The Milford High School girls’ basketball team broke a two-game winning streak Monday night, losing the first round of the Pat Borowski Classic, at Lake Forest High School, to Polytech 55-50.


The Milford High School girls’ basketball team broke a two-game winning streak Monday night, losing the first round of the Pat Borowski Classic, at Lake Forest High School, to Polytech 55-50.

 “We’re kind of disappointed that we didn’t win tonight, because we scored 50,” Coach Charles Darling said. “We kind of have a goal of scoring 50 points every game, and when you score 50, you usually win. Of course, today Polytech scored 55.”

The loss drops the girls to 2-3 overall for the season.

Their high offensive production was a good sign for the Bucs, Darling said. After graduating six seniors from the 2007-2008 Henlopen South championship squad, the team is playing with many new freshmen and former JV players with only four juniors and seniors.

“Our team is really inexperienced this year,” he said. “We’re trying to focus on putting together good minutes, and minimizing the mistakes. Tonight we had a lot of good minutes, but we made enough mistakes to lose.”

Janée Williams, one of the underclassmen, provided many of those good moments Monday night. The sophomore caught fire against Polytech, hitting on seven three-point shots to lead the Bucs in scoring with 21 points.

Williams’ play helped the Bucs go up to a 40-37 lead by the start of the fourth quarter, but Polytech was able to come back for a five-point win.

“We didn’t drive to the basket well,” Darling said. “Our team settled for too many outside shots.”

It didn’t hurt the girls’ field goal shooting, but a less physical offense means drawing fewer fouls by the other team, and that means taking fewer foul shots. The Bucs attempted just two free throws all night, while Polytech shot 18. 

“That lets the other team keep playing their players, because they’re not in foul trouble,” Darling said. “We definitely need to attack the hoop better.”

Their other problem, he added, was following up shots – both their own and Polytech’s – with rebounding and second-chance scoring, allowing Polytech .

“We just weren’t tough enough around the basket – rebounding and putbacks,” Darling said.

Darling said the main issues his team is battling are experience and consistency, not intensity.

“We always play hard. Our intensity is always good. Now what we’re trying to do is balance off that effort with some better production.”

The girls had a familiar opponent on the Polytech side – Myisha Rufus, a former Milford student who since transferred to Polytech.

The Bucs were scheduled to play either Woodbridge or Lake Forest on the second night of the tournament, in the consolation bracket. That game took place after the Beacon’s press deadline.