Out of Harms' way: Senior leads Milton to victory
DELAVAN--Sydney Harms isn't ready to be done yet.
The Milton High senior let that much be known during a WIAA Division 2 girls basketball regional opener on Tuesday night.
Harms scored all 18 of her points in the second half, leading the 10th-seeded Red Hawks to a 47-32 road victory over Delavan-Darien.
“I didn't want it to end, so I was like, 'I've gotta go; we've gotta win,'” Harms said. “After the first half of them guarding me close, I was like, I've got it now.”
Milton moves on to face No. 2-seeded Waterford in a regional semifinal game at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
On Tuesday, the Comets blanketed Harms for the entire first half. The 6-foot forward had just two shot attempts.
That was just the start of Milton's offensive issues. It made just 3 of 30 shot attempts, and Delavan-Darien built a 16-10 halftime lead.
“It was pretty dismal,” Milton coach Scott Randall said. “You're looking for an answer to that. And I think the biggest answer was we started going after rebounds and 50-50 balls.”
The Red Hawks also made a concerted effort to post Harms up down low. When the Comets sent two defenders after her there, Milton was able to pass the ball out to open shooters.
Harms had nine points in the third. Her 3-pointer with less than a minute left and freshman Ashley Boe's transition layup in the waning seconds helped Milton tie the game 26-26.
“I think it's kind of representative of seniors, and actually our juniors feel that way, too,” Randall said of his team's mentality of not wanting to see the season end. “They motivated each other.”
Harms banked home a jumper on Milton's opening possession of the fourth quarter to give her team its first lead of the game.
The Red Hawks never gave it back, building a quick seven-point edge.
Delavan-Darien senior Kylie Collins—who had a team-high 13 points—made a deep 3-pointer to cut the Comets' deficit to three with just over three minutes remaining.
But Milton broke free from full-court pressure for back-to-back layups—one by junior guard Anna Gunderson who finished with 11 points—to essentially put the game away.
“This group has got a lot of heart,” Randall said. “It's hard to have a great attitude when you only win three games in the regular season, but they keep scrapping.
“And I think at halftime, they decided they didn't want to lose.”
The Red Hawks went to the WIAA state tournament in Green Bay in 2013, but they lost a huge senior class.
Harms and guard Jenna Mylin are the only seniors listed on this year's roster, and the group struggled through a 3-19 regular season.
A postseason victory erased some of those frustrations.
“We've played (the Comets) throughout all of my four years, so I've got to know them,” Harms said. “It feels really good.”
And it's not over yet.