Milford runs away with girls’ basketball state tournament win

MILFORD – Overcoming a slow start, the Milford girls’ basketball team finally got coach Leona White her first state tournament win.

Trailing 6-3 midway through the opening quarter, the Buccaneers finished the period on a 9-2 run and never stopped – defeating No. 14 Delmarva Christian 66-29.

The win advanced No. 11 Milford (15-6) to Thursday’s second round game against No. 3 Sanford. Delmarva Christian finished the season 13-8.

Jameshia Baker scored a game-high 27 points for Milford. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Jameshia Baker scored a game-high 27 points for Milford. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Junior Jameshia Baker scored all but two of her game-high 27 points in the second half to help Milford pull away, but it was seniors Kala Fluitt (16 points) and Jonae Boone (12) that helped the Bucs erase the early deficit and go into halftime with a 27-14 advantage.

Boone knocked down a pair of first quarter three-pointers, the second of which came during the 9-2 run, and Fluitt kept fighting in the post and getting to the line. The duo combined for 19 of Milford’s 27 points in the half.

“I think it was nerves, plus it was senior night, and then it was the tournament,” said White of her team’s slow start. Milford was celebrating its senior night during the tournament because Seaford forfeited what would’ve been the Bucs’ final regular season home game.

“The first half Kala was struggling with the traveling, but once she and Jonae pulled the girls together we had a positive outcome,” added White, who is in her fourth season as Milford’s coach. “Then we had Baker step up.”

Sanford and Milford’s second round game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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