BRIGHTON — With a completely new starting five debuting on Wednesday night, the Brighton girls basketball team still emerged victorious in its season opener against Linden.
Behind 13 points and five steals from Julianna Pietila, the Bulldogs defeated Linden, 43-27, at home to begin the 2015-16 season 1-0. Brianna Possorek added 10 points, four steals and two assists while Julia Raneses posted six points and a team-high nine boards.
“We played a lot like I expected with five new starters,” Brighton coach Paul Ash said. “We were pretty jittery to come out and it took us a while to get into the flow of things, especially offensively. But you hold a team to 27 (points) defensively, I liked our team tonight.
“For a first game, I’m pretty pleased.”
It will get a whole lot harder for Brighton come Friday.
The Bulldogs travel to Petoskey for a meeting with the defending Class C champions, St. Ignace.
“Like I told the girls tonight, good win but we gotta get a lot better in two days,” Ash said.
Brighton 8, South Lyon 1
BRIGHTON — There will be no extended slow start for the Bulldogs this season.
They improved to 3-2 against South Lyon on Wednesday night behind two-goal nights from Joey Clifford and Drew Daavettila. Matthew Kahra addd a goal and three assists to lead the team with four points while Keith Wickland and Nick Foran chipped in a goal and assist a piece, as well.
Brighton returns to action Saturday with a home contest at University of Detroit Jesuit.