The Milford High School girls’ basketball team has earned a spot in the district tournament, securing 10 wins with four games left to play and an opportunity to finish with an even higher seed.
“I have high hopes for the rest of the way,” said head coach T.J. Dolliver. “We are in the tournament so that is obviously a big deal, we are in and looking to up our seed and hopefully get a home game.”
The Scarlet Hawks began the week with a 10-6 record and a 6-6 mark in Hockomock League play. MHS has weathered a difficult stretch without top scorer Kate Irwin, who missed two games with a concussion. Dolliver said the star guard should return before the end of the regular season and in plenty of time for the playoffs.
With Irwin out, fellow senior Emily Piergustavo has picked up the slack and taken over the point guard role. Piergustavo has scored close to 13 points per game over the last two. Senior Jess Tomaso has similarly scored in double figures consistently in recent games.
“They have really stepped up for us in terms of scoring,” Dolliver said, “and everyone else has stepped up in different aspects of their games.”
Juliana Tracy and Gillian Valanzola continue to play well in the front court, the coach said.
“They work really hard inside and down low for us, especially when we are playing good teams with strong bigs,” Dolliver said. “They do a very good job controlling them and making sure they don’t take over the game.”
Dolliver anticipates needing to win three of the final four games to secure a home game in the district tournament, but the Scarlet Hawks will not know where they fall in the bracket until several days after the end of the regular season. Even if they have to travel, Dolliver said his senior-laden group should be able to handle the tests of tournament basketball.
“With these seniors and the experience they have, they can overcome playing on the road and playing well to win a basketball game, it won’t be a huge disadvantage,” he said. “If we are healthy and have our full roster, we can definitely make a run.”
This article appears in the Feb. 9 edition of the Milford Town Crier.