Milford girls’ hoops team shooting for another South title

MILFORD – The Milford High girls’ basketball team graduated just one player from last season’s Henlopen Conference Southern Division championship team.

But replacing her will be a tall order, both literally and figuratively.

Senior Rajene Bowe is one of multiple returnees to the Lady Bucs lineup. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Senior Rajene Bowe is one of multiple returnees to the Lady Bucs lineup. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Gone from the Lady Buccaneers roster is longtime post player Cee Roman, and with her departure Milford will have a bit of a different look entering the new season.

“We’re small,” head coach Leona White succinctly summed up. “So, we have to be patient and run our plays. Patience is the key.”

Fortunately for Milford, many of those players who are practicing patience are returnees.

Seniors Jonae Boone, Kala Fluitt and Tierra Hadley are back with the team, as are juniors Jameshia Baker, Rajene Bowe, Kiarra Brittingham, Brianna Cahall and Tyra Mifflin. Sophomores Lameshia Bailey and Leah Barnett were also on the varsity squad last season.

Four new faces on the varsity roster this season will be freshmen Vanasha Daniels, Nadia Delva, Jessica Donovan and Ighjione Dorsey.

“Right now, we don’t know what’s going to happen yet,” White said. “The experience we have back helps. They know what they are doing.”

Winning a third consecutive South title won’t be easy.

Along with Milford, the division figures to be fought over by Lake Forest and Woodbridge, the former which returns nearly its entire roster from last year’s team that reached the postseason and the latter that features perhaps the state’s top player in senior Tia Anderson.

White, though, is confident her team will be in contention for the division crown when the season nears its end.

“It’s going to be tough,” White said. “We’ll be challenged but I think we can give them a run for their money.

“Overall our goal is just to have a successful season and make the state tournament.”

Milford is scheduled to begin its season Tuesday, 5:45 p.m., at Delmar. From there the Bucs will take a week off before a Dec. 15 home game versus Northern Division for Cape Henlopen. Home bouts versus Lake Forest and Woodbridge follow on Dec. 17 and 21, respectively.

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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