Vermont Academy's magical journey came to a championship conclusion on Sunday (March 5) at the Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut.
Witnessing our GVBB basketball program hoist the Championship trophy was an exhilarating experience that won't soon be forgotten. Our universal feeling on campus is that this triumphant ending was well deserved.
Vermont Academy's willingness to play together made this team aesthetically pleasing, all year long. Vermont Academy (20-6) dominated the competition in 2016-2017 and the final result was a championship trophy for Coach Karen Henry and her dedicated group. The journey through the tournament was an emphatic campaign for the Orange and Black. In the Quarterfinals, the Wildcats took down Boston Trinity Academy by an astonishing score of 85-12. In the Semifinals, Vermont Academy kept their foot on the gas pedal and downed Christian Heritage School 77-6. In the Championship game, Vermont Academy displayed true basketball superiority by blitzing Southfield School 39-9 in the first half. The Wildcats never looked back and cruised to 67-20 victory. Coach Karen Henry and her squad overwhelmed opponents with a fun brand of basketball that included stifling full court defensive pressure and a commitment to sharing the sugar on the offensive end. On a team full of talented student-athletes, Leandra Echi '17 shined the brightest. Her play in the month of March was incomparable, and the culmination was Echi '17 being named NEPSAC Most Valuable Player after the championship win.
The momentum of the GVBB program is extraordinary, and it's impossible to ignore the fact that Coach Henry only graduates two student-athletes. Wildcat Nation anticipates a strong future for the program, and in the meantime, the community is beyond proud of what was accomplished this season. Go VA!