Milford rolls past Pelham

MILFORD – Going into the season, Steve Signor told every player on the Milford High School girls basketball team that each of them was going to have to contribute a little bit of offense for the Spartans to find success.

The Milford head coach figured if he could nine girls to average five points a game, the Spartans would be all set.

Against Pelham on Wednesday, Signor got more than he’d asked for, as six players scored at least six points or more in a 72-49 victory in Division II action.

Jessica Ryan led three Milford (2-0) players in double figures, scoring 12 of her 16 points in the second half, while Jennifer Dupuis added 15 points and Rebecca Cleary chipped in with 11.

“The big thing with our offense is spreading the ball around,” Signor said. “Any girl, if it’s her moment to score, we need her to score. Offensively, they surprised me. I didn’t think we’d be able to
generate 72 points in a game this year.”

The Spartans never trailed in the game, taking control early to lead 20-6 after the first quarter. Pelham made things interesting, thanks to its intensity in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 10 at halftime.

“Defensively, at times I was pleased and at times, I was not,” Signor said. “I thought we were prepared enough to stop their 3-point shooting and early, we did not. Pelham came out, and I thought, outworked us in the beginning, despite the score.”

Milford’s lead was 39-31 midway through the third quarter when the Spartans finally figured out how to break Pelham’s fullcourt pressure. The Spartans went on a 10-0 run, with all five field goals coming inside the paint.

Adelle Pitsas (nine points), Erin McGuire (eight) and Taylor Steinbrecher (six) also played well offensively for Milford.

Pelham (0-2) got 13 points, including three 3-pointers, from Hannah Paitchel, while Katelyn Supernant and Lilly Shlimon had eight points apiece for the Pythons.

Milford returns to the floor Dec. 26, when it plays Nashua North at 6:30 p.m. on the first day of the Nashua Holiday Tournament at North.

“It’s going to be tough,” Signor said. “They’ve got one of the best players in the state in (Taylor) Choate and it will be tough for us. The tournament for us is to prepare us, to get better for what’s to come later. What better than to start with Nashua North, one of the top Division I teams? It’s only going to make us better.”