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Girls Hoops Looks To Stay In ECC Race With Pair Of Contests

Posted on: January 16, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE: Still very much alive in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championship race, the Milford High School girls basketball team is back at it this week with a pair of match-ups. The Eagles enter this week even in the record column both overall (7-7) and in the ECC (4-4) with the league mark putting them in a tie for fourth in the standings. This important week tips off with a visit from Loveland on Wednesday, before the final-ever visit to Glen Este coming up on Saturday night. Milford will be seeking retribution for earlier losses this season to both squads.


A LOOK BACK: January 9 vs. Madeira: Madeira 56, Milford 50


A competitive match-up between two evenly matched squads ultimately went to visiting Madeira as the Amazons knocked off Milford by a 56-50 score. After a tight first half, Milford tied the game twice early in the third quarter, but never could retake the lead as Madeira closed out the win.



Milford 6-6

Madeira 10-2




Hannah Thierauf 15 points, 5 rebounds

Tori Gilman 12 points, 6 rebounds

Hayden White 9 points, 9 rebounds



Mary Englert 28 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals

Marin Kline 13 points


NUGGET OF NOTE: For the first time this season, Milford lost despite winning the rebounding margin, this time by a 45-36 count.




January 11 at Mercy: Mercy 62, Milford 33


Very little went right in the second half for Milford as Mercy outscored the Eagles by a 22-point margin as they pulled away for a 62-33 win. Trailing by just seven at halftime, the Eagles were outshot 50% to 20% after the break as they dropped a non-conference road match-up.



Milford 6-7

Mercy 5-6




Tori Gilman 14 points

Hayden White 8 points, 8 rebounds



Sarah Leyendecker 17 points, 9 rebounds

Maddie Haberthy 14 points, 6 assists


NUGGET OF NOTE: The Eagles 33 points marked the squad’s second-lowest scoring output of this season.




January 14 vs. Anderson: Milford 47, Anderson 39


Despite entering the day with a record of just 1-13, Anderson gave Milford all they could handle before ultimately falling to the Eagles by a 47-39 score. After the Redskins took their final lead early in the fourth quarter, Milford closed the game on a 12-3 run to pull out the victory.



Milford 7-7, 4-4 ECC

Anderson 1-14, 0-7 ECC




Tori Gilman 21 points, 7 steals

Hannah Thierauf 10 points



Natalie Dorsten 12 points, 7 rebounds


NUGGET OF NOTE: With seven steals, senior Tori Gilman extended her ECC-leading count to 58 and has nabbed at least four in nine of 14 games this season.




A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS: A look at Milford’s schedule for the upcoming week:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 18 vs. Loveland, 7:30 p.m.
    • 2016-17 Record: 5-8, 3-5 ECC (NR Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Freshman Jillian Hayes (7.3 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2016-17; Loveland 56, Milford 52
  • Saturday, Jan. 21 at Glen Este, 7:00 p.m.
    • 2016-17 Record: 9-7, 4-4 ECC (7th Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Scorer: Junior Jasmine Hale (13.6 ppg)
    • Last Meeting: 2016-17; Glen Este 45, Milford 43


INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A look at Milford’s statistical leaders through 14 games:

Points per game: Tori Gilman (15.1), Hannah Thierauf (11.6), Katelyn Rheude (6.9)

Assists per game: Tori Gilman (2.9), Katelyn Rheude (1.7), Hannah Thierauf (1.4)

Rebounds per game: Hayden White (7.6), Katelyn Rheude (5.5), Olivia Redrow (5.1)

Steals: Tori Gilman (58), Katelyn Rheude (28), Hannah Thierauf (27)

Blocks: Hayden White (10), Tori Gilman/Ashli Sheldon (5)

Field goal percentage: Tori Gilman (.428), Hannah Thierauf (.338), Hayden White (.325)

Three-point percentage: Hannah Thierauf (.357), Ashli Sheldon (.286), Tori Gilman (.250)

Free throw percentage: Katelyn Rheude (.870), Hannah Thierauf (.736), Ashli Sheldon (.583)


INSIDE THE ECC: The Eastern Cincinnati Conference standings are red hot with three teams within a game of each other atop the standings. Turpin holds a slim lead at 7-1, just one-half game ahead of Walnut Hills. Kings is in third at 5-2, with Glen Este and Milford, each at 4-4, sharing fourth. The schedule of ECC conference games this week includes: Wednesday-Loveland at Milford, Glen Este at Turpin, Kings at Anderson and Walnut Hills at Withrow; Saturday-Milford at Glen Este, Loveland at Kings, Withrow at Anderson and Turpin at Walnut Hills.


