Led by the most dominant player ever to don a Cougar uniform, the Country Day girls won their first Lancaster-Lebanon League section title, earned a District 3 playoff berth, and made the L-L Final 4 in a season of historic triumph.
Senior Ashanti Duncan became Country Day’s all-time leading scorer in their semifinal loss to Lancaster Catholic Tuesday night, topping the record previously help by Sydney Fasulo ’05.
Boasting four double-digit-average scorers in the starting five of Duncan, Genesis Meadows, Kaela Stankiewicz, Annabelle Copeland, and Anna Sotirescu, the team also has two 1,000-point career scorers in Duncan and Copeland.
The Cougars started out winning 18 straight, before a Copeland injury sidelined her for two games. Country Day finished the regular season 18-2 overall and 9-1 in the L-L League, Section 5. Their season continues at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at home when they host the winner of the Veritas-Lititz Christian game in the PIAA District 3 quarterfinals.
“This season has been amazing,” said Head Coach Hilary Waltman. “I think a lot of the reason we’ve been so successful comes down to the leadership of our seniors. There’s a maturity there, and a trust between the players and coaches that lifts the whole team up.”
While the girls balanced each regular season loss with nine wins, Waltman’s message to the team has stayed the same: “As long as you put in a great effort, you can be proud, win or lose.”