By Greg Klein The Cooperstown Crier
---- — Despite a 21-point loss to Harpursville in the finals of the Anton Remy Jr. Basketball Tournament on Saturday, the Wildcat girls are ready for a good season.
“We took this game on ourselves as a challenge,” Milford coach Jim Weir said. “I thought we held our own with them. It was 15-13 at one point. We have nothing to be ashamed of.”
Harpursville, which beat Cooperstown in the Class C quarterfinals in March en route to second-place finish in the state tournament, returned most of its players including Miranda Drummond, who has signed to play Division I basketball at St. Bonaventure next year.
Drummond had 23 points Saturday and Shelby Medovich added 20 in the 56-35 win.
“Drummond is a player, no doubt about it,” Weir said.
Drummond, who plays inside on defense, but often plays the perimeter on offense, was a match-up problem for the Wildcats. Guards Emilie Mertz and Serena Chase, giving up half a foot or more in height to Drummond, were quickly in foul trouble.
In the Tri-Valley League, however, the match-up problems may belong to the Wildcats’ opponents. Speed and a good transition game will be assets for the team. With Mertz, Chase and her older sister Kaley and sophomore Addy Lawson, Milford will have strength at the guard position.
In addition, sophomore Maddy Zenir will be an important factor at center. A six-footer, Zenir is developing into a player, according to Weir.
“She’s going to be a force for us,” he said.
Forward Taylor Olmsted missed the Harpursville game with a concussion, but will also be an important player for the Wildcats inside.
While Milford can go nine or ten players deep, inside depth will be a concern. The Wildcats are also lacking a true point guard. Lawson is a natural shooting guard but will sometimes have to play with the ball in her hands.
“We’ll do what we have to do to get people open,” Weir said. “We don’t want to keep Addy on point, but it depends on who is out there.”
As with the soccer team, Milford is a young squad. Chase is the only senior and of the three juniors, Mertz is the only starter.
Weir said he thinks Schenevus, Richfield Springs and Cherry Valley-Springfield will all be contenders in the T-V East, while defending Section Four Class D champs Franklin and runner-up Morris will be the top teams in the West.
“There’s not going to be a lot of easy games in our league this year,” he said.
On Saturday, Lawson had 13 points to lead the team while Zenir added nine points.
Milford (1-1) travels to CV-S on Dec. 3.
Harpursville 56, Milford 35
ANTON REMY TOURNAMENT
Championship at Milford
HARPURSVILLE (2-0): Abby Bird 1 0-0 3, Carissa Warren 0 0-0 0, Shelby Medovich 7 5-10 20, Holly Henry 1 0-0 2, Katie Hoyt 0 0-0 0, Makenzie Havens 0 0-0 0, Rachel Ballard 1 0-0 2, Sarah Miller 1 0-0 2, Tatiana Sosnowsky 1 2-2 4, Miranda Drummond 7 9-21 23. TOTALS: 19 16-33 56.
MILFORD (1-1): Maddie Zenir 2 5-9 9, Emilie Mertz 1 2-4 5, Kaley Chase 0 2-2 2, Hannah Saggese 0 0-0 0, Sadie Hogan 1 1-2 3, Serena Chase 0 1-4 1, Mataiah Waters 0 0-0 0, Addy Lawson 4 4-4 13, Dawn Pickwick 1 0-0 2, Abby Freer 0 0-2 0. TOTALS: 9 15-27 35.
Harpursville 8 15 15 18 – 56
Milford 7 9 7 12 – 35
Three-point field goals: H 2 (Bird, Medovich); M 2 (Mertz, Lawson).
MVP: Miranda Drummond (Harpursville).