Varsity Girls Basketball 2018-2019 Season
George School @ Conwell-Egan Catholic High School—Wednesday, November 28, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
George School @ FSL / InterAc Challenge (GS @ EA)—Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
The girls' varsity basketball team traveled to Baldwin School to participate in the FSL-InterAc Challenge to begin their season. After just two days of practice, the Cougars performed admirably. Although we didn't score the ball particularly well, we played good defense so we could stay in the game. After giving up 12 points in the first quarter, the Cougars, only able to score 6 points of their own, started to put their mark on the defensive end of the floor. In the second quarter, the guests reciprocated by holding Episcopal Academy to just 6 points. Senior co-captain Claryn Troup and sophomore Kaliyah Myricks were the only players to score a bucket for the Cougars. Down 7-18 at the half, the Cougars tied the third quarter and won the fourth quarter by 1 point. Kaliyah led our team with 11 points, 8 rebounds, and a blocked shot. The Cougars lost to Episcopal Academy 31-21
George School @ FSL / InterAc Challenge (GS @ LS)—Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.
The FSL-InterAc Challenge continued on Saturday afternoon, and the Cougars were determined to redeem themselves, at least offensively. Their opponent would be Lawrenceville School. In this match up, the Cougars were still struggling offensively. Down 12-6 in the first quarter, the Cougars kept the game close. Senior Jennifer McArthur led the team with three steals, while her teammate sophomore Kaliyah Myricks pulled down eleven rebounds and blocked three shots. In the second half, the Cougars tied the Big Red. Junior co-captain Alexandra Long scored one of two three-pointers for the team and contributed seven points. Kaliyah dropped ten points, while sophomore Alexis Semidey-Martinez contributed seven points. Senior Ashleigh Azan gave the team tremendous energy and six points, three rebounds, and two assists. The Cougars, although without good perimeter shooting, continued to play solid defense, giving themselves a chance down the stretch. The Cougars lost to The Lawrenceville School 44-36.
George School @ The Lawrenceville School—Wednesday, December 5, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m.
In a rematch from the previous weekend, the Cougars traveled to The Lawrenceville School for a rematch. The Cougars were confident that they would avenge that loss to the Big Red. The game was fast and physical. The Cougars were strong defensively and took the game right to their hosts. In the first quarter, the teams traded baskets. Junior co-captain Alexandra Long broke open the hoop with a three-pointer to start the scoring. Sophomore Alexis Semidey-Martinez also got into the scoring column with two jumpers. Senior co-captain Claryn Troup kept us in the game with two buckets around the hoop. More impressively was the defensive effort. The Cougars were incredible at times. Senior Jennifer McArthur pulled down ten rebounds and contributed two steals, while sophomore Kaliyah Myricks, who led the team with scoring with thirteen points, pulled down nine rebounds to go along with her three blocks. Alexandra also played well defensively; she had six blocked shots, five steals, five rebounds, and four assists. Alexis' three steals and six rebounds helped the visiting Cougars grab thirty-eight rebounds. The team also amassed fourteen steals and eleven blocked shots. However, even after taking a six-point lead in the third quarter, the Cougars lost the third 11-6 and then lost the fourth 9-5. The aspect of the game that hurt the Cougars was turnovers. The Cougars committed thirty-four turnovers yet still lost the game 35-33 to Lawrenceville.
George School @ Princeton Day School—Friday, December 7, 2018 @ 4:30 p.m.
The Cougars traveled to Princeton Day School to take on the Panthers. The Cougars would have to turn things around offensively in order to secure their first win of the season. To start the game, sophomore Alexis Semidey-Martinez was aggressive offensively and scored two three-pointers in the first quarter. Senior Jennifer McArthur would also get on the board in the first quarter allowing the Cougars to take a 13-0 lead. With several players moving in and out of the game, the Cougars' young players saw plenty of playing time. Sophomore Aqua Withers-Carello was the leading scorers with ten points including a three-point shot to cap an 11-5 run in the second quarter. Sophomore Lauren Hanna dropped a two and a three while going two-for-two from the free throw line. Freshman Irion Thompson scored on a driving lay-up after a nice steal. Junior Camille Mills played hard defense and made two steals and three great hustle plays. In the third quarter, the Cougars held their hosts to two points while the young players scored 10. To close out the game, senior Ashleigh Azan scored on two buckets on nice passes from her guards. The Cougars were also 6 for 8 from the free throw line. The Cougars will travel to Plumstead Christian School on Saturday after gaining their first win of the season. The Cougars earned their first win by a score of 44-12.
