Spartans girls win to sweep season series from Sabers

MILFORD – Despite the intensity of a tough rivalry, the Milford High School girls basketball team remained in firm control of its performance on the court.

The Spartans picked up a 40-27 win on Friday over Division II rival Souhegan to maintain their flawless record.

It was the Sabers (4-7) who came out with the hot hands for a pair of field goals in the opening frame, but the Spartans came to life soon after. Milford (10-0) found some lanes within the Souhegan defense for quality shots and exploded to a 12-point scoring spree.

“We had a couple of defensive breakdowns where we let up uncontested layups,” said Souhegan coach Mike Heaney. “We were amped up, and that’s the sign of a young team. We’ve got to learn from it and grow from it.”

The streak put the Spartans in a secure lead that was chiseled down to five in the second quarter. Devany Pitsas provided some fast breaks, and Jessica Ryan delivered from beyond the arc to mount an eight-point run that put Milford on top 23-13 at the half.

The Sabers cut down their deficit to six with some quick drives to the hoop in the opening minutes of the second half, but Milford stayed disciplined to its game plan and came roaring back with a 9-2 run in the third quarter, taking a firm grasp on the game.

The Sabers managed to find some holes in the Spartans’ defense in the closing two quarters, but could not manage to get their shots to fall. All the while, the Spartans continued to play physical and drained the clock.

“We do really simple things in practice some days and we’ll be working on layups tomorrow,” Heaney said. “We’ve just to keep working on getting better.”

Ryan carried Milford with 13 points, Pitsas accounted for nine and Adelle Pitsas tossed in six.

Hannah Chick and Hannah Kenney each pitched in eight points for Souhegan.