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  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Homestead's Madisen Parker drives by Pike's LaRae Rascoe, 3rd quarter of the 4A championship game, Saturday.

  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Homestead's Jazmeyn Geist is caught between Pike's Mariah Brown, left, and Michaela White, 1st quarter of the 4A championship game, Saturday.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:08 pm

Sibling rivalry: Geists now each have state rings

Aubree Reichel | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Homestead senior Jazmyne Geist is following in the footsteps of her older brother, Jordan, in now being able to end her senior season on top.

Jordan was a member of the 2015 Homestead boys basketball team that won the Class 4A state championship and with a 61-54 win over Pike on Saturday in the same location, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Jazmyne has a ring of her own.

"It's great," she said of the win. "He always told me, 'I have a ring and you don't,' but it's nice knowing that I've gone to state three times in my career with my freshman year with Penn and two years ago with Homestead and now we have a state championship, a little step up above him."

The Geists began their careers at Penn before moving to Fort Wayne in 2014. Jazmyne had been to the state title game as a freshman in 2014 with the Kingsmen in a 51-41 loss to Bedford North Lawrence and also when the Spartans fell 56-62 to Columbus North in 2015, the same season Jordan won a state championship 91-90 in overtime over Evansville Reitz.

It was Penn that ended the 2016 season for the Spartans, adding extra motivation for Jazmyne and fellow seniors Karissa McLaughlin, Madisen Parker and Teryn Kline.

"(Last year's semistate loss to Penn) motivated us to work so hard in the offseason and this past season because we wanted to win a state championship," Jazmyne said. "That was the goal since Day 1, and so we worked so hard to get here."

Jordan, now a sophomore at Missouri, has been keeping up with his sister and the Spartans and has been supportive in their quest for a state title, his younger sister said Saturday. Jazmyne has signed with Northern Kentucky.

"He Face-timed me before the game and he was motivating me, telling me that it was going to be great for me next year and he was so positive about it," Jazmyne said. "It's helped me a lot because with him being at the next level, he's helped me know what the game's like so he watches me a lot and tells me what I need to work on so he helps me with everything.

"He's always positive with me. He might get on my nerves sometimes but for the most part it's good."

Jazmyne led the Spartans on the boards against Pike, finishing with a game-high 12 rebounds despite foul trouble in the first half.

"Jazmyne, I thought was very, very good today," coach Rod Parker said. "What was big was in that second quarter when she didn't play for about seven minutes. That second foul was a frustrating foul for her to pick up but the nice thing was that Sydney Graber gave us good minutes and we were able to hold where we were at with Jazmyne's absence and came back and had a really good second half. The defensive presence is huge, and she rebounded the ball as she needed to do."

Another set of siblings to share in the success are Parker's daughters Madisen, a senior, and Rylie, a freshman.

"Everyone asks about my dad," said Madisen, who won the 4A mental attitude award. "I've loved playing with him for the past four years, it's a little bittersweet that this is the last game but at the same time, my sister and I have never been on the same team so this was the first year that we got to experience that ... to share the experience with her is unbelievable."

areichel@jg.net