By Kevin Eickman
With varsity sports starting back up following the holiday break, the Milford girls’ basketball team got back into action with three games this past week. As has been the case for most of the season, the Lady Buccaneers continued their winning ways. Following a 40-30 home victory at Indian River on Tuesday, Milford traveled to Polytech on Thursday. Once again the red hot Buccaneers came away with the victory. This time dismissing the Panthers with a workmanlike 50-31 victory.
That set the stage for a a Friday night showdown with Henlopen South rival Laurel, featuring freshman standout Logan Handy. Checking in at about 5’5” tall, Handy promises to be something special for years to come.
Milford however is a much deeper team and has some outstanding players of their own. Most notably this past Friday, it was the work of senior Kala Fluitt who would match Handy with a game high 23 points. Thanks to the outstanding defense of Milford, they were able to cruise to a 57-40 victory. The beginning of the first quarter was a bit of a problem for Milford as they came out a bit sluggish to start the game. As the game continued, Milford became more efficient.
“We had a slow start the first half, but the second half we came out strongly,” Fluitt commented. “We had to get the ball movement right, penetrate a little bit more, and that’s how we got to capitalize.” Fluitt believes that there is room for improvement for this years squad going forward. “The thing we need to work on is our passing and ball movement.”
With the victory Milford improved their record to 9-1 on the season and are rapidly closing in on the Henlopen South title with a 5-0 record in the division. The one loss came to Sussex Central in the Pat Borowski tournament over the holiday break. It is a loss that sticks in the minds of all the Milford players, including Fluitt. “We were having trouble penetrating with our offense,” Fluitt said. “We kind of got sluggish and lacked a little bit, but we’re not gonna let that stop us. We are going to keep working harder and harder.”
Speaking with coach Leona White following the game, she believes that the team has still not played a complete game yet. It is an item that concerns her as she understands that some stiff competition awaits this team down the road. “You don’t know what to expect, it’s like a Cracker Jack box,” White stated. When talking about the loss to Central, White was complimentary of how well Milford had played that evening. “Actually the girls played very well. The score says one thing, they actually played a decent game but the shots weren’t falling.” said White.
With the tough road ahead, White knows that consistency is going to be big for Milford “The girls are going to have to be consistent. Every game their going to have to come out and play hard,” she said. When asked what had to happen, White was quick to respond, “I told my kids it’s up to them. There is nothing else I can do for you. I’ve given them the tools now it’s up to you to go out there and play better.”
Milford will next play at Seaford this Thursday, tip is set for 4 PM.