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Titans earn #1 seed

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls Basketball team is ranked first headed into the postseason.

The Titans hope to be No. 1 at the end of the playoffs as well.

WMA earned the top seed for the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class C Tournament when the rankings were announced Feb. 25. The Titans are 21-4 and closed out the regular season by winning 12 games in a row, capped by a 64-52 win at Suffield Academy Feb. 24.

WMA will host No. 8 Montrose School of Medfield, Massachusetts, Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m.

“The girls are playing basketball at a really high, cohesive level,” Coach Durelle Brown said. “Far from perfect, but peaking at the right time. We practice hard, compete and challenge each other, and study game film constantly, so that we stay humble by seeing all the places we can continue to grow as individuals and collectively as a unit. I am proud of how well we are playing, but along with them, I am not satisfied and want to continue to improve.”

The Titans made a historic run last season, reaching the championship before losing in the final. Coach Brown hopes that experience – the good and the bad – will help the Academy to its first NEPSAC Girls Basketball title this season.

“I wholeheartedly believe that reaching the final last season will help during this year's postseason appearance,” Coach Brown explained. “We are bitter. We are not whole. We came up short. It still hurts, and that hurt is what has fueled us all season. Even our newcomers took on that burden with us, and it has brought us together. We now have the experience to learn from and strategize from. We like to say in our program, ‘We do not lose, we learn.’”

With the No. 1 seed, the Titans are scheduled for a home game in the first round, with a win there creating another home-court advantage for a semifinal.

“Hosting the quarterfinal here at home was our first goal to the postseason, so we are proud that we accomplished that goal,” Coach Brown said. “It is not an easy feat, and we do not take this accomplishment lightly. We are proud of our hard work. We have loved playing at home in front of our raucous playoff home crowd in years past, and look forward to another great WMA community show of love and support from our families, students and faculty. We are looking forward to it.”

The No. 1 seed is a first since Coach Brown took over in 2014-15 and the 21 regular season victories established a program record.

“This is a testament to all of my past players that helped build this program to where it is now,” Coach Brown praised. “We always talked about being the No. 1 seed and here we are. This group of young ladies are special because they love and respect their older Titan sisters and our program's legacy. We have earned this seed with our effort and hard work. The seed represents what you accomplished in the regular season, but in the postseason, everyone is 0-0. Now it is time to finish the job that we did not finish last year.”

The Titans use all eight of their available players. Ella Chandler ’24, Ani Hodge ’27, Selah Prignano ’26, Hannah Grudzien ’25 and Caterina Ravosa ’26 typically start, while Abby Dorunda ’24, Adela Cecunjanin ’24 and Jala Witherspoon ’27 give WMA exceptional depth, experience and athleticism off the bench.