The Lady Bucs sent their only senior out with a bang Thursday night.



Heather Payne, the one senior on the Milford High School girls’ varsity basketball team, was honored at Senior Night Thrusday night. Then she helped anchor a strong defense in a 42-33 win over Seaford for the Bucs’ home finale.


The Lady Bucs sent their only senior out with a bang Thursday night.

Heather Payne, the one senior on the Milford High School girls’ varsity basketball team, was honored at Senior Night Thrusday night. Then she helped anchor a strong defense in a 42-33 win over Seaford for the Bucs’ home finale.

“It feels great,” Payne said.

The offensive effort included strong contributions from Ashley Young and Janée Williams. They combined for 15 of the Bucs’ first 21 points as they jumped out to a 21-16 lead in the second quarter.

But that lead didn’t last; Seaford went on an 8-2 run to end the quarter, and went into halftime with a 24-23 lead.

 “We were behind after the first half and we shouldn’t have been,” Head Coach Charles Darling said. “But our teamwork improved dramatically in the second half. The girls did what they needed to then.”

The second half started with both teams trading baskets. That lasted for half of the third quarter, until, with Milford up 27-26, Payne blocked a Seaford shot, and Morgan Anton was fouled after recovering the ball. She hit a free throw to make it a two-point lead, and Ashley Williams followed up with a jump shot to put the Bucs up 30-26. They never looked back from there.

“It’s always nice when you win that last home game,” Darling said.

Payne put her mark on the last home game of her eight-year Milford career with three blocked shots, a pair of free throws and a field goal.

“She played some excellent defense and had some nice rebounds, plus she put some points on the board,” Darling said.

The Bucs wrapped up their season with away losses against St. Thomas Moore and Woodbridge, finishing 8-13 on the season.