Basketball - Girls V
The girls' basketball program at Phillips Academy has three levels of competitive play: varsity, junior varsity and junior varsity two. The varsity program is classified as a Class A (large school) team. Most of our opponents are schools that traditionally qualify for post season play.
Through the years, the teams have enjoyed a number of successful seasons. Many of the players have moved on to play Division I and Division III programs. At college, some have gained recognition as league leading scorers and have been elected captains as well as enjoyed berths into the Division I NCAA tournament.
1999-00, 17-2, New England Champions
2000-01, 17-3, 2nd place
2001-02, 20-2, 2nd place
2002-2003, 15-4, 2nd place
2008-2009, 17-3, 2nd place
Head Coach: Lani Silversides
A native of York, Maine, Lani Silversides (Boardman) came to Andover as head basketball coach in the fall of 2005. A graduate of York H.S. and the University of Vermont, where she majored in secondary education and earned numerous honors, Coach Silversides lives on campus and is a teacher in the math department.
At York High School, Silversides is the second all-time basketball scoring leader (male or female) with 1,413 points and holds school records with 1,111 rebounds and 299 blocks. A four-time member of the Western Maine Conference All-Star basketball team, she was also an all-state goalie in soccer and a state hurdles champion. In her senior year, she was named First Team All-Maine in basketball and Portland Press Herald Female Athlete of the Year.
Selected by ESPN The Magazine as a District I Academic All-American, Silversides finished her Division I career at the University of Vermont in 2005 with 1,227 points, eleventh on the Catamounts all-time scoring list. She is one of six players in UVM history to score over 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and hand out 200 assists. She is also fourth in career free throw percentage (.801) and fifth in career blocks (89) for Vermont. In her final season, she earned America East All-Conference Second Team honors and was named to the America East All-Championship Team.