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  • Basketball - Girls Varsity

    2018 - 2019

    Welcome to The Gunnery Girls Basketball Program.  The Gunnery has maintained a girls’ basketball program since becoming coed in 1978. We are a member of Class D within NEPSWBCA (based on the size of our female population).  Our program consists of a JV and Varsity team and can accommodate athletes at all levels. The program places an emphasis on skill development, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.  Our teams play competitive schedules with opponents including Canterbury, Miss Hall's, Cheshire, KLHT, Chase, Harvey, Stoneleigh-Burnham, Westover, and Millbrook. The Gunnery Varsity Girls Basketball team took its first trip to the Class D New England tournament in 2016 and are eager to get back!
     
    Our Philosophy
    At the Varsity level, a competitive schedule challenges the team to work together and push one another both in games and practices. Teamwork is at the core of the program and is emphasized both on and off the court. As a team we strive to improve both as individuals and as a team, working to build our success over the course of the season.  Hard work and respect for the game are at important parts of every moment we set foot on the court. The average week consists of four (100 minute) practices and two games. Players often live, eat, and go to class together on a daily basis. The team aspect is natural during the winter term, and these players demonstrate that both on and off the court.
     
    Contact Us
    Should you have any questions about the basketball program please feel free to contact us at The Gunnery.

    Head Coach: Amy Paulekas
    (860) 350-0128 - paulekasa@gunnery.org
     
    Assistant Coach: Jess Matthews
    860-350-0108 - matthewsj@gunnery.org

    About Our Coaches
    A native of Glastonbury, Connecticut, Amy Paulekas joined the Highlander staff in 2011. Amy began as an assistant coach for Gunnery Varsity Girls Basketball in 2012, taking over as head coach at the start of the 2016-17 season. A collegiate rower at Colby College, Amy participated in many sports throughout her high school athletic career including basketball, lacrosse, track, and field hockey. Amy has coached crew, lacrosse, and field hockey in addition to basketball in her time at The Gunnery.  When not on the court, Amy works as the Assistant Academic Dean and a mathematics teacher at The Gunnery.
     
    Growing up in Rochester, Vermont, Jess Matthews played basketball for her school and AAU teams from November until August. Jess joined the Highlander staff in 2016 as the assistant coach. In addition to playing soccer and basketball through high school, Jess has completed 2 marathons and is an avid fan of The Bar Method. When not on the court, Jess is the Dean of Students and teaches the Spirit of New England and ethics.    
     
    2018 Post-Season Award Winners
    Marley Berano '20 - NEPSWBCA All-Star
     
    2017 Post-Season Award Winners
    Colleen Worgan '19 - NEPSWBCA All-Star

    2016 Post-Season Award Winners
    Reilly Haskins '16 - NEPSWBCA All-Star
    Colleen Worgan '19 - NEPSWBCA All-Star
     
    2015 Post-Season Award Winners
    Virginia Dodenhoff '15 - NEPSWBCA All-Star

Team Schedule

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Scrimmage
League
vs.
Canterbury School
Loss 42-43
@ Canterbury School
Away
League
vs.
Darrow School
Win 63-30
@ Darrow School
Away
League
vs.
Master’s School (Simsbury)
Win 52-31
@ Master’s School (Simsbury)
Home
League
vs.
Westover School
Loss 44-54
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Away
League
vs.
Canterbury School
Loss 42-43
@ Canterbury School
Home
League
vs.
Cheshire Academy
Loss 20-55
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Away
League
vs.
Wooster School
Loss 33-49
@ Wooster School
Home
Rescheduled
League
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Home
League
vs.
Harvey School
Win 64-54
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Away
Rescheduled
League
vs.
Christian Heritage School
Loss 37-53
@ Christian Heritage School
Away
League
vs.
Millbrook School
Loss 24-52
@ Millbrook School
Home
League
vs.
King
Win 44-39
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Home
League
vs.
Canterbury School
Win 57-44
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Home
League
vs.
Storm King School
Win 52-30
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Home
League
vs.
Millbrook School
Loss 49-63
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Home
League
vs.
Chase Collegiate School
Loss 43-47
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Away
League
vs.
Forman School
Win 62-25
@ Forman School
Home
Rescheduled
League
vs.
Marvelwood School
Win 63-44
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Home
League
vs.
Miss Hall’s School
Loss 42-48
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Away
League
vs.
Christian Heritage School
Loss 37-53
@ Christian Heritage School
Away
Rescheduled
League
vs.
Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Win 47-21
@ Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Away
League
vs.
Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Win 47-21
@ Stoneleigh-Burnham School
Home
League
vs.
Marvelwood School
Win 63-44
@ Memorial - Upper Gym - U Gym
Home
Playoff

Playoffs

League
vs.
Vermont Academy
@ Vermont Academy

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List of 10 news stories.

