After dropping its first two games of the season, Milford High School girls’ basketball coach Charles Darling was looking for more consistent play from his team.


After dropping its first two games of the season, Milford High School girls’ basketball coach Charles Darling was looking for more consistent play from his team.

Two games, and two wins later, things are looking up for the Bucs.

“It’s nice progress,” Darling said. “Our spurts of playing better are getting longer, and our periods of poor play have shrunk.”

Milford most recently topped Lake Forest 50-42, Dec. 18 at MHS.

While Milford jumped out to a large lead to start the game, the Bucs had to survive a furious fourth quarter rally by Lake Forest to hold on for the win.

The Bucs entered the fourth quarter leading 38-23, but the Spartans cut that lead to 44-35 with 3:24 remaining in the game.

A layup by junior Kacie Jackson and a free throw from sophomore Morgan Anton put Milford back up 47-35 with less than 2 minutes remaining.

However, the Spartans refused to go away. Lake Forest’s back-to-back layups made the score 47-39 with just over 1 minute to play.

Freshman Ashley Young gave the Bucs more breathing room with a layup, and a Lake 3-pointer made it 49-42, but there was too little time left for the Spartans to make up anymore ground.

Jackson closed the game with a free throw.

“Lake Forest came back and played really well in the second half,” Darling said. “They always play that way, they always play hard.”

Sophomore Janee Williams led the Bucs with 18 points, mixing in several strong drives to the basket with a few jump shots. She also fought for loose balls and grabbed several rebounds.

“Janee was awesome off the boards tonight,” Darling said.

Young finished with 16 points, while senior Shawnise Godwin had five.

The Lake Forest victory followed Milford’s 45-33 win over Delmar on Dec. 12 at Delmar High School.

Senior Heather Payne and Williams led Milford with 12 points apiece, while Young scored 11. Williams also made three 3-pointers.

Godwin added six points.

Much like the Lake Forest game, the Bucs raced out to a comfortable lead. Milford was up 24-14 at halftime, and continued to outscore Delmar in the second half to come away with the win.

The two wins now pull the Bucs up to a 2-2 record on the season. Milford is scheduled to play in the Pat Barowski Classic Dec. 29 and 30 at Lake Forest High School. The tournament also includes Lake Forest, Polytech and Woodbridge.

Milford will play at 6 p.m. on Dec. 29 against Polytech, while Lake Forest and Woodbridge will follow. The two losers will play at 6 p.m. on Dec. 30, and the championship game will follow.

In order to be successful in that tournament, and to completely turn the season around, Darling said the team has to make some adjustments.

“We need to play smarter and communicate a little,” Darling said. “We need to keep getting better. We are nowhere near as good as we could be.”

After the winter break, the Bucs resume their schedule by traveling to Seaford on Jan. 6, and hosting Woodbridge on Jan. 9.