Published DateThe Tilton School varsity girls' basketball team captured the NEPSAC Class B Championship on Sunday afternoon, with a 49-41 win over Pomfret School. It's the Rams' second championship in four years, and the first since the team moved to Class B at the start of the 2011-2012 season.
The Rams found themselves trailing at halftime for the second consecutive game. Behind 22-19, Tilton was led by postgraduate and co-captain Abby Iannotti (North Bennington, Vt.) with seven points and five rebounds. Ianotti finished the game with 15 points and 12 rebounds for her eleventh double-double of the season.
Tilton came out of the locker room storming, led by senior co-captain Alex Cohen (Nashua, N.H.) and the tournament MVP, junior Maureen Taggart (Mill River, Vt.) Cohen finished with 11 points, including two key threes to start a 9-0 run and give the Rams the momentum they needed to finish. Taggart, who hit three, three-point shots in the second, finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds.
"At this point I've had no better moment in my coaching career," said fourth-year head coach Tara Brisson. "I'm unbelievably proud of the toughness and determination that this squad showed on a daily basis. After graduating last year's starting lineup, I was unsure of who would step-up this season. And while this group may have been doubted early on, they consistently rose to every challenge this year. Besides being NEPSAC champions and talented basketball players, they are just outstanding kids. We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish."
Tilton, who had been led throughout its 24-3 season by a balanced scoring attack, also received contributions from sophomore Giulia Orlando (Georgetown, Mass.) (10 points, six rebounds, 5 assists), and junior Jillian Fama (Lynnfield, Mass.) (5 points, 5 rebounds). Juniors Kelsey Brown (Barrington, N.H.) and Cori Marshall (Toronto, Canada) added valuable minutes off the bench for Tilton.
The Rams finish the season at 24-3, as Lakes Region Champions for the fourth consecutive season and as NEPSAC Class B Champions. They will lose six seniors to graduation: Ianotti, Cochen, four-year team member Mackenzie Gaudet (Concord, N.H.), four-year team member Taylor Cavanaugh (Tilton, N.H.), Olivia Abry (Boston, Mass.) and Sarah Morrissette (Laconia, N.H.)
Tilton will return three starters from this year's championship team, who will be eying a fifth consecutive trip to the championship game next year.