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Alana Perkins '19 Named Player of the Year; AJ Washington Selected to All-League
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Like no other player in Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls' Basketball history, Alana Perkins '19 could shoot.

This season, Alana did much more than shoot – a lot more.

Alana was named the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class C Player of the Year in mid-March.

Alana, along with teammate A.J. Washington '19, was also selected to the 10-player All-NEPSAC First Team for the 15-7 Titans. Both players surpassed the 1,000 point mark for their careers this season.

Alana, who will play next season at Bryant University, averaged 17.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals for WMA, which reached the Class C postseason for the fourth year in a row. She also sank 71 3-pointers in 20 games, giving her a remarkable total of 153 in 41 career games as a Titan.

Meanwhile, A.J. also had a full stat sheet, with 14 points, 4.8 steals, 3.5 assists and three rebounds.

Quotes

Alana on how she performed this season: "During the beginning of the season it started out rough and I definitely had to improve on my game. After missing a few games I came back better and was able to help my team out. I was able to show this season different aspects of my game, and that I'm not just a shooter."

A.J. on her 2018-19 season for the Titans: "During the season I believe I started off slowly. However, once I got out of my slump I played a huge role on the team. Whether I led the team physically or vocally, I made sure I put my best foot forward. I believe I stepped up this year knowing we were losing a big piece (Kayla Mokwuah '18).

Coach Durelle Brown on Alana winning the Class C Player of the Year: "She came here as a shooter. Being voted Player of the Year, you have to be more than a shooter. You have to do multiple things and affect games. I'm sure she was on top of everyone's scouting report when we played them. She always showed up; she always played well; she always played hard. The thing I would give her more so than anything is in two years she's become very coachable."

Coach Brown on A.J.'s season: "What A.J. has you can't teach. You can't teach the work ethic, the passion, the intensity and the desire she plays with. For A.J. to get recognized for her totality I think is awesome. Every team needs an A.J., but every team can't have an A.J. We were lucky to have her. I'm very proud of her, as I'm sure her teammates are."