  • Gunnery Pulls Away After Slow Start

    A tenacious Storm King team, caught the Gunnery Highlanders off guard, pushing the tempo and getting hands in passing lanes. The first half was a tight battle with Gunnery only leading by 4 at the half. The second half was all Gunnery. The Highlanders came out of the halftime with new found energy and got right to work. They found their momentum and never looked back. Gunnery was lead by Lenaijah Ferguson (16 points) and Remay Pemba (11 points). Junior Zhanara Ray Tunis, brought a great spark off the bench and scored her first point of the season on a foul shot late in the game.
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  • Big Highlander Win over the Canterbury Saints!

    The Highlanders took the lead early in a tight game and never looked back. This was the third meeting of these teams, including a preseason scrimmage and a 1 point loss early in January. Matching up against a team that knows you well is a difficult task, but The Gunnery came out ready to play.
    The Gunnery pushed Canterbury to make difficult decisions in the first half, with their press forcing a number of wild passes resulting in Canterbury turnovers. Lenaijah Ferguson was particularly active on the press, reading and anticipating the pass, resulting in several steals that created additional scoring opportunities for the Highlanders. The Gunnery pushed hard for the first 16 minutes going into the half with a 10 point lead. Paced by junior Grace McEneaney who scored all of her 7 points in the first half, including her first ever three pointer.
    The second half started with a 9-0 run by the Canterbury Saints. After some time to regroup and adjust, the Highlanders worked their way back up to a double digit lead. Taking advantage of fast break opportunities and lots of fresh legs from the bench. Gianna Russillo and Grace McEneaney were particularly effective on the boards, collecting countless rebounds, limiting options for Canterbury. Teamwork was the ultimate victor in this game as 8 different Highlanders scored in the victory. The Highlanders were led a trio of juniors, Remay Pemba with 16 points, Marley Berano with 15 points, and Lenaijah Ferguson with 10 points.
    The Highlanders have a few days off before getting ready to face Storm King in their first February match up!
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  • Big Home Win for the Highlanders

    The Gunnery Highlanders won a great game at home.  After a tough start, going down 0-5 in the early minutes of the game, Gunnery took over, taking the lead just after tying it 17-17.  From then on, Gunnery didn't look back.  The Highlanders had 8 different scorers contributing today.  Remay Pemba led the way with 15 points, taking advantage of a number of fast break opportunities.  Grace McEneaney had a break out game, in just her third game returning from an injury, Grace took advantage of a height mismatch scoring 12 points in the paint.  Rounding out the scoring were, Layla Walcott (10 points), Lenaijah Ferguson (10 points), Marley Berano (9 points), Gianna Russillo (6 points), and Cailin Kessman (2 points).  
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  • Gunnery Comes out on Top after a Tough Battle

    The Highlanders battled from start to finish against an aggressive King team.  Gunnery was challenged at both ends of the court.  A fast paced, back and forth battle was evident from the opening minutes.  With only a 3 point lead at the half, Gunnery dug deep to work as a team, maintain control of the game.  The score flip flopped repeatedly in the second half, forcing both teams to adjust constantly.  This was a true team effort with 7 different scorers.  

