Coach Barkley and his team are looking to repeat their success from last season where they made the DIAA State Tournament and beat Howard High School in the first round. During the 201-2011 season the Girls Basketball team went 12-8 and was strong at home winning seven games in the Milford Central Academy Gym.
This season the girls currently stand at 4-5 defeating Sussex Central, Woodbridge, Laurel and Middletown. Halfway through the season, it is time for the girls to put the pressure on the rest of the Henlopen Conference to ensure their placement in the State Tournament again.
“We have been able to put it all together some games and then the next cannot seem to play the entire game,” commented Coach Barkley. “They have a lot of talent and work very hard, they just need to be more consistent.”
Milford’s starting five this season has changed almost every game so far with two key players, Captains Le’Shay Coward and Ashley Young, leading the team to some impressive victories early on in the season.
“We have to uplift our spirits and get our heads in the game,” stated Captain Le’Shay Coward. “We need to continue to work hard in practice and we will be able to make the State Tournament.”
Coward is a Senior at Milford and played for Caesar Rodney last season before moving into the Milford School District. she has plans to attend the University of Baltimore and continue to play basketball at the collegiate level.
Captain and Senior Ashley Young has played on the Varsity squad for all four years of her high school career and is determined to make it back to the DIAA Tournament this year.
“We need to keep our focus, continue to work hard and I think we can make it that far,” commented Young. “The most important thing is that we stay positive and help each other out.”
Young hopes to play basketball next season at Acadia University in Pennsylvania.
Coach Barkley has been back with the Girls basketball team for three consecutive years as head coach and has been coaching for Milford HIgh School since 1998 when he was Assistant Coach of the Girls basketball team under the direction of Charlie Darling. he has a very positive outlook of the rest of the season and expects the girls to repeat the success of last year.
“The girls need to come together as a team and trust one another on the floor,” stated Coach Barkley. “When they communicate they win. We have great expectations for the rest of the season and we intend to work harder to get there.”
The next Girls home basketball game will be played on Tuesday January 10 at 5:00pm at the Milford Central Academy Gym.