Four sisters play in Manalapan-Colts Neck girls basketball game

Four sisters play in Manalapan-Colts Neck girls basketball game


Four sisters play in Manalapan-Colts Neck girls basketball game



For senior Samantha Meier, Wednesday’s girls basketball game against Colts Neck was a special one.

Not only was it Senior Day at Manalapan High School, during which the 18-year-old Brave played the last game of her career on the home court, she got to share a few minutes of time on the same court with her three sisters.

Samantha, twin juniors Cristina and Ashley, and freshman Danna Meier took the court midway through the second quarter and played about three minutes together.

“It was great, especially having Danna out there with us,” said Samantha Meier, who will continue her hoops career at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City. “It was really special because it was my last home game.”

The Meier sisters have done a lot together over the years. All four play lacrosse and soccer as well as basketball. At one point in their lives, they even used each other as Tae Kwon Do sparring partners.

But getting into the same game for their high school varsity squad was unique.

“I loved it,” Ashley Meier said. “We have great relationships with each other, so it was a great experience.”

Danna Meier just recently had been brought up to the varsity team, and she said it was “cool to work together, pass the ball around and communicate on defense with each other.”

“When you’re playing at the pace we play, it’s kind of the same as any other game,” she said. “But it was nice to have my sisters on the floor with me, knowing they always have my back.”

For parents John and Diane Meier, witnessing all four of their girls play on the same varsity court was like a dream come true.

“You have no idea how exciting this is for us,” John Meier said. “Diane and I are at all their games, but this one’s really special.”

Diane Meier said the three oldest girls were anxious to see Danna eventually get the chance to be with them on the court in a game.

“For four girls that close in age, they get along remarkably well,” she said. “There’s no jealousy. They’re always rooting for each other. They’re together all the time, and they’re each others’ best friend. This is a big day for them.”

Two years ago when head coach Scott Horton heard another Meier was coming up the ranks, Samanatha Meier recalled him saying that he “couldn’t wait to have all four Meiers.”

“It was only a matter of time before we all played in the same game,” she said. “Coach has been saying for a couple of years now that, before I graduated, I’d get to play with all my sisters.”

With a few games left to the season, including an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV first-round matchup against Sayreville next week, the Meier sisters may get another opportunity to be on the same court.

But the three minutes together on Wednesday will be cherished for a lifetime.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Christina Meier said. “I’d do it again.”


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