Athletics at The Governor’s Academy is about outstanding performance- as our championship titles, college NCAA scholarship players, and world competitors will attest- but it is also about character.
Basketball - Girls Varsity
New England Championships (Class B):
Governor's Girl Basketball provides a physically and mentally challenging experience that fosters a passion for competition, an unselfish commitment to the team, and personal growth on and off the court. The goal every season is to produce a team that is better than the sum of its parts and to compete for a top spot in the league, earning the opportunity to advance to the New England Tournament.
Governor's Girls Basketball practices and competes in Alumni Gym, but also utilizes the three courts in Pescosolido Field House for training. Competitive and high-energy, the team practices last an hour and a half to two hours in duration and intentionally build from individual skills to small team situations to live play. Team concepts include court spacing, grit, and applying a growth mindset to all situations.
Athletes also utilize the Alfond Fitness Center & Weight Room and Pescosolido Field House for lifting, speed training, and out-of-season stick skills practice. Staffed by two full-time athletic trainers, the sports medicine facility provides personalized attention and rehabilitation for those who need attention to injuries.
While players are fully committed during the season, many of them play basketball year-round, training with their respective AAU programs. They are also well-rounded student athletes who contribute to all aspects of the school. The coaching staff is prepared and motivated to support athletes eager to take their game to the next level. Recent players have continued their careers at Connecticut College, Middlebury College, and Adelphi University.
For more information, please reach out to Head Coach Ednaija Lassiter.
Alumni in Action:
Anique St. Laurent '23 - Connecticut College
Hayle Thompson '23 - Connecticut College
Amanda Hill '22 - Middlebury College
Kaitlyn O'Connell '21 - Adelphi University
Head Coach: Ednaija Lassiter
A Boston, Massachusetts native, Ednaija Lassiter, grew up playing for her family-owned AAU program, The Boston Showstoppers, which was founded by her uncle, Clinton Lassiter. She attended Newton North High School and Archbishop Williams High School. Lessiter attended the University of Rhode Island on a full athletic scholarship and, in her junior year, transferred to Southern Connecticut State University where she graduated with a degree in Sociology. After college, she was a social worker for the State of Massachusetts and then a middle school special education teacher in Boston Public Schools. Lassiter served as a graduate assistant coach at Northeastern University (NCAA Div I) where she earned a master's certificate in Athletic Administration. Most recently, she was an assistant coach at the College of Charleston (NCAA Div I).