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Milford Girls Hoops Learns Through Struggles

The Milford High Girls basketball team has been dealt a tough hand this season. The Scarlet Hawks have started the season 0-10 and lost their starting point guard, Megan Driscoll, to an ACL injury during the fall season. Backup point guard Kayla Baris went down with the same injury late in the team's third game of the year against Canton.
"She was driving baseline against Canton, we had the lead with about four minutes to play, and she just blew out her ACL," said MHS head coach Trisha Cullen. "It was really too bad because she was coming into her own that game."
Since that game, Cullen has had a few different players try the point guard spot who all are more accustomed to playing shooting guard. She has settled on freshman Denise Madden, who has started the last few games.
"The biggest challenge for us, in this league, every team we play is putting full court pressure on us," said Cullen. "Getting the ball over half court can be a struggle because we have inexperienced guards trying to handle full court pressure."
The flip side of having a young team is gaining that valuable experience this season. Milford only has two seniors on the team who play, and will lose only Mikaela DeMaria from the starting lineup.
"The team I am coaching this year is basically our JV team from last year," said Cullen. "We don't have much experience but everyone is seeing a lot of playing time."
Milford is only averaging 30 points per game, and the offense was handed another hurdle when Jill Powers rolled ankle. Cullen hopes to have her back next week. Powers is a starting small-forward who has been one of the team's biggest offensive threats. Jess Pye has also been strong with her execution on the offensive end.
"Jess is doing a good job," said Cullen. "We struggle to get the ball to her sometimes, but she does well once we get it to her."
DeMaria, the lone senior in the staring lineup, has also been strong offensively over the last few games. The power forward has been stepping out to the perimeter more often, including a three, three-pointer performance against Sharon. On the defensive side of the court, Selena Jones has been the most consistent performer, according to Cullen.
"Selena always works hard, and she is a great rebounder," said Cullen. "She is also starting to come into her offensive game a little more."
Record aside, Cullen says she cannot complain about her team's effort and dedication through a trying year.
"Based on our record, you'd think they wouldn't care," she said. "But every day they work hard and they play as hard as they can. The skill set might not be there just yet, but our confidence is gaining and, with the effort they put into practices and games, I could not ask for more."




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