Milford girls overcome half time deficit to win PVML "A" Division Championship

HAMPDEN - After winning two regular season games, it looked like the girls from Dr. Lewis S. Libby school in Milford might not make it a clean sweep over the Lady Chargers from Glenburn after trailing by six points at half time. Milford was able to out score Glenburn 22-13 over the second half to come away with a 40-37 victory to win the Penobscot Valley Middle League girls "A" division championship at The Stable inside Hampden Academy on Tuesday night.

Milford's Gabby Cody (with ball) clears out a rebound during the girls PVML "A" Division championship game in Hampden on Tuesday. Milford defeated Glenburn 40-37 in the game. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Glenburn opened up an 8-2 lead mid way through the first quarter, and topped the Wildcats 11-5 at the buzzer ending the period. Both teams played to a 13-13 tie in the second quarter, leaving the Chargers holding a 24-18 six point lead at the half time break.

Glenburn's Kacey Gardner (12) puts up a shot in front of Milford's Gabby Cody during the first half. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Things began to turn around for the Wildcats in the third period after a 5-0 run with 6:52 remaining in the quarter to cut the Glenburn lead to 24-23, and Milford too the lead at 26-24 on a 3-point basket by Hillary Whitmore with 6:25 to play in the period. The Chargers tied the game at 28-28 with 4:37 remaining, but Milford pulled away to take a 33-32 lead heading into the final period.

 Glenburn's Lucy Wiles (4) brings the ball up court while being guarded by Milford's Emma LaBelle. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Milford took a 37-35 lead with 5:40 to play, but Glenburn tied the game at 37-37 just under one minute later. The Wildcats took the lead back 39-37 with 2:52 to play, and after adding a free throw for the final point of the game they were able to hold off the Chargers for the 3-point victory.

Gabby Cody scored a game high 16 points to pace the Wildcats, and Olivia Small added 12 points. Whitmore scored nine points, Emma LaBelle added two points, and Dominique Reinzo chipped in with one point.

Milford had four 3-point baskets, three by Whitmore and one by Cody, and they went 10-for-17 (59 percent) from the charity stripe.

Glenburn's Sadie Campbell directs traffic during the first half. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Lucy Wiles scored 12 points and Kacey Gardner added 10 points to lead the Chargers. Sadie Campbell scored seven points, Emma Westrich scored six points, and Lauren Hogan added two points.

Glenburn had one 3-point basket by Campbell, and they went 4-for-8 (50 percent) from the free throw line.

GLENBURN  11  13   9   4 -- 37
MILFORD       5   13  14  8 -- 40


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