Varsity Girls' Basketball

Coach Andrew Williams-Watson

To kick-off the 2021-22 season for Varsity Girls' Basketball, the team traveled to Highstown, NJ for the Peddie School Girls’ Tournament. We finished the tournament with an 0-3 record, but the girls fought extremely hard during each and every possession, and our very own Elise Bamforth (fifth form) earned All-Tournament honors. 

Next up was the Madeira tournament in McLean, VA. Our first game was a successful one. Many of our younger role players had the opportunity to showcase their hard work and played very well against a scrappy Madeira team. The second game was a hard fought back-and-forth contest, but we came up short by three points.

After that tournament our season became an episode of a series of unfortunate events.  Students were unable to return to campus until a couple of weeks into January due to COVID, and a handful of players couldn’t come back, which in turn made it possible for our mangers to lace ‘em up and play in the interim. Due to our continuity being disturbed and having our mangers joining the team, the rest of our remaining schedule was all about playing hard for 32 minutes and playing basketball the Saint James way. 

Our Most Improved Player, second former Payton Dotson, started the season at the end of the bench. With her resiliency and her commitment to getting better every day, she earned her way to the starting lineup. The Saints Athletic Award went third former Claire Barnes, a player who always found a way to bring her best no matter what obstacles were thrown her way. Our MVP, Elise Bamforth, was the heart and soul of the team, and she is someone who signifies what it means to be a leader on and off the court. 

This season was full of learning experiences, sacrifices, and player development. With so many key players returning next season, the future of the Saint James Girls’ Basketball team is a bright one.

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