Girls' Basketball

Varsity

Welcome & About the Program

STATE PREP A CHAMPIONS
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015,
2016, 2017

— MAPL CHAMPS —
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Thank you for your interest in Blair basketball. Over the past several years, we have become one of the premier girls' basketball programs in the country, and we are known for our unique combination of athletic and academic excellence.

On the court, we have won our league and state titles the last three years, during which time, we have had a McDonald’s All-American, three straight N.J. Prep players of the year, and eight Division I players. All this while playing one of the most competitive basketball schedules in the country.

We pride ourselves on our tough defense, our team play and our commitment to doing whatever it takes to succeed. We work on our individual skills a great deal, but we are committed to the idea that basketball is ultimately a team game. We value hustle plays, an unselfish commitment to the team, communication on and off the court, and toughness in how we approach our lives. We also believe that basketball should be fun and seek to maintain a sense of joy in the way we play.

We are about far more than basketball, however. Blair players are well-rounded young women who are constantly striving to improve themselves as students, as athletes and as people. They are leaders in the classroom; they are involved in serving their community; and they are good people who will end up making this world a better place.

Blair is not a basketball school, but one of the most rigorous academic institutions in the country. To succeed here, you must be committed to your academic work and you must be willing to respond positively to a close-knit community of similarly driven people from all over the world.

Therefore, we are looking to develop great basketball players but, more than that, great women who will be future leaders of this world. We are very proud of our school and our team. If you are someone who wants to be a part of something bigger than yourself, to push yourself to new heights, to win a lot of games and to have fun doing it, please contact Coach Quint Clarke at (908) 458-2695.

Meet the Coaches

Meet Coach Clarke

Q Clarke

Quinten Clarke '87 joined Blair's history department in 2001. After completing his undergraduate work at Rutgers University in 1991, he went on to earn his JD from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden in 1994. At Blair, he teaches global issues and constitutional law, as well as coaches varsity girls' basketball. Quint also runs “Blair in Kenya,” a nonprofit that is building and running two schools in Kenya. Over his years at Blair, he has been the international monitor, taught in the English and religion departments, and coached a number of other sports. Prior to coming to Blair, Quint clerked for Judge Ronald Graves in Newton, New Jersey, was an associate attorney at the law firm of Laddey, Clark and Ryan in Sparta, and served as an adjunct professor at Sussex County Community College.

Meet Coach Doldoorian

Math teacher , an alumna of Trinity College, holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and educational studies. At Blair, she teaches AP calculus AB, pre-calculus and number theory courses, coaches girls’ basketball and field hockey, helps run Blair’s Healthy Relationships in the Community (HRC) activity and serves as a sophomore monitor. Danyelle gained basketball and field hockey coaching experience while serving as a camp director and coach for various programs over the last five years. Before beginning her Blair career, she worked as a teaching assistant and admission associate at Trinity College. Danyelle resides and serves dorm duty in Annie Hall.

Schedule

View directions to athletic events. To read recaps about past events, go to the "Team News" tab above.

Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score Status
vs.
Putnam Science Academy
TBD
Away Loss 63-77
Navy Prep
Away Win 67-58
vs.
Life Center Academy
Away Win 42-34
Worcester
Away Loss 53-68
Tilton @ Worcester
Away Win 69-43
National Christian @ She's Got Game
Away Loss 47-66
Westridge @ She Got Game
Away Loss 41-52
Riverdale Baptist (MD) - NJ Sparks @ Eastside High (Paterson, NJ)
Away Loss 39-49
Trenton Catholic - NJ Sparks @ Eastside High (Paterson, NJ)
Away Win 59-55
vs.
Hun
Home Win 92-35
Franklin - Girls Basketball Showcase @ JFK High - Paterson, NJ
Away Loss 56-66
vs.
Peddie
Away Win 76-33
vs.
Pennington
Away Win 61-50
vs.
Hill School
Home Win 75-48
vs.
Lawrenceville
Home Win 67-26
vs.
Life Center Academy
Home Win 87-44
King’s Christian @ MECCA (NYC)
Away Win 68-32
vs.
Saddle River Day School
Away CANCELLED
vs.
Mercersburg
Away Win 89-54
Newark Arts High School - Warrior Classic @ Life Center Academy
Away Win 79-38
Saint Laurent (Canada) - Warrior Classic @ Life Center Academy
Away Loss 51-65
Mercersburg (MAPLs Semi Finals)
Away Win 67-26
Lawrenceville (MAPL Finals)
Away Win 76-47
vs.
Immaculate Conception
Home Win 69-49
State Semi Finals vs. Kent Place
Home Win 75-49
State Finals vs. Pennington
Home POSTPONED: 2/26/2019
Independent School Nationals First Round Comenius (SC) @ Talbert Rec Center – Mooresville, NC
Away Win 68-35
Independent School Nationals Qtrs Crestwood (Ontario) @ Mooresville, NC
Away Win 71-68
Independent School Nationals Semi Finals vs St. Laurent (QC) @ Mooresville, NC
Away Win 70-63 (OT)
Independent School Nationals Finals vs Westridge Academy (NC) @ Mooresville, NC
Away Loss 47-56
State Finals vs. Pennington
Home Loss 68-72

