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Titans bring KIT title back to WMA

Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls Basketball Coach Durelle Brown woke up Sunday morning to a text from former player A.J. Washington ’19. The text included photos from 2017 and 2018, when the Titans won the Kingswood Invitational Tournament.

A.J.’s text read, “Tell them to go win the trophy and bring it back home where it belongs. It has been gone too long.”

WMA did just that, and convincingly so.

The Titans beat Austin Prep and Holderness School before topping host Kingswood Oxford School 69-40 in the final on Sunday to win the KIT title for the third time during Coach Brown’s tenure.

Meagan Schuermann ’23 was named the tournament MVP, averaging 17.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, five steals and 11 deflections during the three-game tournament. Caterina Ravosa ’26 earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.

Quotes from Coach Brown

On how the team was playing headed into the KIT: “Heading into KIT at 4-2, we were still in search of that signature win. Yes, we had won some games, but the two toughest opponents we played - Pennington School of New Jersey and Winchendon School - we lost to. And we had lost both games the same way: in the fourth quarter. So, we entered the tournament still working on finding our identity. We had to toughen up, be more mature, continue to play for each other and sustain our level of playing at that certain standard.”

On what the Titans did well in the KIT: “They played together. They are so in tune with one another, and it is so beautiful to watch. For good stretches of games, they play hard; maybe not always as the quintet that is on the floor, but we always have Meagan, Hannah (Grudzien ’24) and Abigail (Dorunda ’24) leading the way with how hard they play on every possession. They focused on improving on the things that hurt us in our two losses, and focused on making every possession matter on both ends, offensively and defensively.”

On winning the KIT: “This win is great for this current team, and we are so proud of them. They deserve it for the work that they are putting in. But what they are learning is that this program is much bigger than them. They have an amazing support system of a lot of proud Titan Sisters that played before them that watch them, and want them to play well and make them proud, too. So, winning our third KIT in five years is definitely special. It allows them to see success for the work that they are putting in. And hopefully it makes them hungry to keep working to garner more success.”

On Meagan being named MVP: “There are not enough words to explain how proud I am of Meagan Schuermann. Her growth has been phenomenal. When we addressed the team (Sunday) after this huge triumph, I praised Meagan for her focus, and how all of her ducks are in a row. Because all of her ducks are in a row, she is having incredible success everywhere. She is High Honor Roll for T1, she is working her tail off in her books and on the practice floor, she is in control and happy with her personal/social relationships, and because of it she is playing basketball at an unreal level right now. She is leading us with how hard she plays, she never takes a possession off, she trusts her coaches and teammates, and she is playing with joyous excitement. I cannot believe where she is right now compared to where she was two years ago. Meagan is an amazing poster child of what ‘buying in’ looks like, and as her advisor and coach, I could not be more proud of her.”


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