By Kevin Eickman
Earlier in the year the Milford girls’ basketball team provided a minor upset, defeating a highly regarded Smyrna team 55-50. On Saturday Smyrna had a chance to extract a bit of revenge, as the two teams battled for the Henlopen Conference Championship at Polytech.
It was a tough afternoon for Milford as they never seemed to find their footing, on their way to a 58-43 defeat at the hands of the Eagles. The game featured a poor start for Milford, but more importantly a hot three point shooting from Smyrna. Smyrna can be a streaky team but on this day they were red hot. Asked about coming out of the zone, coach Leona White was not going to do it “There was no way I was going to come out of it, the defense wasn’t the problem today.”
The problem that White was referring to was the offense, in a game that saw the teams’ top offensive weapon Myleiris Vazquez struggle, the Bucs simply could not keep up. The down performance is a rarity for her and White had little doubt she will bounce back from it. “Myleiris is a fantastic player and even fantastic players have a bad game once in a while,” White said. “I have no doubt in my mind, she will be ready when the tournament starts.”
Looking forward to the State Tournament, Milford has secured the number five seed in the 24 team field. They will be hosting a game this Thursday at 7 pm. The opponent will be the winner of the Padua versus Woodbridge game, held this Tuesday.
Despite the loss in the Conference Championship game, White believes that her team is where they need to be as the games become precious. “We will put this game behind us and continue to work hard, just as we have all year,” commented White. “We will get back to practice and we will be ready to play, we will treat them just like any other games.”
White is hoping that there is a large and enthusiastic turnout this Thursday. “The fact that we have a chance to host a tournament game at home is huge,” White said. “We are looking forward to playing in front of our home fans, we love their support.”
With a trip to the the quarterfinals and a trip to the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware on the line, Thursday night promises to be a very exciting one at the Milford Central Academy gym.