guard Princess Simmons, who has averaged seven assists and more than five steals per game.