The Milford Lady Buccaneer's basketball team stands at 3-3 following the holiday break and their good performance in the Pat Borowski Holiday Tournament.
Now that school is back, the team is refocusing on regular season games and working to do well in the Henlopen Conference. Their next contest is against Thursday, Jan. 3 at home, against Caesar Rodney. Opening tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Milford is led on court by junior guard Myleiris Vazquez, who's capable of putting up lots of points per game. She handles the ball and distributes well, and keeps the team energized.
Defensively, junior Diamond Turner and sophomore Xitlali Roman handle the rebounding chores capably. In the team's recent win over Middletown, the Bucs dominated both ends and controlled the tempo throughout the game. Milford jumped out to an 18-0 lead, and never looked back.
The team has a well-balanced scoring attack. Vazquez is helped out on offense by junior guard Shaniya Adkins, junior forward Jalyn Powell, senior guard Ashley Young and senior guard Le'Shay Coward. They scored a season high 68 points against the Cavaliers, and have posted 59 against Cape Henlopen and 56 against Woodbridge. Their toughest game was a recent loss to Tower Hill, in which they only managed 22 points. If Milford continues to play a balanced offense and hold their own defensively, they will have a successful season.
Caesar Rodney, now 4-4 after holiday tournament play, features a balanced attack, but has fewer scorers. Sophomore forward Whitney Victory is getting better with each game and is a solid scorer. Junior guard Shakyra Cephas is also a reliable player at both ends of the court. Senior Chakta Young and junior Deana Martin have made significant contributions to the team this year. The Lady Riders are coming off a tough loss to a very strong Ursuline Academy, a team that has won numerous state titles over the past few years. The Riders will need to pick up more scoring from different players, and will need to pound the boards a little stronger to finish the season strong.