George School @ Plumstead Christian School—Saturday, December 8, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
On Saturday the Cougars traveled to Plumstead Christian School after defeating Princeton Day School the night before. The Cougars were a bit tired but still played at a high level. Sophomore Alexis Semidey-Martinez led all scorers with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Junior co-captain Alexandra Long dropped in two 3-pointers and tallied 8 points. Sophomores Kaliyah Myricks, along with Lauren Hanna and senior Jennifer McArthur contributed 6 and 5 points respectively. The underclassmen got more playing time again today and contributed in several ways. Junior Camille Mills scored her first basket of the season while grabbing two rebounds. Freshman Irion Thompson grabbed 3 rebounds and had 1 steal. The Cougars will travel to Philadelphia for their first league game on Tuesday; they will play Friends Select School.
George School @ Friends Select School—Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m.
The varsity girls headed to Philadelphia for their first league contest. The girls played a solid first half outscoring their hosts 19-6 in the first quarter. Sophomore Alexis Semidey Martinez was red hot scoring 11 points in the first quarter. Sophomore Kaliyah Myricks also came out quickly dropping 6 points in the first quarter. The Cougars were clearly in control and playing with confidence. However, we always have close games with Friends Select. In the second quarter, senior Courtney Heffelfinger opened the quarter with a three-pointer and senior Jennifer McArthur contributed a three of her own. The Cougars were rolling with a 10-8 second quarter. In the third quarter, everything turned upside down. The Cougars lost the quarter 17-13. The girls were not effective defensively and offensively we did not score the ball. Kaliyah was 3-4 from the free throw line and Alexis was 3-4 from the line. Jennifer contributed two baskets to keep the Cougars in the lead. In the fourth quarter, the defense didn't improve, although the team won the quarter 11-8. Kaliyah scored 6 points and finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Alexis finished with a career-high 22 points. Junior co-captain Alexandra Long contributed 8 assists, 4 blocks, and 2 steals. The Cougars are now 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the FSL.
George School @ Cristo Rey High School—Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 4:30 p.m.
George School @ Make-A-Wish Showcase (GS @ GA)—Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.
On Friday night, the varsity girls' team participated in the Make-A-Wish tournament. The girls played against the host team Germantown Academy, and we ran into a juggernaut of a team. They played the game with speed and precision and out-muscled their guests throughout the game. One bright spot was Alexis Semedy-Martinez '21 who had an impressive stretch in the second quarter when she made three baskets and then added a three pointer in the third to end the game with nine points, six rebounds, and a blocked shot. Co-captain Alexandra Long '20 led the team in scoring with eleven points with three long range shots and a put back offensive rebound. Alex also contributed three assists. Kaliyah Myricks '21 had five rebounds to go along with seven points.
George School @ Make-A-Wish Showcase (GS @ WPC)—Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m.
On Saturday night, the Cougars finished up their stint in the Make-A-Wish tournament at Germantown Academy with a game against Penn Charter. The Cougars struggled early with turnovers and allowed Penn Charter to open up a substantial lead going into halftime. In the first half, the Cougars could only muster eleven points against Penn Charter's twenty-seven points. Kaliyah Myricks '21 produced much of our offense in the first half. In the second half the girls played better, especially in the third quarter. Alexis Semidey-Martinez '21 got on a roll and rattled off all seven of her points for the game. She also contributed six rebounds and two assists, five of those rebounds coming in the second half of the game. The Cougars actually won the third quarter 14-13 and at one point got the deficit down to twelve. However, the Penn Charter girls held us off and captured the victory.
George School vs The Hun School of Princeton—Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
Heading into the break, the Cougars had their first home game of the season. The Hun Raiders came to visit and the hosts made the crowd happy with their play. Although we didn't score the ball in the first half particularly well, and ended the first quarter down by two points, we had plenty of shot opportunities. However, some encouraging pieces began to emerge. Sophomore Lauren Hanna dropped back to back three pointers in the second quarter. In the second quarter, the team rallied and scored fifteen points on the back of Lauren's three's and sophomore Kaliyah Myricks' trips to the free throw line. Senior Ashleigh Azan contributed a bucket and two rebounds. Senior Courtney Heffelifinger also found the shooting range just at the right time; Courtney canned two three pointers in the second half getting her in the scoring column and helping the team keep their lead. In the third, the hosts outscored their guests 11-6. Sophomore Alexis Semidey-Martinez scored a basket in each quarter and finished with ten points, four rebounds, and two steals. Senior Jennifer McArthur played particularly well with five rebounds, four points, two steals, and two hustle plays. Junior co-captain Alexandra Long navigated the offense and finished with two rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and two steals. This was definitely a team effort as everyone contributed in some way to the victory. This win sends the Cougars home 5-5 before the break.
