Basketball - Girls' Varsity

WMA Girls' Hoop - It's an Attitude

Coach Durelle Brown loves for his teams to play FAST!

Transition offense and pressure defense are the methods of choice to incorporate his favorable pace. Titan Pride is built on hard work, teamwork and sportsmanship, as well as individual and team accountability. On campus and in the community, WMA girls’ basketball players must be ambassadors of the program, especially in the classroom. Wins and losses are why the games are played, but more importantly, learning from successes and failures are how life lessons are ascertained.

History

Wilbraham & Monson Academy has a long tradition in basketball. The Smith Hall Gymnasium, built on the Wesleyan Academy campus in Wilbraham in 1896, was the first indoor court built to the specifications of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. Even then, Wesleyan Academy had both boys’ and girls’ basketball teams.


Final minute, Ethel Walker playoff game Feb. 27

Behind its defense and composure, the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls' Basketball team is still alive in the New England Prep School Class C tournament.

Alana Perkins '19 drained an NBA-range three-pointer with 19 seconds remaining and Ashley Ambrosino '20 sank two free throws with 5.2 ticks on the clock as the Titans rallied late to beat visiting Ethel Walker School49-46 in a quarterfinal, the game concluding with the WMA students storming the court.

The victory propelled the No. 4 Titans (15-6) to the semifinal round, where they will travel to Andover, N.H., to take on top-seeded Proctor Academy March 2 at 3 p.m.

Alana led WMA with 16 points and five steals, while Rhaymi Porter '20 added 11 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Ashley finished with 15 points.

The Titans, who forced 29 turnovers, trailed by eight points in the closing minutes.



Alan Perkins '19 1,000 points

AJ Washington '19, 1,000 points

Walker playoff game, Feb. 27

NLI: Alana Perkins '19


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Alana

Perkins

2019

Wauwatosa

WI

1

Cara

Murphy

2022

Springfield

MA

2

An'Janae

Washington

2019

Springfield

MA

3

Ashley

Ambrosino

2020

Mendon

MA

5

Ingrid

Salvador

2019

Amherst

MA

10

Gianna

Courtney

2022

Ludlow

MA

12

Brandyn

Vitek

2019

Springfield

MA

14

Leilani

Bennett

2019

Belleville

NJ

15

Julia

Armand

2022

Cambridge

MA

21

Theresa

Kervick

2020

East Longmeadow

MA

22

Rhaymi

Porter

2021

Glenville

NY


Head coach: Durelle Brown, dbrown@wma.us

• 2013 Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame
• Manhattan College, Men’s Basketball, ranks fourth on all-time scoring list (1,634)
• Manhattan College, Men’s Basketball, ranks first in all-time field goal percentage
• Two-time MAAC First Team selection
• Played professional basketball for 10 seasons in Holland, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Mexico
• Won four league titles and three MVP awards during pro career
• New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2009)
• Former Head Coach of Boys’ Basketball Kingswood Oxford School
• 1,000-point scorer at Kingswood Oxford School (1,372)
• 2017 Kingswood Oxford School Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee

Assistant coach: Leslee Sharon

KIT Tournament champs!




2017-18

  • Record: 17 -4
  • NEPSAC Class C quarterfinalist
  • NEPSAC Class C All-Stars: Kayla Mokwuah (First Team), Alana Perkins '19 (Honorable Mention), An'Janae "AJ" Washington '19 (Honorable Mention)
  • Won the Kingswood Oxford School Invitational Tournament.

- Kayla Mokwuah '18: Tournament Most Valuable Player
- Alana Perkins '19: All Tournament Team.

  • Kayla Mokwuah '18 NLI to George Washington University
  • Kayla Mokwuah '18 All-Massachusetts First Team.


2016-17
  • Record: 17-5
  • NEPSAC Class C semifinalist
  • NEPSAC Class C All-Stars: Annika Bruce, Courtney Thrun, Kayla Mokwuah
  • Kayla Mokwuah - 1,000 career points
  • Kayla Mokwuah '18 commitment to George Washington University
  • Courtney Thrun '17 NLI to Adelphia University
  • Meera Ratte '17 to play at Skidmore College
  • Winner of WMA's Trustees Cup - the most coveted athletic team award at the Academy. The award takes into account a team’s success on the field, grade point average, team spirit and community service.


2015-16

  • Record: 14-6
  • NEPSAC Class C quarterfinalist
  • Stoneleigh-Burnham School Holiday Tournament champion
  • Stoneleigh-Burnham School Holiday All-Tournament team: Meera Ratte
  • NEPSAC Class C All-Stars: Annika Bruce, Meera Miller
2014-15

  • Record: 8-11
  • Stoneleigh-Burnham School Holiday All-Tournament team: Katie Cronin
  • Stoneleigh-Burnham School Holiday Tournament runner-up
  • NEPSAC Class C All-Star Game: Meera Miller, Ashley Theriault
2013-14
  • Stoneleigh-Burnham School Holiday All-Tournament team: Gianna Mitchell
2012-13
  • NEPSAC Class C All-Star Game: Carly Cronin

2011-12
  • NEPSAC Class C quarterfinalist
  • NEPSAC All-Star Game: Carly Cronin, Brielle Robinson
2011-12
  • Stoneleigh-Burnham School Holiday Tournament champion
2003-04
  • Western New England Prep School Basketball Association (WWNEPSBA) Small School Champion
  • New England Prep School Athletic Council Class C finalist
2001-02
  • 19-2 (best record in school history)

Scoreboard

vs.
Williston Northampton
Home
Win 57-28

A.J. Washington '19 made five 3-pointers and scored 27 points, while Alana Perkins '19 scored the 1,000th point of her career.

vs.
Westover School
Away
Win 73-31
The Titans put together their best effort of the young season with a strong performance at Westover. With their pressure defense beginning to click, aggressively pushing the ball in transition, collective team effort heightened and a more relaxed feel to their approach, the Titans executed much more effectively. Eight of the nine players who entered the game scored. And four players scored in double figures. The Titans were led by Ashley Ambrosino '20 with 14 points, An’Janae Washington '19 and Cara Murphy '22 each scored 12 points, and Theresa Kervick '20 had 10 points.


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