Though they were 500 miles from home, the twins still made time to speak with hometown media Friday night following their races, a testament to their humility, former Eastern girls basketball coach Jeremy Dexter said.
“It all comes back to their faith,” Dexter said. “The things they’ve dealt with in life have shaped their faith. Their faith shapes everything in terms of their morals and values that guide their decision making and how they interact with people. I’ve seen that time after time. They stay humble through many of the adversities they’ve experienced.”
Dexter and wife Melissa celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary Friday, a date that brings back memories for the young couple. Jeremy took the Eastern girls basketball team to a tournament at Hanover College during he and his wife's first anniversary the summer prior to the Neeleys' freshman season. Both went on to score over 1,000 points on the hardwood, leading the Comets to a Class 2A runner-up finish as seniors. Brittany was the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award winner for girls basketball, while Bethany matched her sister with the same award during track and field season.
“[Thursday] night, we were talking to Brittany and she remembered it was our anniversary and told us she was proud of [Melissa and I] – it was almost parental,” Jeremy said. “With everything she has going on, in the middle of the day when she has a race to get ready for, she remembered to contact my wife and I say she was proud of us. That is another noted example of [the sisters] being humble. As coaches, we need to remember that we can learn a lot from their stick-to-it-iveness. They’re like a part of my family, and [watching them race at the national level Friday] is a neat thing to see as a coach.”