ConVal honors Unified Basketball seniors

Graduating seniors Jack Ingram, Kalena Cooper and Aiden Demetrion lead the team crashing through the banner for senior night.

Graduating seniors Jack Ingram, Kalena Cooper and Aiden Demetrion lead the team crashing through the banner for senior night. PHOTO BY MIKE MUNHALL

Eve Antonellis aims for the hoop.

Eve Antonellis aims for the hoop. PHOTO BY MIKE MUNHALL

RJ Woodin shoots for two.

RJ Woodin shoots for two. PHOTO BY MIKE MUNHALL

Mariah Woodhouse celebrates the last of her five baskets.

Mariah Woodhouse celebrates the last of her five baskets. PHOTO BY MIKE MUNHALL

 C.J. Anderson leads a fast break that results in two points.

 C.J. Anderson leads a fast break that results in two points. PHOTO BY MIKE MUNHALL

Kai Reitenauer passes the ball to Mary Quintanilha, who goes in for two of her 14 points.

Kai Reitenauer passes the ball to Mary Quintanilha, who goes in for two of her 14 points. PHOTO BY MIKE MUNHALL

By MIKE MUNHALL

For the Ledger-Transcript

Published: 02-06-2024 9:02 AM

Modified: 02-06-2024 9:23 AM


The ConVal Cougars Unified Basketball team took the floor Thursday evening to celebrate their graduating seniors and take on the team from Souhegan.

Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by the principle of training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. Graduating seniors Jack Ingram, Kalena Cooper and Aiden Demetrion were honored for their years of playing, along with playing partners Emma Rodenhiser and Abigail Lussier. The team also includes partner athletes Ivy Armstrong-McEvoy, Grace O’Brien, Kai Reitnauer, Kendrick Edwards, and Dylan Farrell.

From the opening jump, the Cougars jumped ahead, getting five baskets in the first quarter compared to Souhegan’s two. The team worked smoothly, with partner athletes often passing the ball to the shooters who then scored. The Cougars also played tough defense, including C.J. Anderson making a couple steals and fast breaks.

The spread in the score kept growing each quarter, with the final score being ConVal 52, Souhegan 22. Mary Quintanilha was the high scorer with 14 points. Mariah Woodhouse had 10, RJ Woodin eight, Ingram six, Demetrion six, Eve Antonellis four and Anderson four. Kalena Cooper, Darcy Taylor and Noah Cooper were also in the mix throughout the game.

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