Patriots start with big win over Waterford
Britton Deerfield’s varsity girls basketball team hit the road on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and defeated Waterford 35-34 to open the season.
Head coach Craig Tanis had hoped the girls would return to the courts with similar play to last year with four returning starters, senior Cambria Handy (forward), junior Morgan Tanis (guard/forward), junior Jenessa Handy (guard) and sophomore Abbey Meinert (guard). The Patriots went 16-6 overall last season and finished second in the league behind Madison.
“This year we’re looking to get that first league championship for BD girls,” said Tanis. “Our first and foremost goal is to win the TCC.”
Also returning as an expected starter is senior Taylor Cousino (guard/forward).
To open the season, Morgan Tanis scored 18 points and added seven rebounds to help lift the Patriots to a close 35-34 victory.
Cambria Handy added 12 points and six rebounds while Meinert added three points and three rebounds.
Carrie Wielfaert chipped in two points while Janessa Handy had six rebounds and five assists.
The game was “a defensive battle and a hard fought contest by both teams,” said coach Tanis. “I am extremely proud of our effort tonight. It was a back and forth game the entire night with neither team leading by more than six points.
“Morgan and Cambria came up big for us. Morgan hit the game winning shot with seven seconds to play and then tipped Waterford’s inbound pass and Cambria came up with the steal to seal the win. This was a great win against a great program on the road.”
Tanis said that Waterford has played in the last four consecutive state championship games and won three titles.
Waterford’s JV’s defeated BD’s JV’s 42-20.
The Patriots followed with a 53-18 win at home against Dundee on Thursday, Dec. 5.
BD scored double digits in all four quarters while allowing Dundee to score seven points in its highest scoring quarter.
Meinert hit the net for 18 points to lead the Patriots while Morgan Tanis had 12 points and seven rebounds.
Cambria Handy added 10 points and 13 rebounds while Janessa Handy had four assists.
“We started out slow tonight but we had a good second half holding Dundee scoreless in the third quarter... We had a good balanced scoring attack tonight. Now we get ready to start our league schedule,” said coach Tanis.