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After winning Preps and the Non-Public A Championships last year, among many other accomplishments, Big Blue returns one of its strongest teams in recent history, and looks to once again advance to the Meet of Champions.

Led by captains Josie Jahng '19, Margot Present '19, and Avery Didden '19, this season's team is seven seniors strong and looking to improve upon their winning record last year.

Girls' Varsity Basketball Raises the Bar
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"The landscape of the Skyland Conference Valley Division has certainly changed since last season, and no team has raised its level of play more than the Pingry School's girls basketball team," wrote NJ.com reporter, Simeon Pincus last month. Indeed, Big Blue (11-6) is off to one of their strongest starts in recent history.

At the Len Sepanak Tournament over Winter Break, they showed their promise, earning wins over Union and Edison. They also clinched a 68-63 win over defending conference and State North 2 Group III Champion Somerville on January 11. Other victories include games against Voorhees, Mount St. Mary, Peddie, Somerville, Warren Hills, North Plainfield, and Hillsborough.

Most impressive, Pincus points out, is that, for a program that hasn't finished more than a game over .500 in seven years—and had just one winning season in that span, 13-12 three years ago—it has followed back-to-back 13-13 seasons. Given their performance so far this winter, Big Blue is on target for a winning season.

Their success is a true team effort, with powerhouse guards Kelsey Ransom '20 and captain Megan Horn '18 leading the charge, as well as forward Alyson Feeley '20 and freshman guard Olivia Volpe. Contributions from Hope Maultsby '21 and senior leaders Ally Pyne and Alexis Kinney have also been impactful.

"I think they're one of the most exciting teams to watch on campus," says Athletic Director Carter Abbott. "They are a very athletic, run-and-gun kind of team. They make mistakes but they get the ball back—if you're going to make 20 mistakes you need 50 possessions, and they get 50 possessions. They just go, and it's so fun to watch."

Read the article to hear more from Megan and Kelsey about the team's dynamics and progress.

The first round of the Prep Tournament is scheduled for February 13, with the first round of the Somerset County Tournament set for February 15.

"This team is such a tough and hard-working group. The intensity with which they play is very difficult to maintain, but they hustle non-stop, work extremely hard on defense to create steals, and run the floor together extremely well," says Head Coach Courtney Tierney. "They are a fun group to coach, and I am so proud of the determination and heart they have showed. We are looking forward to the Prep and county tournaments. We are continuing to improve and looking to make a strong run in both." 

Go Big Blue!

Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer, adawson@pingry.org