By Kevin Eickman
Speaking with Milford girls’ basketball coach Leona White prior to the start of the season, the goal was clearly stated. “We want to win the South and we want to do better in the tournament,” White stated. With the season beyond the halfway point, the results for this year’s Milford team are still a bit mixed. While on the surface an 8-4 overall record, with a 6-0 record in the South looks solid, a look at this past week demonstrates that there is still a great deal of work to be done.
On Thursday Milford traveled to Indian River to face off against their 6-5 (3-3) Henlopen South foe. The game went well for Milford as they easily dispatch the Lady Indians 62-27. The game was never close as Milford bolted out to a 35-9 halftime lead and never looked back. Key contributors for Milford were senior Xitali Roman (10 points), junior Jonae Boone (8 assists) and junior Kala Fluitt (13 rebounds). That is the type of team game Milford will need to play going forward if they expect to be relevant come tournament time.
Tuesday was a different story for Milford. Traveling to 8-2 and highly regarded Sussex Central, Milford played against the type of team Milford hopes to compete against come playoff time. While Milford started out strong, outscoring the Golden Knights 14-9 in the first quarter, things quickly turned for the Lady Buccaneers. Central imposed their will over the next two quarters. Outscoring Milford by 45-12, the Buccaneers never knew what hit them. The result was a 64-40 defeat that shows Milford still has a way to go if they hope to compete at the level they hope.
Looking ahead Milford has six games remaining against Southern Division teams, with four of those games coming at home. This Tuesday Milford will host a 3-8 Laurel squad for their only contest of the week. The following week the battle for the South will heat up as Milford will host an 8-1 Woodbridge team, whose only loss this year is to Milford. In a three team race between Milford, Woodbridge and Lake Forest, the contest on January 30 will go a long way to determining who will eventually emerge as Henlopen South Champion.