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Basketball and Babies: C-SC coach juggles family life with pro career

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Twin girls Sydney and Syerra Letche were both three months premature but they're healthy and spend time watching mom at basketball practice. Twin girls Sydney and Syerra Letche were both three months premature but they're healthy and spend time watching mom at basketball practice.

CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) -- Player, coach, and mom. But at the same time?

That's what Gillian Letsche juggles everyday. All for the love of the game.

As a former student-athlete, and current assistant coach at Culver-Stockton, 25-year old Gillian Letsche has already faced the adversity and grind that comes with basketball.

"I fell in love with the game when I was little and I don't want to stop," Letsche said. 

"No matter the ups and downs I've been through. I'll keep playing until I die."

Add in playing semi-pro basketball for the St. Louis Surge and twin baby girls

"We thought she was having false contractions, ended up going to Hannibal and found out that she was actually giving birth," Gillian's husband Ben Letsche said. 

"She got flown down to St. Louis that night. As soon as I got down there, they started prepping her for a C-section and an hour later, we had two beautiful twins."

Sydney and Syerra were born on December 21, 2012 at 27 weeks and they were months premature.

The babies remained in the neonatal intensive care unit for 60 days before they could go home.

Now, they sit happy and healthy at mom's practice with their dad.

"When they're gentle like this it's great," Ben indicated. "But they're usually always whining and needing a lot of care."

As for Sydney and Syerra's athletics future?

"No cheerleading, we're going basketball all the way," Gillian said. 

"Basketball and volleyball. Twin towers."

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