Former Cathedral basketball star earns spot on national squad

Bella Alarie is a 2016 graduate of National Cathedral School. (Brian Kapur/The Current/January 2015)

Former National Cathedral basketball star Bella Alarie was recently named to Team USA’s U19 World Cup basketball team.

“It’s surreal,” Alarie told the team’s website after the May 21 announcement. “I was so nervous sitting in that room waiting for the names to be called, but when I heard my name, my heart kind of dropped. I’m so excited. This is an incredible opportunity, and I’m so excited to represent this country. I think I played my heart out this weekend, and I’m glad that showed to the staff and committee.”

Alarie, who graduated from Cathedral in 2016 and now attends Princeton University, joins the national team as it looks to capture its seventh straight cup in Italy from July 22 to 30.

Bella Alarie, center, will play for Team USA’s U19 squad. (Brian Kapur/The Current/January 2015)

It is a fitting accolade for Alarie, who scored 1,000 career points at National Cathedral and later became a dynamo in the Ivy League. The 2016 D.C. Gatorade girls basketball player of the year had a standout freshman season for Princeton, while leading the Tigers in scoring with 12.6 points per game, and rebounding with eight per game, blocks with 51 (a school single-season record) and total field goals with 139.

Her stellar freshman season also netted her the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award and first-team all-Ivy.

“I’m so proud of Bella, who earned the chance to represent her country at the highest and international level,” Princeton coach Courtney Banghart said on the school’s website. “Her relentless pursuit of excellence has been so fun to coach and I’ll look forward to being her fan this summer. All of Tiger Nation celebrates alongside her and will be rooting for her and the team every step of the way. Go get the gold!”