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.