They were two of the better girls basketball players in Berkshire County during their high school years. Now, Aliah Curry and Jill Ritrosky are two of the better women in New England.
Both have been named to the annual D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region team.
Curry, who was also named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference's postseason first team, is a junior guard at Norwich. Ritrosky, named to the Little East Conference's first team, finished her sophomore season at Eastern Connecticut.
Curry, a Windsor resident who played at Wahconah, had quite a season. In addition to her two honors, she is now her school's all-time leading women's basketball scorer with 1,671 points. If you ask Curry, she'll tell you that the scoring record is her No. 1 accomplishment of the year, followed by the D3hoops.com award and the conference notice.
"This year was probably the best year since I've been here," said Curry. "We definitely made a huge run in the tournament. As a team, I thought we played really well."
Norwich (15-13) was the first No. 8 seed in the GNAC Tournament to reach the championship game. Curry scored 33 points in an 84-78 overtime upset of top-seeded Emmanuel and then had 28 in a 72-59 win over Johnson & Wales. Saint Joseph's (Maine) held the Cadets offense in check during a 63-42 win in the title game. Curry scored 14.
"To be honest with you, when I look back, after beating Emmanuel in the first round, it felt like the championship game," she said. "It was such a huge win for us."
Curry led her team and was second in the conference with a 22.2 point-per-game scoring average. She led the Cadets in field goals (186) 3-point baskets (71) free throws (180) free-throw percentage (.883) and steals (46).
Ritrosky is one of three sophomores named to any of the four All-Northeast teams. She is joined on the fourth team by UMass-Boston's Olivia Murphy. Vandell Andrade of Rhode Island College was named to the first team.
"It's a real honor, just because I know there are so many people in New England who could have gotten recognized," said Ritrosky, who was home on spring break.
The sophomore from Pittsfield High School was fourth on the Eastern Connecticut team with a 9.5 scoring average, but she was second with 7.9 rebounds per game and she led her team on the offensive glass. Ritrosky led Eastern in scoring five times and in rebounding 13 times.
Ritrosky said she didn't know about the D3hoops.com honors until coach Denise Bierly texted her on Monday, when the teams were released.
Next year, the former PHS standout will be a junior. She said the coming season should be challenging.
"One of the reasons I chose to go to Eastern was they play a really hard schedule," said Ritrosky. "Next year we're going to play [Final Four team] Tufts, Williams and Amherst again."
The Williams game will be in Connecticut, while the Amherst game will be in the Pioneer Valley.
Three Williams College basketball players, meanwhile, were named to the D3hoops.com All-Northeast team.
Williams women's player Ellen Cook was named to the third team. Cook is a junior.
On the men's side, Mike Mayer was named to the first team while freshman Duncan Robinson was named to the third team.
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