It was the perfect fit. The Belmont Abbey College women’s basketball team was looking for a guard. Talley Britt, a 5-foot-3 senior from the Connelly School of the Holy Child, was looking for a school with strong academics and a place where she could contribute immediately.
And in spite of an untimely injury — diagnosed before she had committed to the Division II school — it all worked out.
Playing against Our Lady of Good Counsel in her final high school game, the usually quick and aggressive Britt looked a step slower than usual because of what turned out to be a torn meniscus. The timing couldn’t have been worse.
“I was sad, I was upset, I was thinking why me?” Britt said.
But her concerns were soon put to rest when after visiting Belmont Abbey and telling the coaches about the injury, she was offered a spot to play for the North Carolina school.
Britt, who averaged 12.3 points for Holy Child, said she wants to continue building on that success and expects to be back on the court, 100 percent healthy, by next month.
“[The goal is] to impact the basketball team, to become a better player than what I am now. And of course, to get a championship ring,” Britt said.
The Tigers won 20 consecutive games and en route to their first ever Independent School League A championship last season. Jamie Ready, a sixth-year coach, said Britt is her second graduate to play basketball in college.
“I think it’s a great thing for the program as a whole. It shows how far we’ve come,” Ready said. “We’ve been really focused on building a program and Talley was a huge part of it.”
— Eric Goldwein