The Loomis Chaffee girls basketball team is in a groove this season. The team’s record currently sits at 13-3, and the Pelicans have lost only one game since December 17.
The team is also the defending New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Class A champion, which comes with expectations; however, the Pelicans have lived up to those expectations so far this season.
When head coach Adrian Stewart ’90 talks about the team, he doesn’t discuss how good the team’s shooters are or how well they rebound, he talks about how tight-knit the group is. “We are truly a team,” Adrian said. “The girls care so much about each other and treat each other extremely well. Basketball is a sport that can often focus on individual talents, but that is not the case with us.”
When you trust your teammates, it often equates to success on the court, which has been the case with these Pelicans this year.
Another key component of their success is the competition the girls experience within the team, day in and day out. “Our practices are structured to be harder than our games,” Adrian said. “This makes it so our transition to games is seamless because we know how to show up and compete every night, no matter what.”
The team is never satisfied and aims for perfection. Coach Stewart reiterates to his team every day that no matter how much they win or lose, the team must always “stay hungry.”
Even with all the competition, the athletes find time to have fun and appreciate each other. A case in point: the bus ride back from the team’s most recent away game.
The girls just started telling each other what they appreciated about one another. Unplanned, unprompted, simply being kind to each other because that’s just how they are.
“I have never seen anything like that before,” Coach Stewart said. It’s safe to say that no matter how the rest of the season unfolds, these girls have each other’s backs.
The team is back on the court on Wednesday, January 31, when they will take on the Tilton School on the road at 6:30 p.m.