The second half saw both teams find the range on offence, and the scoreboard started lighting up. Heavyn Beals led the team by hitting a trio of 3 pointers from way above the 3 point line, drawing murmuring and awe from the Tilton home crowd . Savannah Provo continued her stellar defensive play, and combined with Aaliyah Arab Smith's 9 points, KES established an 8 point lead with 3:30 left in the game. Tilton stormed back by hitting 2 three pointers and cashing in on foul shots, to close the KES lead to 2 with under 5 seconds on the clock. On the next possession a questionable foul was called on KES, sending Tilton to the line, to shoot two shots, down 58-57. After a timeout to "ice the shooter", the first shot bounced out, setting up a second shot to tie to send it to overtime, or for KES to grab an important road victory. The shot bounced in, and the game was tied at 58, with 2.1 seconds left on the clock. Assistant Coach Rachelle Coward drew up a last second set to give KES a chance for a game winning shot, which the girls ran to perfection. Heavyn Beals launched a great pass that travelled almost the full length of the court to Aaliyah Arab-Smith who after catching it and taking 2 dribbles, got off a great shot at the buzzer from 17 feet from the rim, and the ball hit off of the edge of the rim, just missing going in for the win. Off to OT...
Overtime saw the KES crew in foul trouble, and Tilton able to create a bit of separation on the scoreboard, and end up with a 68 - 59 win. The KES team has had 2 OT games go against them this year, and are looking to break through at the next Overtime opportunity. This game was our first loss in NEPSAC play, but the team has established itself as an upper-tier team in its class. Tilton's Coach Tara Brisson and I have already agreed to a "same time, same day, same place" for next year's game and beyond. Coach Brisson was very complimentary stating "your team belongs in this tough league, and I am going to be your biggest advocate for whatever your team needs here in New England. Those girls are really, really good..."
After a busy weekend that included a visit to Harvard University to see the Crimson Women’s Basketball Program in action, and a tour of the athletic facilities, our KES Prep team has this upcoming weekend off and are preparing for their 1st Annual family trip during the January Break. We look forward to having some of our player’s parents, grandparents and supporters along with us for a great weekend of NEPSAC games.
Athletes of the Week (AOW) are selected based on athletic performance and sportsmanship. Positive sporting behaviour is valued at KES and integral to our Athletic Philosophy and School Mission Statement emphasizing gentleness and learning and dignity and respect.
For the Week of January 7th – 13th
Junior Boy -- N/A
Junior Girl -- Abby McCarthy (Girls’ Prep Hockey) has been thrown into many different scenarios this year and she always rises to the challenge. Our first-year forward has made a huge impact and has stepped up in a time of need as the girls are struggling with injuries. Last weekend against some of our tougher competition, Abby managed to take on a new position and double shift four games in a row. In our final game of the weekend, Abby scored two really important goals to secure the win for KES! Endurance, toughness, and a relentless “never give up” attitude has made Abby one of our rising stars this year. Congrats, Abby!
Senior Girl -- Chloe McClean (Girls’ Prep Hockey) is a first-year defense, but you wouldn’t guess it by the way she plays! This poised, smooth-skating player has really made an impact defensively on the team. One of the hardest shooters from the point, Chloe has created many opportunities in front of the net. She’s also very sneaky, creeping in behind the other team to score goals back door. She is equally talented offensively as she is defensively which is why Chloe played a big part in a 2-2 tie this weekend against Rice, netting her only goal of the weekend to get our team going. We cannot wait to see what more she has in her bag of tricks.
Senior Boy -- James MacGregor (Boys’ Prep Hockey) played like a true leader at Maine University against Ulysse Academy. James led the way to the boy’s victory in their first game by scoring two goals. James’s work ethic every shift sets the standard for all his teammates, and he consistently encouraged his teammates throughout the weekend’s games. Congratulations, James!
For the Week of January 13th – 14th
Junior Boy -- Justin Day (Junior Boys’ Basketball) showed his athletic diversity at the ACIS basketball tournament by leading our team to a semi-final win. He took his rugby player mentality and drove to the hoop and muscled his way to many rebounds in a key win over Halifax Grammar School. His attitude and toughness led the team to a one-point win.
Junior Girl -- Bella Turner-Galaise (Wrestling) - Bella pinned four opponents in less than five minutes total wrestling time last weekend to win GOLD in our 23rd Annual KES Wrestling Invitational. She displayed impressive technical skill while representing our School with respect and grace. It was great to see some of her Prep Girls’ Hockey teammates cheering her on and volunteering at the event.
Senior Girl -- Once again, Téa Racozzi (Wrestling) displayed superb technical skills to pin all four of her opponents in the senior category this past weekend to win another GOLD medal. She was not afraid to combine tried and true techniques with some newer moves. Téa led our team, as captain, and she represented our School in a dignified and respectful manner all day. Well done, Téa!
Senior Boy -- Evan Logan (Wrestling) combined fitness, athleticism and aggression in order to overcome a relative lack of technical skill in his first wrestling tournament, and he placed a respectable third this past weekend. His technical skills are rapidly improving, and we’re looking forward to seeing Evan contribute even more to the team in the coming weeks. Congratulations, Evan!
Four members of our King's-Edgehill wrestling team spent the first day of their Christmas break competing at the Annual Hants East Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, December 15th. Quinn Emery, Camryn Kleynhans, Callum Lovelace, and David McCurdy made time during the busy examination schedule to prepare for this optional tournament. Quinn, returning very strong from last season after spending a lot of time training in the weight room in the interim, competed through discomfort in his shoulder to win third place in a tough class. Camryn, a returning provincial champion, won GOLD in a best two out of three series against a seasoned opponent. She could have taken first place in two matches, but she took this opportunity to try new moves and wrestle a more technical style. David, a brand new wrestler, lent his considerable fitness, intellect, and power to his fledgling technical skills to compete in a very tough bracket with five other competitors, all of whom were bigger than him. We are confident that David, with lots more work, will dominate the Senior boys' 100 kilogram class. Callum wrestled an extremely aggressive style against very talented opposition, but he was pulled from competition after an injury.
We are confident that the success our small selection of wrestlers had in Hants East is but a minor prelude to the success our entire team will have at our 23rd Annual Wrestling Tournament at King's-Edgehill on January 19 and beyond.