Wyvern Sports Wraps - Jan. 31, 2019

Basketball
The Varsity Girls’ Basketball team lost to Westminster 34-37 on Jan. 25. The team played their hearts out against Westminster on Friday night. KO was down by 10 points going into the second half but that did not stop the Wyverns. They came out determined and ready to play. Tough defense was led by Madi Henry ’19, Charlotte Cyr ’19 and Megan Murphy ’22 who caused many turnovers with their full-court pressure and trapping. Angelina Maselli ’20 and Jane Dunbar ’19 were offensive threats contributing 12 points and six points, respectively, which helped bring KO back into the game. Natalia Correa ’22 hit an important three-pointer, which brought KO within only one point with three minutes left of the game. The girls continued to work hard and fight for every loose ball till the final buzzer.

The JV Boys’ Basketball team won 48-32 against The Gunnery on Jan. 26. KO won the home and away series against this opponent. The Wyverns got off to a great start in the first half and continued their successful play throughout the second half. KO got contributions from all players that led to the success of the team. Nate Capodice ’21 and Jeff Davis ’21 led the scoring with nine and eight points. Jacob Schwartz ’21, Wes Pierce ’20 and Jack Kinney ’21 contributed to the scoring with six points apiece. John Doar ’20, Jack Risley ’20, Chris Sienko ’21, Ian Givens ’21, and Dylan Swift ’22 did a great job running the offense for the Wyverns.

The Varsity Girls’ Basketball team lost to Miss Porters 26-58 on Jan. 28. The team did a great job working together and making strong passes to one another for open shots. Strong performances were had by Angelina Maselli '20 and Jane Dunbar '19, who contributed eight points and five points respectively. Megan Murphy '22 did a great job on the defensive end putting pressure on the opponents and provided four points for KO.

The JV Girls' Basketball team lost to Miss Porter’s on Jan. 28 with a score of 17-43. With a six-point lead at half time, KO went on a 14 point run to open the second half, due to well-played defensive pressure. In the process, all eight players who were dressed for the game scored points as the ball and scoring opportunities were shared with all. Brienna Toedt '21 had two three-pointers and scored eight total points. Julia Kanaan '20, always a stalwart on defense, made her first basket of the season.

The Girls’ Basketball B team lost 17-28 against Ethel Walker on Jan. 23. The girls found their stride in the second half of the game and played with heart and drive. They adjusted defenses and offenses in response to a larger more experienced team. Claire Mastella ‘25 and Jillian Alexander ‘24 were steady in the paint and made some big moves both offensively and defensively. Hana Haxhaj ‘24 was a top rebounder. Macey Kotowitz ‘25 and Margaret Miller ‘25 did an excellent job leading the team at the point. Madison Bromberg ‘24 and Kelly Stepnowski ‘24 both had four points, our leading scorers. Miller made a foul shot to energize the team, while Addisen Nicholson ‘25 attempted to drive to the hoop which helped the team play more aggressively. Ava Cashman ‘24 and Sophia Radmonovish ‘24 improved both their defense and offense immensely as they are gaining experience in game situations. Madi Oh ‘23 provided great experience as the only Form 2 player which was much needed on the court as she gave the team calm determination.

The Varsity Boys’ Hockey team won 5-2 against South Kent on Jan. 26. Keifer Jaffe ‘21 opened the scoring for KO early in the first period, beating the South Kent goalie stick side on a pass from Garth Swanson ‘19. KO would go on to score again moments later when Garth Swanson ‘19 would field Karstian Lang ‘20 in front to go up 2-0. KO would score two more goals in the first period from Michael Autorino ‘19 and Kyle Frankel ‘21, both assisted by Lang, to give KO a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period. South Kent would get on the board quickly in the second period, however, KO would go on to score four unanswered goals in the period by Mitchell Autorino ‘21, Sean Gilland ‘22, Lang and Garth Swanson ‘19. KO allowed one goal in the third period but would go on to win the game 8-2. Abby McLaughlin ‘22 played her first hockey game for KO and did a terrific job on the wing. John McLaughlin ‘20 and Gabby Abramson ‘22 combined for the KO win in goal.

