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Basketball - Girls' Varsity

Record: 12-10

Overview

Overview

2015-16 Northeast 8 Finalists
2014-15 Northeast 8 Finalists
2012-13 New England Quarter-Finalists
2011-12 New England Quarter-Finalists
2010-11 New England Quarter-Finalists
2010-11 Founders' League Champion
2010-11 New England Quarter-Finalists

The Taft girls' varsity basketball program is one that reflects the culture of Taft more broadly; just as Taft seeks to educate the whole student in a caring environment, the girls' basketball coaches seek to help players develop their basketball skills and understanding within a strong and supportive team framework. While the team’s defenses and offenses vary from year to year based on the players' talents and experience, the common denominator is an emphasis on team defense and unselfish offense, as well as on playing hard, playing smart, and playing with honor.

Recent graduates still playing college ball are Morgan Manz (Quinnipiac University '17), Maggie O'Neil (Swarthmore College '17) and Rylie Mainville (Hamilton College '18).

Email Head Coach Jon Willson '82

Schedule

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Details Result Score Status
vs.
Kingswood Oxford School
Details Win 55-38
vs.
Pomfret School
Details Win 67-56
vs.
Northfield Mount Hermon School
All Day
Details Loss 37-41
All Day
Details Loss 31-68
vs.
Marianapolis Preparatory School
All Day
Details Loss 38-60
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Details Loss 41-42
vs.
Deerfield Academy
Details Win 47-29
vs.
Berkshire School
Details Loss 43-46
vs.
Kent School
Details Win 68-41
vs.
Loomis Chaffee School
Details Loss 36-71
vs.
Loomis Chaffee School
Details Loss 41-65
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Details Win 53-44
vs.
Convent of the Sacred Heart
Details Win 33-16
vs.
Kent School
Details Win 65-36
vs.
Westminster School
Details Win 62-28
vs.
Hotchkiss School
Details Win 64-32
vs.
Williston Northampton School
Details Win 55-52
vs.
Phillips Academy Andover
All Day
Details Loss 55-66
All Day
Details
vs.
Miss Porter's School
Home Details Win 62-52
vs.
Berkshire School
Berkshire School Away Details Loss 28-45
vs.
Hotchkiss School
Home Details Win 58-35
vs.
Marianapolis Preparatory School
Marianapolis Preparatory School Away Details Loss 56-72

Roster

Roster

# Name Position Class Hometown
Emilee Adami 2019 Southbury, CT
Karalyn Baird 2017 Johnsburg, IL
Samantha Chan 2018 Quarry Bay
Anna Csigirinszkij 2019 Budapest
Emily Drakeley 2017 Woodbury, CT
Tzu-Ruei Huang 2018 Hsinchu City
Kristin Manfreda 2018 Bethel, CT
Samantha Manfreda 2017 Bethel, CT
Margaret O'Leary 2019 Waterbury, CT
Lauren Pelosi 2018 Middlebury, CT
Kayla Robinson 2019 Bristol, CT
Jalissa Rodriguez 2017 Waterbury, CT
Morgan Sperry 2017 Woodbury, CT
Kaia Whiteley 2018 West Chatham, MA
Juliana Yamin 2018 Middlebury, CT

Coaches

Coaches

About Head Coach Jon Willson

Jon grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Pittsford, New York, and he is a Class of ’82 Taft alumnus. After graduating from Amherst, Jon taught at a large New York City magnet/public school for nine years while earning a master’s in history. He then returned to Watertown in 1996. He has been CPT dormitory head, upper middle class dean, history department chair, and dean of academic affairs from 2007–15. He was also head coach of girls’ varsity basketball from 2001–15­. Following a sabbatical during the 2015–16 academic year, Jon rejoined the faculty as director of the Moorhead Academic Center, expanding its mission to include more extensive work with faculty on pedagogy and assessment and with students on working not necessarily harder, but smarter. Jon and his wife, Sarah Albee, a freelance children’s book writer, raised their three children at Taft.

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Record

Record

Year Record Year Record
2006-0715-72007-0810-10
2008-099-112009-1010-12
2010-11 20-3
2011-12 16-7
2012-13 12-9 2013-14 10-12
2014-15 15-9
2015-16 14-9

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