Milford girls hand Woodbridge first South loss

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Kiarra Brittingham drained four three-pointers in Milford’s win.

MILFORD — Milford sophomore Kiarra Brittingham didn’t start the Lady Buccaneers’ basketball game against undefeated Woodbridge.
But, it was her barrage of three-pointers during a third quarter Bucs’ run that nearly finished it.
Trailing by five entering the second half – Brittingham’s buzzer-beating three-pointer at the second quarter’s end stopped a 7-0 Woodbridge run and made it a two-possession game – the Bucs outscored the host Lady Raiders by 14 en route to a 45-36 win.
The victory kept the defending Henlopen South champs unbeaten in conference play and the loss was Woodbridge’s first this season.
With Woodbridge (7-1 overall, 4-1 South) leading 26-23, Brittingham tied the game with her second behind-the-arc field goal with 3:15 to play in the third quarter.
The bucket spurred a 12-0 Bucs’ run, helped out by two more Brittingham three-pointers, that leading scorer Xitlali Roman – Milford’s only senior – capped with a reverse layup she tossed backward over her head.
The Bucs (6-2, 5-0) finished the third period with a 35-26 advantage they would not relinquish.
“I practice (the three-point shot) all the time so in the games it comes natural,” said Brittingham, who finished with 13 points. “It’s a big win for us.”
Things started slowly for Milford, as it netted just two points in the opening quarter against the Raiders’ seven.
Woodbridge opened the second quarter with five unanswered points and pushed its lead to 12-3 when star junior Altia Anderson (16 points) took advantage of Milford moving out of its box-and-one defensive approach and found her stroke.
Anderson, however, picked up her second foul midway through the quarter and with her on the bench Roman (16 points) used her height to her advantage and led Milford on a 9-0 run and to within one of the lead.14 MC Mil girls 20 (2)
The Raiders, though, answered with a seven-point rally and looked like they would take all the momentum into the half before Brittingham’s buzzer beater cut their lead to 19-14 at period’s end.
“That was the clincher, the momentum, everything,” Milford head coach Leona White said of Brittingham’s buzzer beater. “The girls did a great job. We had to switch our offense up (in the second half) and I think that’s what got us this win.”
After a nonconference game against Henlopen North frontrunner Sussex Central on Tuesday, which didn’t end before press time, the Bucs will get back to South play Thursday at Indian River.
Regardless of what happens against the powerful Lady Knights, White said she is glad Milford decided to strengthen its schedule this season with nonconference games against teams like Central, Caesar Rodney, Sanford and Padua.
“We have a tough schedule this year, and I did that on purpose,” White said. “It’s only going to make my girls better. We’ve been getting better all season.”
Woodbridge will play again Thursday at home versus Lake Forest, which also suffered its only conference loss thus far to Milford.

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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