Sending two skiers to the Eastern High School Championships in New Hampshire was icing on the cake for Big Blue's ski racing team.
It was a lightening finish to the end of the season for the Girls' Varsity Basketball Team (18-9), which, despite losing to Pennington (62-49) in the finals of the Prep A Tournament on February 27, can still celebrate a definitively winning season, one of the strongest in the program's recent history.
After defeating Somerset Tech (75-31) and Somerville (47-42) to advance to the quarterfinals of the Somerset County Tournament—also their best showing in years (they fell to Rutgers Prep, ranked #4 in NJ.com's Top 20, in the quarterfinals)—they headed into the Prep Tournament with the same momentum. As the fourth seed, it was their first time advancing to the Prep finals in Head Coach Courtney Tierney's six-year tenure at Pingry, and they edged out seven-time defending champion and top-seeded Blair Academy in the semifinals (54-52) to do so.
To review their stellar season, look back at NJ.com's article in January, which lauded Big Blue for raising its level of play more than any other team in the Skyland Conference this season. Senior co-captain Megan Horn '19, who reached 1,000 points last year as a junior, and freshmen Alyson Feeley and Olivia Volpe were all cited as standout players, supported by a dynamic team. Also cited as key to the team's success was "the emergence" of sophomore Kelsey Ransom, who came within 50 points of surpassing 1,000 points herself.
Congratulations, Big Blue!
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