Milford hosted Pinckney for Hall of Fame night on Friday, with the girls game taking the floor before the ceremony.
The teams battled hard and had to go to overtime to settle things. Pinckney fell behind by six in overtime before pulling off a wild comeback for a 51-49 victory.
Pinckney (2-8, 5-11) came out red-hot from three in the opening quarter, hitting four from beyond the arc for a 17-10 lead.
After Pinckney hit another three early in the second, Milford finishing the half on a 15-1 run for a 25-22 halftime advantage.
The free-throw line doomed Milford after halftime, as it made just 3-of-13 in the second half and overtime.
“We had a chance to ice it and then I thought in the last minute or two minutes of overtime they got us on the glass, which is an area we controlled most of the game,” Milford coach David Browne said. “I thought our girls battled hard. They hit their shots tonight and we missed some key opportunities, especially at the line.”
The Pirates won the third quarter 11-6 to go up 33-31 entering the fourth.
Milford (4-6, 7-9) turned the ball over on five of its first six possessions, but still managed to stay within a bucket.
Pinckney’s Shannon Dingman hit the seventh three of the night for the Pirates with two minutes to play for a three-point lead. After a pair of free throws from Chloe Hanifan, the lead grew to five.
Milford battled back with a bucket from Aubrey Long and a three from Hanna Paulczak to tie the game at 40-40 with a minute to play. Neither team could connect the rest of the way and the game went into overtime.
Milford jumped out to a six-point lead in the first two minutes of overtime, but that would be it for the Mavs.
Pinckney’s Lexi Durtis made an old-fashioned three-point play with an inside bucket and a free throw. Jacqulyn Kolnitys hit a bucket with 13.7 remaining to get within one.
Milford threw the inbound pass away and Pinckney got the ball under the hoop with no time off the clock.
With 5.3 to play, Durtis made another inside hoop and was fouled. She again made the free throw for a two-point cushion.
Milford got off a 3-pointer before the buzzer, but the prayer wasn’t answered and Pinckney celebrated the win.
Pinckney’s Dingman led all scorers with 15 points. Durtis scored six of her 11 in overtime and Hanifan finished with 10 points.
Mallory Barrett led Milford with 13 points, followed by 12 from Long.
Brighton 35, Milford 28
The Bulldogs needed a win to stay in the hunt for the division title and did just that Feb. 10.
Brighton would go on to beat Hartland (34-29) in a showdown for the division title Friday.