POLL WATCH: Milford did not receive any votes in the Jan. 16 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll. Mason is the heavy favorite at No. 1 with 10 of the 13 first place votes cast this week. Lakota West took the other three top votes and is second, ahead of the GGCL trio of Mount Notre Dame, McAuley and Ursuline. The ECC is represented next by Walnut Hills (6th), Glen Este (7th) and Turpin (8th). Kings is also receiving votes. The coaches’ poll is released every Monday at Noon at


RETRO DAY: During the 2012-13 school year, five of the six seniors on this year’s Milford High School girls basketball team were members of a highly-successful eighth grade squad that went a perfect 16-0 and captured the Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championship. There coach that year? Phil Sheldon. Now fast-forward to January 14, 2017 and the quintet and their teammates were back on the court taking on ECC rival Anderson, led by a familiar face in…head coach Phil Sheldon. And it wasn’t just any game, it was a special throwback game between the two schools.


The brainchild of Milford head coach Kristi McKenney, the Eagles broke out the same jerseys the five seniors had worn as eighth graders for Sheldon for the second match-up between the schools this season. The Eagles also took time to say thank you to their former coach during a brief pre-game recognition. Click here to continue reading.


Milford Eagles Season/Career Highs

Kyrsten Brown

Points—Season: 2 at Seton; Career: 2 at Seton (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 2 twice; Career: 2 twice (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 1 twice; Career: 1 twice (2016-17)


Tori Gilman

Points—Season: 29 vs. Princeton; Career: 29 vs. Princeton (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 6 twice; Career: 7 vs. Anderson (2015-16)

Assists—Season: 6 at Winton Woods; Career: 6 twice


Ali Kirk

Points—Season: 5 at Seton; Career: 5 at Seton (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 4 vs. Princeton; Career: vs. Princeton (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 2 at Anderson; Career: 2 at Anderson (2016-17)


Maddie Plucinski

Points—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Rebounds—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A


Olivia Redrow

Points—Season: 9 vs. Princeton; Career: 9 vs. Princeton (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 10 vs. Glen Este; Career: 10 vs. Glen Este (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 3 at Anderson; Career: 3 at Anderson (2016-17)


Katelyn Rheude

Points—Season: 20 vs. Kings; Career: 20 vs. Kings (2015-16)

Rebounds—Season: 11 vs. Kings; Career: 11 vs. Kings (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 4 twice; Career: 4 twice (2016-17)

Double-doubles—Season: 1; Career: 1


Bryn Rolfsen

Points—Season: 5 vs. Walnut Hills; Career: 5 vs. Walnut Hills (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 5 vs. Princeton; Career: 5 vs. Princeton (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 1 four times; Career: 1 four times (2016-17)


Ashli Sheldon

Points—Season: 12 at Northwest; Career: 12 at Northwest (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 7 three times; Career: 7 three times (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 2 at Northwest; Career: 2 at Northwest (2016-17)


Abby Thierauf

Points—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Rebounds—Season: N/A; Career: N/A

Assists—Season: N/A; Career: N/A


Hannah Thierauf

Points—Season: 22 at Winton Woods; Career: 22 at Winton Woods (2016-17)

Rebounds—Season: 8 at Withrow; Career: 8 at Withrow (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 4 vs. Kings; Career: 4 vs. Kings (2016-17)


Hayden White

Points—Season: 9 twice; Career: 11 vs. Middletown (2015-16)

Rebounds—Season: 14 twice; Career: 14 twice (2016-17)

Assists—Season: 3 vs. Anderson; Career: 3 vs. Anderson (2016-17)