If you need directions to Mohegan Sun Arena just ask the Canton Girls’ Basketball team. For the second year in a row the Warriors not only made it to the finals, they took home the championship. In a recent conversation with Athletic Director Craig DeAngelis I asked when he know there was something special happening; “In speaking with Brian (head Coach) as we prepared for the season we knew there were many questions which needed to be answered. Early on in the season I watched the girls struggle with their roles on and off the court. Brian did a great job of establishing a positive atmosphere which allowed the girls not only to thrive as players but also as teammates.”
Like most of the season the Warriors followed Emily Briggs who led all scores with 24 points. Along with Abigail Charron, Emily was on the floor for the full 32 minutes. Speaking about his team, Head Coach Brian Mederios couldn’t help but compliment them all “I’m so proud of all of the girls, they came together as a team. We needed to depend on the person to the right and to the left. Everyone had to buy in and play their role to a T, and that’s exactly what we did. Couldn’t be any happier for this group as they had to work real hard to achieve this amazing accomplishment.”
Coach Mederios and Canton High School will take this result every year, however he knows just wanting it will not make it happen. “I think we do a good job at Canton of preparing the girls for not only the good but the bad. I think it’s very important for them to see the big picture. We emphasized all season being the best version of themselves and not trying to do more than their capable of. To the girls’ credit they get up for big games and they don’t let moment get too big and I think that’s been a huge part of our back to back state championship run.”
Warrior Nation and the NCCC are proud of the girls’ and their desire to be their best. There are no certainties in sports, but one thing you can take to the bank, Canton Girls’ Basketball are “Back to Back” State Champions and there is no indication a third is not in their sights.