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Girls' Basketball earns #6 seed in Class C

Since Coach Durelle Brown arrived at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, the trademark of the Girls’ Varsity Basketball program has stemmed from the team’s defense – steals, pressure, tipping passes, diving on the floor ... anything to disrupt the opposing team’s play.

It took some time for this year’s team to find that trademark, but the Titans found it, and now they are headed for the playoffs.

After starting 1-5, WMA (11-11) earned the No. 6 seed for the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class C Tournament and will play at third-seeded Cushing Academy of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, in a quarterfinal battle Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

The event will be live streamed here.

The Titans closed out the season by winning five of their last six games, which included a 66-56 victory against Cushing Feb. 2.

Excluding 2020-21, when there were no NEPSAC playoffs, this is the fifth tournament appearance in six seasons for WMA, whose starting lineup includes Cara Murphy ’22, Hallie O’Toole ’22, Meagan Schuermann ’23, Ella Chandler ’24 and Caterina Ravosa ’26. Rachael Nnabuife ’22, Iva Radevic ’23 and Abby Dorunda ’24 complete the Titans’ eight-player rotation.

Quotes from Coach Durelle Brown

Coach Brown regarding the Titans making the tournament: “Making the tournament this year is an amazing story. We started the season 1-5 and played a majority of those games without three starters. Then everyone got healthy after the break, but we still struggled a bit to learn about each other and our roles within the team. During that stretch we saw records of 3-8 and 6-10 as late as February 11. Then everything began to click. The girls began to feel healthier as a unit, trust each other, trust us as coaches, and saw us get hot and win our last five of six to make the playoff push, which is a crowning achievement for this group.”

Coach Brown regarding when the team began to click: “We started to click in February once we started to see consistent health and some continuity within our lines. As they say, ‘Winning cures all.’ Once they began to work hard for each other and be selfless for one another, they became a closer bunch. It showed in their collective play, energy and effort. You could see it in their passing, traps, rotations and focus.”

Coach Brown on the team’s biggest strength: “We have multiple players who can play multiple positions, which gives us the advantage to play several different styles of basketball. And when we are clicking on all cylinders, our full-court pressure defense has always been our program’s calling card.”

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