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  • Mackenzie Anderson (15) of Cousino puts up a shot during the match between Cousino and Martin Luther King at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Mackenzie Anderson (15) of Cousino puts up a shot during the match between Cousino and Martin Luther King at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Kierra Fletcher (3) of Cousino puts up a shot during the match between Cousino and Martin Luther King at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls basketball finals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 19, 2016. Warren Cousino vs Detroit Martin Luther King. The Patriots beat Detroit Martin Luther King, 67-65.(MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)

Senior goes out in style with 20 points in title game

EAST LANSING >> What a difference a day can make.

On Friday, senior Mackenzie Anderson was a spectator for most of Cousino’s Class A girls basketball state semifinal win over Hudsonville after picking up two quick fouls in the first quarter.

On Saturday, Anderson was a major contributor in helping lead the Patriots to the Class A state championship with a 67-65 win over Detroit Martin Luther King at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

“I knew (Friday) wasn’t my greatest game which made me want to turn it around 10 times more today and go out there and give it everything I had,” Anderson said. “I wanted to end my season and my career on a positive note.”

And boy did she, playing every minute of the four-quarter contest, finishing with 20 points, on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, and grabbing six rebounds. She also had two assists.

On Friday, she had four points and two boards in just 19 minutes of court time.

“It was hard watching,” Anderson said. “You want to help your teammates as much as possible and I just wanted to get in there. I know they were working their butts off and I wanted to ease some of that for them. It ended up working out in the end.”

It was quite a storybook ending for the lone senior on Cousino’s roster.

“We have a lot of young girls,” Anderson said. “A majority of our team are freshmen and sophomores. I kind of introduced them to how the playoffs work to prepare them for next year because I think with only losing one they already have a strong bond. This is a good start to next season.”

Also helping contribute to this incredible storyline was Anderson, standing all of 5-foot-6, as the Patriots’ post player.

“As a 5-6 post the biggest thing is to get big on the boards, try and get in front of people, rebound and kick it out to teammates who can make more plays with it,” Anderson said. “This is not only my season ending game, but it’s also my last career game so I wanted to pass on the senior baton in a positive way. I wanted to go out strongly and help my teammates move forward into next season.”

She averaged nearly a double-double, with one of those doubles being rebounding, for the Patriots this season.

“If we had another post she’d probably be a guard because she can handle the ball pretty good too,” Cousino coach Mike Lee said. “The way she’s taken that role, probably since her junior year, she just goes about it the right way from her offseason training, things like that. To only have one senior I couldn’t think of a better one to have.

“We always talk about doing your best job night in and night out and she does more than what you’re expecting her to do,” Lee added. “She’s giving up five, six or seven inches on a girl.”

Anderson was a four-year varsity player.

“She’s sort of the glue that holds us together,” Lee said. “She remembers three years ago. She remembers all the players that we keep talking, like the footprints like Bethany (McCord). She missed Elena (Popkey), but she knew the tradition. She’s been sort of through it when we won three (MAC) titles in a row, three districts and she was on the losing end last year so it was one of those things where she bridged the gap.

“She’s more of our emotional leader,” Lee added. “Even when as a freshman and sophomore when she was varsity she wasn’t afraid to talk. Leadership is a tough thing to teach kids. All great teams need skill, but all great teams need leadership too. She’s followed those footprints from the past. Mack’s lived in those footprints and now she’s helped create new ones.”

And the Cousino fans made sure they knew how appreciative they were of Anderson’s four years on the court by chanting her name soon after the final buzzer went off.

“I was speechless,” Anderson said. “I didn’t realize how much people looked up to me in my school and looked up to us. Being the only senior and having such a young team and going this far really means a lot to us. We took about three steps forward this season.”

And all of Cousino High School would like to thank her for it.

Last Updated: 3/19/2016 6:32:40 PM EST