    Sophomore Ana Thompson entered the game midway through the second half and sparked the comeback energy the Highlanders needed.  Ana played composed and smart, capitalizing on open spaces and connecting for 6 points late in the game.  Post players Layla Walcott and Lenaijah Ferguson, pulled down countless rebounds as well as scoring 12 and 10 points respectively.  Crisp passing and patience helped The Gunnery to find the basket in key moments today.  Rounding out the scoring for the Highlanders, Marley Berano (6 points), Remay Pemba (6 points), Cailin Kessman (2 points), and Grace McEneaney (2 points).  
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  • Tight Game Down to the Buzzer

    Gunnery lost a one point thriller to Canterbury. In their first game of 2019, the Highlanders came out strong, battling for every ball. The game was back and forth, though Gunnery fell behind 5 with under 2 minutes to play. Gunnery put up a 3 to tie the game with second left of the clock. Unfortunately, it missed, though the rebound by Gianna Russillo was put back up to put the Highlanders back 1 with 3 seconds to play. Gianna then trapped the Canterbury girl in the corner on the in bounds, but time ran out before Gunnery had a chance to steal. The game saw scoring contributions from 6 girls. The team was led by Remay Pemba with 17 points, Gianna Russillo with 9 points, and Layla Walcott with 7 points.
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  • Tough Loss

    Gunnery suffered its first big loss of the season against a tenacious Cheshire team.  Gunnery was led by Gianna Russillo with 6 points and Lenaijah Ferguson with 8 points (including a buzzer beater 3 at the half!).
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  • Gunnery Fights to the Last Second

    Gunnery girls basketball was back in action on Saturday, facing the Canterbury Saints.  The first game of 2019 was a back and forth battle.  Gunnery saw offensive contributions from 6 different players.  Remay Pemba led the team with 17 points, followed by Gianna Russillo (9 points) and Layla Walcott (7 points) who stepped up big time on both ends of the court.  Senior captain Jean Fang hit her first three pointer of the season.  While the Highlanders eventually fell short by one point, it was a well played game all around.  

    The Highlanders are back in action on Wednesday against Cheshire Academy.
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  • Tough Second Half Leads to Gunnery's First Loss

    The Highlanders came out strong against an athletic Westover team.  Building a lead of 12 at one point in the first half, Gunnery looked to be capitalizing on opportunities.  Unfortunately, Westover's defense proved tenacious in the second half, leading to a number of steals.  Defensively, Gunnery played well, limiting shot opportunities during settled defense, and running Westover short on the shot clock.  Leading the way for the Highlanders in scoring continued to be Remay Pemba (13 points), Marley Berano (12 points), and Lenaijah Ferguson (12 points).  All six Gunnery players who saw time in the game recorded points including Cailin Kessman, Jean Fang, and Gianna Russillo.  

    The Highlanders head on break for the holiday with Canterbury set in their sights.  They return to action Saturday, January 5th against the Saints.
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  • Teamwork Pays Off in Win

    After a slow start, Gunnery took advantage of their speed and teamwork to make a huge 23-0 run to end the first half.  Teamwork and communication were key factors in the run.  Defensively, the Highlanders worked together to eliminate passing options and limit Masters' ability to get the ball over half court, resulting in a couple back court 10 second violations.  On the press junior Cailin Kessman did an incerdible job reading and completing the trap with junior Marley Berano.  

    Masters chose to closely face guard Berano, some strategic positioning by Berano allowed the remaining Highlanders to spread the court and take advantage of size mismatches, essentially playing 4 v 4 on offense.  Gianna Russillo was particularly frustrating to the Masters defense as she read opportunities well, and  found her teammates with well placed passes.  Pushing the pace of the game, Gunnery was able to tire out the Masters guards, creating additional offensive opportunities.  Seven Gunnery players scored in the victory, led by three players in double figures; Lenaijah Ferguson (17 points), Remay Pemba (15 points), and Marley Berano (10 points).  Also contributing to the scoring was Gianna Russillo, Layla Walcott, Jean Fang, and Cailin Kessman.

    The Highlanders are looking forward to their home opener on Wednesday afternoon against Westover.
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  • Gunnery Opens the Season with a Win!

    The Gunnery girls went on the road to open the season at Darrow. After some tense moments early in the game, the Highlanders were able to settle in and play their game. The team was led by Pemba '20 (24 points), Ferguson '20 (16 points), and Berano '20 (13 points). Defensively, Fang' 19 demonstrated some incredible footwork, eliminating options for the Darrow attack. The team comes off the win with great energy, ready to build from here. The Highlanders are on the road again Saturday to take on The Masters School.
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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.