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VGB vs. Miss Porter's School: CA 30; Miss Porter's 49

Miss Porter’s School – 49
Cushing Academy – 30
 
 
The Cushing Varsity Girls’ Basketball team kicked off the 2019 calendar year with a tough home loss against a tall and talented team from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT.  Cushing fell behind right out of the gates, but the team captains fought back to tie the game at 5-5 thanks to a nice baseline drive by Jalynd McDonald and a three from Mollee Malboeuf.  The momentum gained from tying the score was squelched just as quickly though as Porter’s went on an 8-0 run.  Lily Stone added a freethrow followed by Malboeuf connecting from deep again to make it a 9-15 game just over the ten-minute mark.  Miss Porter’s would put up four more points before Cushing’s defense locked down, holding them to just three points the remainder of the half (nearly nine minutes!).  Stone hit a three of her own, and then Malboeuf sank a pair of freethrows to make it a 17-19 game with 4:15 left in the half.  Erin Montigny hit a three off a beautiful skip pass from her sister Kate Montigny and it brought Cushing all the way back to a halftime score of 20-22.
 
Unfortunately, the opening minutes of the second half did not go according to plans.  Cushing’s defense continued to limit scoring opportunities for Miss Porter’s, but the offense ran dry with only four field goals coming the entire second half: a drive from K. Montigny, a floater from McDonald, a three from K. Montigny, and then a final three from E. MOntigny.  In spite of everything, E. Montigny’s three kept it a nine-point game with 3:33 to go, but that would be the closest the score would get. The remainder of the second half was marred by foul trouble for the Montigny sisters and a 10-0 Miss Porter’s spurt to close the game.
 
All players saw time on the floor down the stretch and the scoring was very even. Battling through illness, Mollee had the game high for Cushing with 8 points to go along with 2 blocks, 2 steals, an assist, and a rebound.  McDonald was right behind her with 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals.  E. Montigny finished with 6 points and 2 rebounds.  K. Montigy was the leading rebounder with 6 boards while also tallying 5 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block.  Stone had 4 points, a rebound, and a steal.  Erin Rutherford played well by doing all the little things that don’t end up in the stats although she officially did record Cushing’s only two offensive rebounds and an assist!  To round it out, Aaliyah Simons played productive minutes that were needed to keep the game tight for as long as it was.
 
Thank you to all the fans who came out to support the team! Next up for the team is a trip to Phillips Exeter Academy this coming Wednesday, Jan. 9th at 3:30pm.
 
 
Season Record: 1-4
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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.

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