NEGR - Northeast Girls Recruiting

Prep Profiles: St. Luke's

Coach Matt Ward begins his 3rd year at the helm of the St. Luke’s Girls’ Basketball Program with a record of 51-7. St. Luke’s has back-to-back-to-back Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) champs as well as reaching the NEPSAC Tournament the past four seasons. Previous to St. Luke’s, Ward was the head coach at Miss Hall’s School for four seasons.
 
St. Luke’s had another very good season last year, as they recorded 25 wins, including some major wins against schools like Taft, Marianapolis, and St. Andrew’s. They won the FAA for the third straight year, before losing in the first round of the NEPSAC tournament to Beaver Country Day. After losing their all-time leading scorer, Sydney Lowery ’17, the team really had some kids step up and step into new roles and found success in those roles. St. Luke’s struggled to stay healthy the second half of the season, as they ended the year with 8 healthy players (started with 15) – but the team battled and had a great season. Winning the FAA isn’t an easy thing to do and the team worked hard to get that done. While they went out early in the NEPSAC tournament to a really good team, they were proud of the season they had.
 
The St. Luke’s Girls’ Basketball Team had a number of team and individual accolades a season ago. They were FAA Champions and made it to the NEPSAC Class C Tournament. McKenna Frank ’18 (Wake Forest) & Maya Klein ’18 (Providence) were named All-NEPSAC & NEPSAC All-Stars. Caroline Lau ’22 was named All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention & NEPSAC All-Star. Additionally, Lau, Frank, & Klein were named to the All-FAA team with Janelle Johnson joining them as an FAA Honorable Mention.
 
Key Returning Players:
 
Tamia FultonFulton is a terrific ball handler and an elite athlete. Coach Ward and the team will rely on her to step into more of a scoring role this year, which she is more than capable of. They will need her to be a high energy player. Pairing her with Caroline Lau in the backcourt is going to cause problems for many teams.
 
Sydney CummingsCummings is an extremely hard worker that has gotten better and better each of the past two years. She is a tough kid who can battle in the post, while also step out and hit the midrange jump shot and get to the rim off the dribble. She’s quick and strong and could be a matchup problem at the 4.
 
Janelle JohnsonJohnson is an elite defender who loves the game. Her offensive skill set has improved tremendously as well, as she is a threat getting to the bucket from the wing and can shoot the 3 as well.  
 
Caroline LauLau is one of the best players in New England. Her basketball IQ is through the roof. She plays with a calm demeanor, yet a sense of confidence that propels her game forward and makes everyone better. Her ability to hit the three has improved tremendously, which, along with her ability as a ball handler and passer, makes her a tough guard.
 
Newcomers:
 
 
Coach Ward expects that the team will be in the mix for another FAA championship, while also competing for a berth in the NEPSAC Class B tournament after moving up to Class B this year. With the five seniors they lost from last year, they lost over 3,000 points. Couple that with losing Lowery the year before, the program has lost over 5,000 points in two years. St. Luke’s is still very talented, and Coach Ward expects them to be very competitive once again. They will still need to have girls step into new roles as scorers while also playing a bit differently than they have in the past. With the loss of some talented offensive weapons, a point of emphasis for this team will be to make sure that they are locked in defensively at all times.
 
St. Luke’s has a very difficult schedule this year – definitely the toughest they’ve ever had. With games against St. George’s, Berkshire, Taft, Cheshire, Beaver Country Day, Watkinson, & Putnam Science Academy, to name a few. They will also be in the Holiday Tournament at Williston with some of the strongest Class B schools in New England. Lastly, St. Luke’s will travel to Boston to compete in the Shooting Touch Tourney, which features Rivers, Nobles, Marianapolis, Proctor, Watkinson, & Tilton. All of those games to go along with their FAA schedule against some very strong teams makes it a difficult schedule.
 
St. Luke’s will have their work cut out for them as they will look to fill various voids left by the seniors who graduated. Coach Ward knows that these girls have what it takes to get their program to the next level, so he expects to be right there again this year in the FAA and NEPSAC.
 
Head Coach Matt Ward
 
“I’m extremely excited to take on the challenge of this season with this team. While we need to have kids step up to take on new challenges, I know we have the talent, and the desire, to do what we need to do every day to be our best. Our schedule will certainly challenge us to do that, and that’s exciting.”
 
St. Luke’s School is a private, secular, co-educational day school founded in 1928 and situated on a 40-acre campus in New Canaan, Connecticut. St. Luke’s offers a college-preparatory curriculum for grades 5 through 12, with a diverse student body of 553 from 20 towns in CT & NY.
 
St. Luke’s 2018-19 Schedule
 
Day
Date
Time
Opponent
Type
Place
Sat
12/1/18
3:00 PM
St. George’s
 
Away
Fri
12/7/18
5:00 PM
Berkshire School
 
Away
Wed
12/12/18
4:30 PM
Canterbury
 
Away
Fri
12/14/18
5:30 PM
Williston Tournament – vs. Hopkins
Tourn
Neutral
Sat
12/15/18
9:30 AM
Williston Tournament – vs. Brooks
Tourn
Neutral
Sat
12/15/18
3:30 PM
Williston Tournament – vs. Williston
Tourn
Away
Sun
12/30/18
TBD
Shooting Touch Classic – vs. TBD
Tourn
Neutral
Mon
12/31/18
TBD
Shooting Touch Classic – vs. TBD
Tourn
Neutral
Tue
1/8/19
4:30 PM
Greens Farms Academy
 
Home
Fri
1/11/19
4:15 PM
Holy Child
 
Home
Mon
1/14/19
4:30 PM
King School
 
Home
Wed
1/16/19
4:00 PM
Cheshire Academy
 
Home
Sat
1/19/19
TBD
SYTS Showcase – vs. Pingree
Tourn
Neutral
Wed
1/23/19
5:45 PM
Hopkins School
 
Home
Fri
1/25/19
4:30 PM
Hamden Hall
 
Home
Tue
1/29/19
5:00 PM
Masters School (NY)
 
Away
Thur
1/31/19
4:30 PM
Covenant of the Sacred Heart
 
Away
Sat
2/2/19
1:00 PM
Beaver Country Day School
 
Away
Tue
2/5/19
5:00 PM
Rye Country Day
 
Home
Fri
2/8/19
4:00 PM
Greenwich Academy
 
Away
Tue
2/12/19
5:00 PM
Putnam Science Academy
 
Away
Thur
2/14/19
6:00 PM
Watkinson
 
Home
Sat
2/16/19
2:30 PM
Taft
 
Away
 
2/19-2/23
 
FAA Tournament