The Milford High School girls' varsity basketball team took its first win of the season on Tuesday night, beating Polytech 45-36 in the first round of the annual Pat Borowski Classic tournament, and followed that with a nail-biting 41-35 loss against Woodbridge in the championship game.


The Milford High School girls' varsity basketball team took its first win of the season on Tuesday night, beating Polytech 45-36 in the first round of the annual Pat Borowski Classic tournament, and followed that with a nail-biting 41-35 loss against Woodbridge in the championship game.

"It feels really good," Head Coach Barkley said.

The Bucs jumped out to an 11-2 lead on Polytech in the first quarter, and held them to just 10 first-half points with a strong pressure defense and over a dozen steals and intercepted passes.

"We played some great defense - that's what we'd been working on," Barkley said. "We said in practice, we have to get better on defense before we can get better on offense."

Polytech mounted a comeback effort in the second half, but couldn't get closer than five points before Milford started scoring again and widened the gap to 31-22. They held a 44-26 lead midway through the fourth, when Barkley decided to give the reserves some playing time. Polytech managed to cut the final score to 45-36, but never threatened to retake the lead. Ashley  Young led the Bucs in scoring and orchestrated much of their lockdown defense

The second day of the tournament started out almost as well as the first, but it didn't end up the same way. The Bucs jumped out to a 10-2 lead against Woodbridge in the first quarter, but the Blue Raiders were able to bounce back, going on a 6-2 run to make it 12-8 at the start of the second period. With good rebounding and nearly perfect free throw shooting, Woodbridge tied the game at 15 with two and a half minutes to go in the quarter, and took an 18-16 lead at halftime.

Milford took the lead back early in the third quarter, but couldn't hold it, finally tying the game at 26 on a buzzer-beating jump shot by Shayla Dukes as the quarter ended.

The fourth wasn't kind to Milford, though. They fell behind 28-32, and couldn't make up the difference as Blue Raiders kept hitting free throw after free throw every time the Bucs got within three points. The final score was 41-36.

The Bucs travel to Dover on Jan. 5.