Stanford-bound twins riding high during perfect junior season
Most teenagers dream of the day they can drive, but these two argued over who had to drive. For them, commutes are an ideal time to unwind after class or a game. So they developed a system: Lacie drives on odd days, and Lexie takes even days.
"We just both would rather sit back and relax while we're driving," Lacie said. "So the other one can drive."
But when it comes to the basketball court, neither ever seems to take her foot off the gas.
Lexie, ranked No. 17 overall in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2018 class, and Lacie, a three-star wing, have teamed up to lead Central Valley (Spokane Valley, Washington) to 50 straight wins and the No. 18 ranking in the most recent espnW 25 Power Rankings.
"It's really incredible to see how well we've been doing," Lacie said. "We don't look at the record or get caught up in the streak."
The 17-year-old identical twins, who committed to Stanford in October, are the team's leading scorers. Lexie averages 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals while Lacie goes for 13.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
That 1-2 punch made the Hull twins a must-see for many of the nation's top coaches -- and a must-dread for many Washington high school teams.
"If someone were ever to ask, 'If you could only pick one, who would it be?'" Central Valley coach Freddie Rehkow said. "I would say, 'Don't put me in that spot because I won't.'"
Added Spokane Stars AAU coach Ron Adams: "What you get is a two-way monster instead of a one-way monster. It's fantastic."
Central Valley + Hull twins = success
Off the court, they're practically indistinguishable. Lacie is roughly a half-inch taller but a shoe size smaller than Lexie. On the first day of school, teachers beg for a unique feature.
"We're so similar across the board," Lacie said. "We literally share everything. We have that built-in best friend. It's such a blessing."
Lexie and Lacie credit each other for around-the-clock support and competition.
"I don't think I'd be where I am without her," Lexie said. "We push each other academically, athletically and in everything we do. It's good competition."
Personality-wise, they're slightly different. Lexie is a bit more outgoing and acts on first instinct. Lacie is more methodical and tends to observe before acting.
Their mom, Jaime, puts it simply.
"Lexie is the one to go in the dentist chair first," Jaime said. "Lexie wears her emotions on her sleeve. Lacie is more in her head. She's a thinker."
Lexie and Lacie have torn up opposing defenses -- and their game-day knee pads -- since they began at Central Valley as freshmen. They own a 69-5 career record to date. During this year's unblemished regular season, they combined to score nearly half of the Bears' total points.
"We definitely feed off of each other's energy," Lexie said. "If one's down, we know how to get each other back up."
Lexie -- 20 minutes older -- and Lacie are not the first Hulls to have success at Central Valley. Their dad, Jason, a (fraternal) twin himself, and their grandfather, John, both dominated for the Bears. Jason played at nearby Whitworth University and ranks second all time in school scoring.
Jason passed his love of basketball on to his daughters. One-on-one games in the family's driveway were always a toss-up. Some contests ended in tears.
After the family moved in seventh grade, neighbors stopped them at the grocery store to ask what happened to the late-night dribbling sounds that echoed down the street.
What you get is a two-way monster instead of a one-way monster. It's fantastic.Spokane Stars coach Ron Adams
"I've always called it the perfect storm," Jaime said. "It can be a storm at times. They push each other to be better. They've always had a good partner to play against, which pushes them to get better."
Away from basketball, they have developed a love for math and business. Jaime marveled when Lacie developed her own math theorem that was easier and quicker than the one in the textbook.
Together, the twins compete in DECA, a competition that tests decision-making in a variety of business situations. It's no wonder that Stanford's engineering and business programs intrigue them.
"Math comes most easily," Lexie said. "I like solving problems and getting to the answer. It makes the most sense."
On the same Cardinal page
When the Stanford coaches visited the Hull house in September, Jaime outfitted the family's dog, Lily, in a Cardinal-themed dress. Lily -- just like the Hull twins -- gravitated to Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, a dog lover herself.
"It was so embarrassing," Lexie said. "She was crawling on Tara's shoulders."
That home visit cemented Lexie's and Lacie's interest in Stanford.
"They were like, 'It's going to take a lot for me not to like Stanford, but we don't really know.' When they came, it wasn't really a question," Jaime said. "The fortunate thing is that we have twins who both got offered.
"They both get to go there. That's unreal."
When college offers came in, coaches offered both at the same time. The twins still have a box of letters at home. One day, they'll reflect on the whole recruiting process.
But first they've got a more pressing process to figure out. The twins won't live together during their freshman year, and Jaime has no idea how that's going to work with their shared wardrobe -- minor, in the grand scheme of things, to be sure.
"It's a dream come true," Lacie said. "It really is. I wouldn't want to go to someplace without her. I can't wait. ... When I was little, nobody compared to Stanford in my eyes."
The twins' commitment hasn't altered their work ethic, though. Recently, a dad and his 9-year-old son at the Liberty Lake Athletic Club noticed the Hull twins getting up extra shots.
He pointed to Lexie and Lacie and told his son, "'See, these girls are in here even after they already know they're going to Stanford. They're still in here working,'" Jaime said.
"That's their mojo."
And until they land at Stanford, they're focused on expanding their games and helping Central Valley reach new heights. With six more wins, they'll have a perfect season and a second straight state title.
"We definitely want to get back to the [Tacoma] Dome," Lacie said. "That's our goal. We want to end the season with ranking No. 1.
"That's what our team has been working for."