By Kevin Eickman
When the Milford girls’ basketball team started the season, the goal was to win the Henlopen South and make a tournament run. With two thirds of the season gone however, it is looks like it is going to be a challenge just to make the State tournament at all. The Lady Buccaneers took a step in the right direction this past Thursday by defeating visiting Woodbridge 61-35.
Milford got off to a quick start by applying pressure and getting out on the break. The fast start enabled Milford to jump out to end the first quarter with an 18-7 advantage. “Getting out fast was important for us tonight, we haven’t been doing that of late and it has cost us,” coach Leona White stated. “This is just one of the things we have to do if we want to make the tournament, we need to come out fast and play with confidence.”
The Buccaneers kept applying the pressure and kept extending the lead as a result of it. Milford headed to the locker room with a 33-15 advantage as a result of their work. While the halftime score may have been to Milford’s liking, continuing to press the advantage would be key to Milford as they went on to secure the victory.
“A lot if it is about consistency of effort, and I thing we really did that tonight,” White stated.
In the beginning of the second half, Woodbridge attempted to get back in the game, but Milford was having none of it. The Buccaneers returned to applying pressure and shut the door on the visitors once and for all. Milford had three players in double digits with senior Kiarra Brittingham leading all scorers with 17, while fellow seniors Jamesha Baker (15) and Rajene Bowe (11) would be key contributors as well.
[Not a valid template] With the win, Milford found themselves above .500 for the first time since December 28, 2016. The importance of this step was not lost on Bowe. “We needed to get this win tonight, this was a team we knew we were better than and we really needed to step up and show it,” Bowe said. “The most important thing is that we continue to build off it. This hasn’t been the easiest year for us, but we have stayed together and now it is time to see if we can make a run at the tournament.”
If Milford hopes to qualify for the State tournament, they are going to have to beat some quality teams if they are going to do it. This week Milford will host Saint Thomas More 9-4 and Lake Forest who check in with a 9-5 record on Thursday.
“There is no doubt about it, we have some very tough teams coming up,” White commented. “There is no doubt that we are going to have to step our game up if we hope to compete with them.”
Both games are set to tip at 6:15.
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