Roster

No players were found for this team

Team News

Girls' BasketballGirls’ Varsity Basketball Named 2016 State & MAPL Champions

Less than a week after defeating Mercersburg Academy in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) tournament, the girls’ varsity basketball team won the N.J. prep “A” state championship with a 20-point victory over The Lawrenceville School. 2016 marked the sixth-consecutive year that Blair girls’ basketball has ended the season as MAPL and state champions. This latest victory was also the sixth-consecutive win for the lady Bucs, who ended the regular season with an exciting victory over New Jersey’s top-ranked team, Rutgers Prep.


Temi FagbenieTemi Fagbenle ’11 Drafted to WNBA

Temi Fagbenle ’11 was selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the 35th pick of the 2016 WNBA draft on April 14.

Temi will join the Lynx for the 2017 season, following the completion of her final collegiate basketball season at the University of Southern California, where she led the Trojans in nearly every statistical category this season while working toward her master’s degree. Prior to that, she played three seasons of basketball for Harvard University, where she broke a number of school records and earned several outstanding achievement awards for her skills on the court.

An Olympian, Temi represented Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Games in London. At Blair, she helped the Bucs earn three Mid-Atlantic Prep League titles and a state championship in her three seasons at the School. At the conclusion of her final season with the Bucs, Temi was recognized as a 2011 McDonald's All-American. Temi also played varsity tennis at Blair and starred in the School’s rendition of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone during her senior year.

Alums Playing in College

Collegiate Athletes

Onome Akinbode-James '17

Onome Akinbode-James '17
Duke

Sydney Brown '17

Sydney Brown '17
Columbia

Katie Douglas '17

Katie Douglas '17
Dartmouth

Felicia Aiyeotan '16
Virginia

Ke'er Sun '16
Wellsley

Batouly Camara '15
UConn

Bre Cavanaugh '15
Fordham

Cy Lippold '15
Dartmouth

Lauren Vostal '15
Williams

Former Collegiate Athletes

Sadie Edwards '14
Southern Cal
Kate Ryan '14
Columbia
Sami Hill '13
Virginia Tech
Team Canada
Junior National Team
Donau-Ries (Germany)
Bridget Ryan '12
West Point

Femi Hamilton '12
UMass-Lowell
Team Great Britain
Junior National Team

Temi Fagbenle '11
Harvard University
Great Britain National Team
2012 Olympics
Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
Shaina Earl '11
Quinnipiac University
Annette Snow '12
Lafayette College
Team USA, 2013 Maccabiah Games
Israel National team
Maccabi-Bnot-Ashdod (Israel)
Nicole Lem '11
NYU
Christelle Akon-Akech '10
Fairfield University
Felicia Mgbada '09
Bucknell University
 

Recaps

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View more photos from the 2018-2019 season on Blair's Photoshelter or past years on Blair's Flickr.

