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JVGB vs. Phillips Exeter Academy: CA 11; Exeter 20

Philips Exeter Academy - 20
Cushing Academy - 11

The Cushing JV Girls’ Basketball team loaded the bus on Wednesday afternoon for the first away game of the season as they traveled to Phillips Exeter Academy. The day was marked by aggressive defense and huge improvements over last year’s match. Despite losing 11-20, the team almost doubled their scoring output from last year while holding Exeter to fewer than half the points allowed in the previous meeting. 

The Penguins set the tempo with high energy defense and Exeter responded by pushing their fast break opportunities and dominating both the offensive and defensive boards in the first half. The offensive effort for Cushing was a bit chaotic in the first half with a shot by Manisah Islam falling in the final minute to bring the halftime score to 4-8 in favor of Exeter. 

The second half brought a shift in rebounding, as Cushing committed to stronger boxing out and a more aggressive mentality. Allison Green and Alicia Martin Kato led the way with four rebounds each while Rosie Xu and Sylvia Ding both grabbed two each. Maintaining their defensive pressure while settling in a bit on offense, Cushing put together a strong second half but was unable to keep up with the athleticism and speed of their opponent. Exeter emerged with the victory, but Cushing left the court with a great deal of pride in putting together a full 32-minutes of tough basketball.

The Penguins will host Williston Northampton on Saturday, Jan 12th in Heslin Gym. Game time is set for 1:00pm. 


Season Record: 1-2

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.