Rhaymi Porter '21, Najla Cecunjanin '21 named All-NEPSAC for Girls' Basketball
Much like the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls’ Basketball team, the future is bright for Najla Cecunjanin ’21 and Rhaymi Porter ’21.
After being selected to play in the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class C All-Star Game March 8, the junior teammates were named to the All-NEPSAC Team for Class C. Najla made the first team while Rhaymi earned a spot on the honorable mention list.
Najla regarding WMA’s season: “Overall, as a team we finally found who we were. We grew together and fought through struggles, never giving up on each other. Even though there were many opportunities where we could have given up, we knew our bond was too strong and were too good to give up. So we fought and played really well together, especially towards the end of the season.”
Rhaymi on making the All-NEPSAC Team: “Making All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention is a gracious honor, seeing as it's only my second year with the WMA program. Learning and flourishing under Coach (Durelle) Brown and performing with this group of girls has been an unforgettable experience.”
Coach Brown regarding Najla: “Najla shined brilliantly in her first year in Titans' red and blue. A multidimensional player, Najla was able to provide our team with an assortment of her skill set. Najla can shoot it (41%) from three, she can drive to the basket, she can pull-up off the dribble, she can hit the offensive glass, she can create for her teammates, she can handle the ball against pressure, she can rebound and she can guard multiple positions. Best of all, Najla's attitude and approach to the game are infectious. She is a leader and a team-first young lady. She always wants to play well, but for the overall success of the team. She works her tail off with a relentless work ethic, always wants to learn and she is incredibly coachable. We were lucky to add Najla to our WMA Girls’ Hoop program this year and luckier to add her to our WMA community.”
Coach Brown regarding Rhaymi: “Rhaymi truly blossomed in her second year as a Titan. Last season as a repeat sophomore, Rhay was surrounded by veteran leadership, which afforded her a lesser role. But this season Rhay was forced to do more for her team to find success. Always a freakishly dominant rebounder and shot blocker, the true growth in Rhay's game was seen on the offensive end. She nearly doubled her total points and points per game average this season, while becoming a focal point for us on the offensive end, all the while not relenting at all on her defensive responsibilities and capabilities. Rhay has a high motor, and can run the floor like a guard at 6-feet-2. As she continues to learn the game inside and out, she wants to learn how to become a better student of the game. It is scary to think how much better Rhay will be for her senior campaign if she improved this much from Year One to Two with us. We are excited about it.”
2019-20 statistics (per game)
Najla: 14.7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Rhaymi: 13.9 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 2 steals