The coach of the former No. 1-ranked high school basketball team in the USA says he saw the drop from the top spot coming from a mile away.
Milton High, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA TODAY before the season, dropped a 71-61 decision to Miller Grove last weekend. Miller Grove led by as many as 24 points in the second half.
“We did not handle the preseason accolades very well at all,” Milton coach David Boyd said. ” It started as far back as conditioning. We’ve had our heads in the clouds — forgetting what it took to be a champion last year. As a 27-year veteran coach, I could see the Miller Grove smackdown coming a mile away.”
Even in the team’s win this season, Boyd hasn’t been happy. “We trailed McEacern 23-20 with 2:30 to go in the half; we trailed Norcross and needed a 28-point and a 23-point effort by individual players to win; and we were outrebounded by West Forsyth despite being bigger at every position. To Miller Grove’s credit, they handed our heads to us.”
Boyd was so frustrated over the team’s play that he said two starters would come off the bench in the team’s next game. “[Monday], we got re-focused in practice and finally looked like Milton. We’ll see if that carries over or not into games. Our team play that we have become known for has been nowhere to be found.”
However, Boyd still has high hopes for Milton, which is the defending state champion in Georgia’s largest classification. He’s hoping the team will learn from the early woes to make another championship run.
Note: Milton dropped from No. 1 to No. 15 in USA TODAY, while Miller Grove climbed to No. 3.