By TJ Millman
It would not have been hard for the Milford Lady Bucs Basketball team to improve on their 0-20 season from 2018, but this year’s squad has left the past in the past as they have already won 4 games this season. The Bucs have won their last 3 games in a row, picking up wins over Laurel, Early College High School @ DSU, and Seaford. Milford Head Coach Eric Sudler has been impressed by his team’s play of late, and he gives a lot of it up to his team finding their confidence.
“Getting that first win felt great for them. I think we just needed to feel that feeling of success. Once that happened, I noticed a change in our girls. They started to get their confidence back, we started running more plays…good things just started happening. Now that we’re up to 4 wins it may not seem like much to the outside, but to these girls who have been working so hard, it means a lot. To see these girls smiling and looking forward to basketball…it’s a good feeling for me as a coach,” Sudler said.
At the beginning of the season, Sudler said that his main goal was for his girls to start having fun again, and now that the fun is back, his team is starting to make the changes that they need to improve their game.
“We have really started communicating a lot better lately. We talk to each other a lot more on the court, and I think it just took a while to sink in. Running plays, learning our own limits, it’s all a learning process. We spent a lot of the season on working fundamentals, so now it’s time to really put all of that into play on the court,” Sudler said.
Against ECHS, the Lady Bucs got off to an early lead from a hot start by sophomore Haleigh Baker. Baker scored the Bucs first 8 points of the game, dropping in two 3’s, and had 10 points at the end of the first half. Senior Jeannellie Robles Ortiz hit a 3 of her own and also added 5 first half points. Baker ended the game with 16, Robles Ortiz had 15, senior Nadia Delva had 11, and sophomore Abigail Ikechi-Konkwo had 6.
Even though Sudler was happy with the win, he was still wary of how his team played with their lead. The Bucs were actually outscored 22-19 in the second half en route to their 48-30 victory.
“I think we were too lax with that lead. I called a timeout and I gave them the, “come on now,” and we tightened things back up. It’s great getting out to an early lead, but we can’t give that back when we’re playing against tougher competition and expect to win,” Sudler said.
The Lady Bucs will look to keep their winning streak alive against conference opponent Sussex Academy on Tuesday, January 22. The game is away at Sussex Academy, and tip-off is set for 6:15 PM.
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