Past Results

Winter 2018-2019

Opponent Date Result Score
vs.
Putnam Science Academy
Loss 63-77
Navy Prep
Win 67-58
vs.
Life Center Academy
Win 42-34
Worcester
Loss 53-68
Tilton @ Worcester
Win 69-43
National Christian @ She's Got Game
Loss 47-66
Westridge @ She Got Game
Loss 41-52
Riverdale Baptist (MD) - NJ Sparks @ Eastside High (Paterson, NJ)
Loss 39-49
Trenton Catholic - NJ Sparks @ Eastside High (Paterson, NJ)
Win 59-55
vs.
Hun
Win 92-35
Franklin - Girls Basketball Showcase @ JFK High - Paterson, NJ
Loss 56-66
vs.
Peddie
Win 76-33
vs.
Pennington
Win 61-50
vs.
Hill School
Win 75-48
vs.
Lawrenceville
Win 67-26
vs.
Life Center Academy
Win 87-44
King’s Christian @ MECCA (NYC)
Win 68-32
vs.
Mercersburg
Win 89-54
Newark Arts High School - Warrior Classic @ Life Center Academy
Win 79-38
Saint Laurent (Canada) - Warrior Classic @ Life Center Academy
Loss 51-65
Mercersburg (MAPLs Semi Finals)
Win 67-26
Lawrenceville (MAPL Finals)
Win 76-47
vs.
Immaculate Conception
Win 69-49
State Semi Finals vs. Kent Place
Win 75-49
Independent School Nationals First Round Comenius (SC) @ Talbert Rec Center – Mooresville, NC
Win 68-35
Independent School Nationals Qtrs Crestwood (Ontario) @ Mooresville, NC
Win 71-68
Independent School Nationals Semi Finals vs St. Laurent (QC) @ Mooresville, NC
Win 70-63 (OT)
Independent School Nationals Finals vs Westridge Academy (NC) @ Mooresville, NC
Loss 47-56
State Finals vs. Pennington
Loss 68-72

Winter 2017-2018

Opponent Date Result Score
vs.
Life Center Academy
Loss 41-45
vs.
Pennington
Win 64-51
ASA
Win 60-57
East Orange - Sparks Invitational, Paterson NJ
Win 62-37
Lincoln Prep (Canada) - Sparks Invitational, Paterson, NJ
Win 56-48
vs.
Hun
Win 58-35
Northfield Mt Hermon (MA) - SayYesToSuccess
Win 85-71
vs.
Putnam Science Academy
Win 61-53
vs.
Peddie
Win 70-37
vs.
Hill School
Win 70-39
vs.
Mercersburg
Win 67-25
vs.
Lawrenceville
Win 69-48
vs.
Life Center Academy
Win 61-57
Rock Creek Christian (MD) - Mecca Challenge
Loss 39-52
Saddle River Day School
Win 72-69
TPLS Christian Academy (VA) - Warrior Winter Classic @ Life Center Academy
Win 51-46
E.S. Saint Laurent (CAN) - Warrior Winter Classic @ Life Center Academy
Win 67-57
Semifinals - MAPLs @ Hun
Win 64-35
Finals - MAPLs @ Hun
Win 77-39
vs.
Rutgers Prep
Loss 54-65
vs.
Immaculate Conception
Win 67-32
vs.
States (semis), Pingry
Loss 52-54
Independent School National Championships in Charlotte, NC
Win 59-50

Winter 2016-2017

Date Opponent Location Time Results
11/18 Hill Scrimmage Away 4:30 pm
12/5 Life Center Academy Home 6:00 pm 55-52 W
12/10 Bishop O'Connell (VA) - She's Got Game Away 1:20 pm 51-44 W
12/11 Durham Elite (Canada) - She's Got Game Away 9:00 am 68-52 W
12/14 Pennington Away 4:15 pm 56-15 W
12/17 Anacostia (DC) - Festival of Phoenix Away 12:00 pm 81-29 W
12/18 Patrick School - Festival of Phoenix Away 12:30 pm 32-48 L
1/5 ASA Home 6:00 pm 54-71 L
1/7 Potters House (FL) - NJ Sparks Tournament Away 4:00 pm 59-48 W
1/8 TPLS Christian Academy (VA) - Sparks Invitational Away 1:30 pm 58-29 L
1/11 Hun Home 5:30 pm 65-25
1/12 Immaculate Conception Away 6:00 pm Canc.
1/14 Bishop Ireton (VA) - Say Yes to Success Away 5:00 pm Canc.
1/18 Peddie Away 4:00 pm 86-44 W
1/21 Hill Home 4:00 pm 56-31 W
1/22 Mercersburg Away 1:00 pm 65-37 W
1/25 Lawrenceville Home 4:00 pm 69-40 W
1/26 Life Center Academy Away 6:00 pm 50-54 L
1/28 St. Laurent - The Mecca Away 9:00 pm 63-57 W
2/1 Queen of Peace High School Home 7:00 pm Canc.
2/11 Lawrenceville (MAPL Semis) Away 2:00 pm 84-40 W
2/12 Hill (MAPL Finals) Away 72-25 W
2/14 Rutgers Prep Away 4:30 pm 52-60 L
2/16 Lawrenceville (state semis) Home 4:00 pm 73-46 W
2/18 Peddie (state finals) Home 4:00 pm 64-23 W