George School vs Academy of the New Church—Tuesday, January 8, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
The varsity girls' team got back into action after three weeks away from the hardwood. The Cougars played very well as a team and shared the ball from the beginning to the end. In the first quarter, sophomore Kaliyah Myricks got the game started with strong play around the rim. She dropped in eight points to help the team get out to a lead. Sophomore Alexis Martinez also came out of the gate strong and dropped in consecutive two pointers and later a three-pointer. Junior co-captain Alexandra Long and senior Jennifer McArthur scored on fast-breaks. At the end of the first quarter, the home team was up 23-1. In the second quarter, the Cougars continued their strong shooting. Kaliyah scored two more baskets and senior Courtney Heffelfinger drained a three-pointer. Also in the quarter, sophomore Lauren Hanna canned a three and gave the Cougars at 15-9 edge in the quarter. At the half, the home team led 38-10. In the second half, sophomore Aqua Withers-Carello took up the mantle on the offensive end of the floor; she scored seven points in the fourth quarter. Senior co-captain Claryn Troup contributed a season-high six points and tossed in two steals. Jennifer contributed three assists and three rebounds while Kaliyah had six rebounds, six steals, and a blocked shot. Alexandra led the team with ten assists, two blocks, and only one turnover. Senior Ashleigh Azan scored three points, dropping in a lay-up and a free throw. Overall, the team played incredibly strong defense holding ANC to single digits in each quarter except the last. Nonetheless, the Cougars improved to 6-5 on the season and 2-0 in the FSL. Tomorrow the team travels to Abington Friends for another league game.
George School @ Abington Friends School—Wednesday, January 9, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.
The varsity girls' team traveled to Manor College to take on Abington Friends School. The girls played very well yesterday and brought that same energy with them on the bus ride over. When the game started, the Cougars did a nice job defensively holding AFS to only seven points in the first quarter. On the offensive side, the girls passed the ball well and took a lead 8-7 going into the second stanza. Sophomore Kaliyah Myricks continued her stellar play and got to the free throw line. Senior Jennifer McArthur opened the game with a jumper, while senior Ashleigh Azan dropped in a beautiful bank shot off a tremendous assist. In the second quarter, sophomore Lauren Hanna got the quarter started with a long three-pointer when she spotted up in the corner. The hosts began to pressure their guests and the girls handled the pressure well. In the second half, the visitors were determined to keep the game close. Jennifer made a three and Kaliyah scored ten of her game-high twenty. Sophomore Alexis Martinez also began to get it going when she canned a jumper on the base line and followed that up with another drive and runner on the base line. Kaliyah handled the boards for the Cougars; she pulled down sixteen rebounds to accompany her twenty points, three blocks, three assists, and six steals. Jennifer contributed ten points, adding two three-pointers for the second game in a row. Junior co-captain Alexandra Long handled the pressure from AFS well while adding seven assists and three steals to the effort.
The girls are 2-1 in the FSL and 6-6 overall. They play home on Saturday.
George School vs Sankofa Academy—Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.
George School hosted Sankofa Academy on Saturday in a non-league game. The Cougars were eager to get back on the court after their game on Wednesday. The team played very well and played together. On twenty made baskets, the Cougars had eighteen assists; junior co-captain Alexandra Long had five and senior Jennifer McArthur had four to go along with her six points. Defensively, the Cougars gathered twenty-six rebounds; sophomore Kaliyah Myricks had ten and senior co-captain Claryn Troup had five. Offensively, the team was led in scoring by sophomore Alexis Martinez who had fifteen points on seven for nine shooting. Kaliyah also had double-digit points with ten. She finished with a double-double in rebounding and scoring. Senior Courtney Heffelfinger was the long-range threat with three three-pointers. Junior Camille Mills scored her career high in points with four. One basket came off of a steal and put back right in front of the home team bench. Senior Ashleigh Azan scored four points for the Cougars. George School travels to Westtown for a league game on Tuesday.