The Varsity Girls’ Squash team lost 1-6 against Taft on Jan. 26. The Wyverns went into this match knowing it would be a challenge for them, and despite the final score, they showed their ability to compete diligently despite a difficult match-up. Claudia Petrie '19 kept focused on her personal goal of effectively moving her opponent around the court, and she accomplished that to win 3-1 convincingly in the number four spot. Amelia Levine '20 brought her opponent into the fourth game with her quick court movement and precise drop shots. Sloan Duvall '21 showed her adaptability by developing a stronger serve within the course of a single match.

The JV Girls’ Squash team lost 0-7 against Taft on Jan. 26. The Wyverns had a difficult match against Taft, and many players were playing in new positions on the ladder based on recent challenge matches with their teammates. Co-captains Sophia Kaufman '20 and Anusha Memon '20 led by example, challenging their opponents with a determination that nearly brought their matches into deciding games in the number two and four spots, respectively. Macy Isenberg '22 turned a struggle in her first game into intensely competitive second and third games, showing her perseverance in the number seven spot.

The Varsity Girls’ Swimming & Diving team swam against Canterbury on Jan. 19. The girls brought their A game, winning almost every individual event and winning two out of the three relays. Many of the girls stepped up including Lily Liu '22 who came in first in her debut of the 100-yard breaststroke. In the Girls’ 200-yard Medley Relay, Allie Wildstein ‘22, Ahana Nagarkatti ‘21, Risha Ranjan ‘21, and Maggie Dwyer ‘23 placed first with a finishing time 2:11.91. Ranjan took first in the 200-yard Free, going 2:21.96 and Wildstein place first in the 200 IM in 2:31.50. Dwyer came in first in the 50 yard Free in a time of 28.41 and Helen Lu ‘19 and Jane Jiang ‘21 came in fifth and sixth respectively. In a close race, Dwyer came in second in the 100 Fly in a time of 1:11.33. Nagarkatti, Liu, and Liang had a great 100 Free coming in first, fifth, and sixth. Wildstein and Ranjan destroyed the 500 Free coming in first and second. At this point in the meet, the coaches and swimmers were very excited going into the last three events of the day. Nagarkatti had an outstanding 100 backstroke coming in at a time of 1:09.07. In a very important race, Liu and Lu swam some of their best breaststrokes all season coming in first and third to help the team earn some valuable points. For the last event of the day, Wildstein, Ranjan, Nagarkatti, and Dwyer swam an awesome 400 Free Relay in a time of 4:11.74 coming in first once again. The girls carried themselves very well and really showed up to compete! Well done Wyverns!

The Varsity Girls’ Swimming & Diving team swam against Williston on Jan. 26 and lost 67-97. The girls put forth great effort in all of their swims. There were many notable races. In the 200 Freestyle, Risha Ranjan ‘21 and Stella Risinger ‘22 came in second and third in a time of 2:22.40 and 2:28.19 respectably. Maggie Dwyer ‘23 placed second with a finishing time of 2:37.27. In the 50 Free, Esha Shrivastav ‘20 and Cai Kuivila ‘20 came in fourth and fifth respectively. In the 100 yard Freestyle, Dwyer and Sarah Cioffi ‘23 came in second and third in a time of 1:03.01 and 1:05.60. Ranjan came in first in the 500 Freestyle and Shrivastav came 6th in the same event. The girls came in third in the 200-Freestyle Relay. In the 100 Backstroke, Allie Wildstein ‘22 came in second in a time of 1:10.47. Lily Liu ‘22 and Serafina Squatrito ‘22 competed well in the 100 Breaststroke in a time of 1:36.38 and 1:39.36 respectably. It was an exciting meet and it was wonderful to see a couple girls get a season or personal best. Well done ladies!
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