The New Hampton School Women’s Basketball program is devoted to developing individual and positional skills through personalized coaching, with a strong emphasis on the mental side of the game. Players are given opportunities that help develop the concept of teamwork and leadership through game-time situations and competitive drills. Benzio, who has previously coached at both Harvard and the University of Vermont, brings an energy and coaching style that focuses on fundamentals, discipline, and positive team culture. Joining Benzio on the sideline is the returning Assistant Coach from the 2015-2017 seasons, Kayla DiBari ‘08.
The New Hampton Women’s Basketball team is looking to continue building off of its successful 2016-2017 campaign this season. The Huskies finished a strong year facing off against Nobles in the Class A semi-finals match-up. Although the Huskies eventually fell to their opponent in the championship game, the season left the returning Huskies more dedicated and hungrier to improve. With seven players returning, the Huskies will look to have continued growth following last year’s success with the addition of three new team members.
For the 2018-2019 season, New Hampton will be returning a core group of athletes. Returning athletes - Amelia Clairmont ’19, Sydney Noyes ’19, Maddie Kilfoyle ’20, Amanda DeAngelis ’20, Hannah Hibbert ’20, Seraphina Hodgson ’21, and Lexi Kesselring ‘21. Clairmont ’19 and DeAngelis ’20 both saw significant playing time last season and will be strong scoring presences for the Huskies. Noyes ’19 played predominantly in the post last year, but is looking to extend her impact to the perimeter during this upcoming season.Kilfoyle ‘20 will add depth at the point guard position, while Hodgson ’21 made considerable growth over her freshman campaign and is looking forward to a breakout year. Kesselring ‘20 missed nearly the entire season last year due to injury but is back out on the court this year!
New Hampton is extremely excited about the future contributions from three of the team’s newer members. Alli Cavallo ’19 is a Post-Graduate joining the squad from Duxbury, MA. Cavallo ’19 will step in as a guard with leadership and veteran experience. Lily McAdams ’21 is a true Sophomore from Hollis, NH and looks to bring her up-tempo style of play to the court. Lastly, Alli Prentice ’22 is a Freshman from Merrimack, NH that is looking to make her debut for the Huskies this year.
In an exciting match-up, the huskies took on Class A rival, Nobles. New Hampton fought to an early lead scoring 31 points in the first half to lead by 2 at halftime. In a back-and-forth second half, the two teams traded baskets and strong defensive stands until the final 3 minutes when Nobles extended a lead to 5 points. The huskies did their best to battle back, but were unable to close the gap before free throws streched the lead to 8. A. Clairmont '19 led all scorers with 19 points and 2 steals. A. Cavallo finished with 8 points, 3 assists, and 5 rebounds, while S. Noyes '19 added 4 points and 5 rebounds in the contest
A native of South Florida, Brett attended Tulane University on a full-athletic scholarship for basketball. During her four years at Tulane, Brett became the third basketball player in Tulane history (male or female) to score at least 1,000 points and pull down at least 1,000 rebounds in her career; she also set the all-time school record for defensive rebounds, while placing second in the record book for both total rebounds in a career and career blocked shots. Brett participated in one NCAA tournament and two WNIT tournaments during her time at Tulane.
Brett pursued a career as a professional basketball player in Europe, playing in both the Czech Republic and Germany. She returned to the United States to coach at Harvard University and then at the University of Vermont before arriving at New Hampton School. During her inaugural season (’16-’17) at New Hampton as head coach, Brett helped lead her Women's Varsity basketball team to a Class AA second place finish while taking her ’17-’18 team to the Class A semifinal game.
A New Hampton School alumna class of 2008, Kayla played on the Women’s Varsity Basketball team all four years. Part of a class B championship team in 2006 and a Class A championship team in 2007, Kayla was also a four year member of the Women's Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams at New Hampton. Kayla went on to play Division I lacrosse at The College of the Holy Cross. Kayla has been coached basketball and lacrosse at New Hampton since 2015.