JV

Overview

The girls' JV basketball team prides itself on good sportsmanship, teamwork and having fun while developing fundamental basketball skills. Players at all levels are welcome to join. Our goal is to develop each player’s ability and understanding of the game as we work together as a team to become our collective best. We encourage one another on and off the court, and are committed to hard work and positive attitudes.

The JV team plays a competitive schedule against Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) rivals Hun, Peddie, Mercersburg, Lawrenceville and Hill as well as other independent schools and local public high schools.

Meet the Coaches

Meet Coach Merrifield

came to Blair in 1986 following her graduation from Davidson College with a BA in French and has since experienced the School from nearly every vantage point: as a teacher, coach, parent, faculty spouse, monitor and professional staff member. She rejoined the faculty in 2015 as a teacher of French 1 and 3. Sharon earned her New Jersey elementary education teaching certification in 2003 at Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, and taught at Blairstown Elementary School for more than eight years. Early in her career, she served as a Blair admission associate, and from 2012-2015, she was a member of the advancement team, working with loyal alumni, parents and friends of the School as director of stewardship. Sharon and her husband, veteran science teacher Rob Merrifield, live in the Parsonage; they are the parents of Rebecca ’10 and Graham ’14.

Meet Coach Paone

A 2018 graduate of Bates College, Marianna Paone joined Blair’s faculty in 2018 as a history teacher and rowing coach as well as help coach for the JV girls’ basketball team. She majored in history with a concentration in European history and minored in educational studies, gaining classroom experience as a teacher’s assistant at several Lewiston, Maine, elementary schools and as a fifth-grade teacher at Oranjekloof Moravian Primary School in Cape Town, South Africa. Marianna was a four-year member of Bates’ NCAA-champion varsity rowing team, and she received the Bates athletic department's Senior Scholar Award in 2018.
 

 

 

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Advantage Result Score Status
vs.
Peddie
Home Win 33-20
vs.
Hill School
Away Loss 20-28
vs.
Hun
Home CANCELLED
vs.
Peddie
Away Loss 17-25
vs.
Hill School
Home CANCELLED
vs.
Lawrenceville
Away Loss 12-24
vs.
Pennington
Away CANCELLED
vs.
Lawrenceville
Home Loss 26-45

Roster

No players were found for this team

Past Results

Winter 2018-2019

Opponent Date Result Score
vs.
Peddie
Win 33-20
vs.
Hill School
Loss 20-28
vs.
Peddie
Loss 17-25
vs.
Lawrenceville
Loss 12-24
vs.
Lawrenceville
Loss 26-45

Winter 2017-2018

Opponent Date Result Score
vs.
Lawrenceville
Loss 24-41
vs.
Hun
Loss 20-39
vs.
Peddie
Win 30-17
vs.
Hill School
Win 29-7
vs.
Lawrenceville
Win 41-31
vs.
Hill School
Win 23-8

Winter 2016-2017

Date Opponent Location Start Info
12/7 Peddie Home 4:15 pm 39-14 W
1/7 Lawrenceville Home 2:30 pm 15-33 L
1/11 Hun Home 4:00 pm 22-23 L
1/14 North Warren Home 1:00 pm PPD
1/18 Peddie Away 4:00 pm 26-15 W
1/21 Hill Home 2:30 pm 45-33 W
1/25 Lawrenceville Away 4:00 pm 23-51 L
2/1 Sacred Heart Away 4:30 pm Canc.
2/11 Hill Away 2:30 pm 23-33 L
2/14 Rutgers Prep Away 6:00 pm 2-51 L

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View more photos from the 2018-2019 season on Blair's Photoshelter or past years on Blair's Flickr.