The girls’ varsity basketball team capped off another successful season in February, winning its seventh-straight Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and prep “A” state championship titles.
The team started its championship run in mid-February, defeating all of its opponents at the MAPL tournament. The Bucs defeated Lawrenceville, 84-40, in the semi-final round and moved on to beat Hill, 72-25, to be named champions.
In the final round, the girls overwhelmed Hill with a balanced scoring attack that included four players in double figures: Sydney Brown '18 (19 points), Maryrita Curcio '18 (13 points), Onome Akinbode-James '18 (11 points) and Erica Martinsen '18 (10 points).
Following a decisive win over Lawrenceville (73-48) a few days later, the athletes took the court in front of a packed house at home for the state final game on February 18. Blair defeated Peddie, 64-23, in its run for the state title. In the championship game, several Bucs recorded notable scores: Sydney (14 points), Katie Douglas ’18 (13 points) and Erica (12 points).
For head coach Quint Clarke ’87, the season was marked by dedicated team members whose selfless attitudes made their collective accomplishments possible.
"Winning is always fun, but winning the right way is even more rewarding,” he said. “In addition to being very talented, this team was amazing to coach. They practiced hard every day; they loved the competition; and they were supportive of each other. When you have a group of girls that doesn’t care who scores or who gets the credit, it's amazing what you can accomplish on the court.”
Though the team is sad to lose graduating seniors in Meghan Grant ’17, Elayna Daniels ’17, Winter Bruggeworth ’17 and Caroline Peppard ’17, the Bucs will return with five starters—Sydney, Maryrita, Onome, Erica (who committed to University of Virginia, joining fellow Buc Felicia Aiyeotan ’16) and Katie—for the 2017-2018 season.
"I want to give a special shout-out to our four amazing seniors, particularly four-year contributors and co-captains Meg and Elayna,” coach Clarke said. “They exemplify the culture and character we seek in our team, and I am forever grateful for their contributions in helping us win eight championships during their time at Blair."