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Awards roll in for Girls Basketball

There are seasons and there are seasons.

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls Basketball team had a season, winning the New England Class C title for the first time in school history after falling in the final the previous year.

Not long after completing that historical run, the well-deserved accolades starting rolling in for the Titans as six players received recognition from the New England Prep School Athletic Council. Keep in mind that only five players play at a time in basketball, so six Titans landing honors is unheard of.

·      NEPSAC Class C Tournament MVP: Caterina Ravosa ’26


·      NEPSGBCA Class C Defensive Player of the Year: Selah Prignano ’26


·      ALL-NEPSAC Class C First Team: Adela Cecunjanin ’24, Caterina Ravosa ’26, Selah Prignano ’26


·      ALL-NEPSAC Class C Honorable Mention: Ella Chandler ’24, Hannah Grudzien ’25, Iyanna Hodge ’27

Quotes from Coach Durelle Brown regarding:

Caterina’s tournament MVP Award: “Caterina had a brilliant close to her sophomore season, as her best basketball came during our 15-game win streak to culminate the season. Unsettled from how she played in last year's Class C final, Caterina was focused to make amends this postseason in our quest for our first New England championship. She did that by trusting her teammates, her coaches and herself, and remaining poised in the biggest moments. An amazing year of growth in her game.”

Selah winning the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year honor: “Our program has seen some truly special defenders wear our uniform - Katie Cronin, Meera Ratté, Courtney Thrun, Kayla Mokwuah, An'Janae Washington, Rhaymi Porter, Cara Murphy, Meagan Schuermann, Abigail Dorunda - but Selah's performance in her first year as a Titan made all of our past defensive stalwarts proud. Selah confidently guarded positions 1-4 for us this season, but her job was to guard the other team's best perimeter player, and she did that very well. Selah was recognized by the opposing coaches as the best defender in Class C and, in our opinion, one of the best defenders in New England in any class. Selah defends on the ball, in the passing lane, in our full court pressure, much improved in help defense and just her overall intensity on the defensive end. Whether it was a steal, a tip, a deflection or a help-side block shot, our opponents felt Selah's defensive presence all season, which spearheaded our transition offense.”

On Adela: “Adela undoubtedly put together the best postgraduate year that we have had in my tenure as our proud coach, and that is saying a lot. We have had some strong PGs come through our program. Adela taught our youngsters what patience and trust looks like. Adela, a three-year starter at her prior school, did not start in 25 games for us this year, and not once did she question me, pout or complain, she just starred in her role. She became an integral part of our finishing lineup, and thus drew the ire from opposing coaches in making the All-NEPSAC First Team.”

On Caterina: “Caterina, now a two-time All-NEPSAC First Team selection, finished the season playing the best basketball of her career. Caterina became a consistent double-double machine, while becoming a better passer and more efficient from the floor. The biggest gains in her game this season came on the defensive end and in the effort category, where Caterina started to play complete games in her time on the floor. Playing harder, and watching her floor game and IQ improve, made for some long nights for our opponents this season.”

On Selah: “Selah fit in right away within our program as if she had been here for years. A reclassified 2026, Selah took full advantage of the year to learn to become a full-time wing and learn the nuances of the game on the perimeter. In that transition, she made herself very hard to guard. Sprinting the floor on the fast break, sprinting through cuts in our half court sets, and having an uncanny and unselfish ability to know when to score the ball herself or create for a teammate, Selah propelled herself onto the NEPSAC scene with a loud boom. And she continues to perfect her craft, she will only get better.”

On Ella: “Ella, now a two-time All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention selection, did a phenomenal job of leading our squad this year. Signing to continue her hoop career at Manhattan College, Ella entered this season with the right mix of confidence and security in her game to be whoever and whatever we needed her to be this season. She mentored a young guard quintet, by pushing them, challenging them, while also being selfless, and showing them how this program led by positive energy and attitude. This program would not be where it is without Ella's leadership.”

On Hannah: “Hannah, now a two-time All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention selection, came on very strong in Year 2 as a Titan. Much more understanding of what makes her a special player and finding her way in her role with us, Hannah shined and was huge for us with her versatility defensively, and being the facilitator in our offense with her vision, anticipation and precision passing from the high post.”

On Iyanna: “Iyanna is the future of our program. But in being the future, I am proud that our NEPSAC coaches realized how special she was this year! We call her “Miss 4th Quarter,’ affectionately. Iyanna's cool and calm demeanor on the floor goes well with her smooth and silky playing style, but in the fourth quarter, when most get a bit nervous, that is when Iyanna is most comfortable. There were many games this season in the huddle when we as a team told her, ‘It's your time,’ and she made or created the big play for us. Our future is bright with Iyanna at the helm.”


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