Milford falls on rough shooting night
MILFORD – Tuesday night wasn’t a good night for offense in the Souhegan Valley, with Milford falling to Souhegan, 41-30.
The Spartans actually finished with more three-pointers (six) than two-pointers (four) in the loss, finishing 4-for-20 from the field in the first half.
Despite this, the Sabers went into the break with only a 17-12 advantage. Milford briefly held the lead early in the second half before the Sabers pulled out to a four-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter, which only grew in the final frame.
“I know they can shoot because we see an awful lot of Milford,” said Souhegan Head Coach Peter Pierce. “They might have had a poor shooting night, but we might have had something to do with it.”
Pierce also believed that his team’s ability to withstand Milford’s long-distance shooting at the rare times when it did click was a key factor in the victory.
“We knew (Milford) were going to hit a couple in a row at some point in the game because that’s who they are,” said Pierce. “We tried to prepare the kids mentally for that. It’s okay, that’s going to happen, just take a deep breath and play through and that’s what I think they did.”
“For Milford Head Coach Dan Murray, the primary factor was the loss of senior Gavin Urda, who injured his ankle at the end of the first quarter.
“We missed a lot of shots. Without Gavin, we played young and played fast and couldn’t get inside,” Murray. “Defensively, we played good until the end, then we kind of broke down with our help side a bit. We just played a bit too fast on offense.”
After the game, Murray said Urda remained in pain and projected that he would be out for the near future, but did not provide any additional information.
For Souhegan, junior Michael Maroun led the way with 14 points, followed by senior Curtis Redd with 11 points and Matthew McCool’s nine.
Senior Jake Greska led the way with nine points for Milford, with sophomore Ryon Constable adding eight.
Milford (2-3) heads to Kearsarge on Thursday, while Souhegan (3-1) hosts Coe-Brown Northwood on Friday. Both games have 6:30 tipoffs.
The Sabers (2-4) outscored the Spartans (0-5) 17-4 at the end of the game to pick up the win at home. Susie Wason led all scorers with 16 points and Katie Canavan chipped in 10 points of her own.
Sarah Dobbs led Milford with 13 points and Bailey Johnson added 10.
Souhegan visits Coe-Brown and Milford hosts Kearsarge on Friday.