By Sophie Wang
Girls Varsity Basketball has benefitted from eight returning players and a positive attitude this season, according to Head Coach Kindyll Dorsey. The team’s record as of February 9 stood at 11-8.
Led by Coach Dorsey and Assistant Coach Alda Farlow along with Co-Captains Eve Zuckoff and Lydia Zaleski (both ’14), the team is on track to qualify for the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) playoff tournament at the end of the season.
“They are passionate and knowledgeable, and they work together as a team really well,” Coach Dorsey said. “They just really enjoy the game.”
Guard Annie Barrett ’16, who joined the team as an eighth-grader, also praised the group’s cohesiveness, adding that most of the girls have played together for at least a year.
Five seniors, two juniors, and one sophomore—all returning players—welcomed Tora Clark ’15 to the team this season in addition to Sophie DiPetrillo ’15 and Micky Cox ’16, both new to the school and both already well-adjusted on and off the court, Eve said.
“We have really strong players,” she added. “We’ve been working on developing our skills both individually and as a team, and it’s really been showing on the court.”
Last year, the Knights made the end-of-season NEPSAC Tournament for the first time in 11 years, qualifying as one of the league’s top eight teams.
“We’re definitely trying to do that again,” Eve said. “We want to make it past the first round this year. We lost [there] to Nobles last year.”
Coach Dorsey, Annie, and Eve all cited Nobles—who has defeated the Knights twice this season—as their biggest rival. Still, they’re all eyeing the championship as a serious prospect.
“We hold ourselves to the highest standard, and we believe that we can beat any team in the league if we work the way that we can work,” Eve said.
The team will face St. Paul’s Saturday afternoon in the Nicholas Athletic Center.