Patriots trap Bulldogs for big 39-9 victory

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Cambria Handy recorded a double-double against Morenci, leading all scorers with 18 points and adding 12 rebounds. Photo by Tom Culler.

A big brick wall was put up by Britton Deerfield’s varsity girls basketball team against visiting Morenci on Friday, Jan. 18, with the Patriots giving up little while taking a big 39-9 Tri-County Conference victory.

The biggest scoring quarter for the Bulldogs was the third when totaling three points. Morenci scored just two points in the first, second and third quarters.

Cambria Handy led all scorers with 18 points while also adding 12 rebounds for the Patriots. Morgan Tanis finished with six points while Kennedy Budd added six points and seven rebounds for Britton Deerfield (BD). Abbey Meinert chipped in three points and four rebounds for BD while Janessa Handy had six assists, three rebounds and five steals.

“It was nice to get back into the win column,” said BD coach Craig Tanis.

The Patriots lost their previous game 44-42 against Blissfield.

“Cambria had another solid performance with a double-double,” said Tanis. “We also played good team defense and got great play from our bench tonight.”

In their loss against Blissfield, the Patriots went into the final quarter with a 36-32 lead but was outscored 12-6 to finish the game with a loss.

“It was a tough loss but I thought we played our best game of the season,” said coach Tanis. “We played solid defense and our rebounding was strong. Blissfield is probably the best team we will play this year... If we take care of business in the first round of districts, we will have a chance for redemption as we will face Blissfield in the semi’s.”

The Royals jumped out to a 14-6 lead after the opening quarter and finished the first half with a 22-20 advantage.

Morgan Tanis led the Patriots’ offense with 17 points while also hauling down eight rebounds. Cambria Handy added 15 points and 10 rebounds while Kennedy Budd had four points and three rebounds. Handy added two points, four rebounds and four steals.

BD was scheduled to play at home against Whitmore Lake (Tues., Jan. 22) and at Summerfield (Fri., Jan. 25) this week. Results will be reported in next week’s Tecumseh Herald.

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