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Basketball Previews Lady Trojans set marks on being best in district

Year One under head coach Bruce Marshall the Millington Lady Trojans took second in District 14-3A during the regular season.

But the district tournament brought Marshall’s first season to an early end. Now with all his talent back, a year wiser and with a roster fully understanding of his systems, Marshall is ready for year two to begin.

“We’ve got an opportunity to have a very successful season,” he said. “ This being the second year, a lot of what we’ll be doing in practice will be reminding of what they’re supposed to be doing. We should be a lot more comfortable with what we do offensively and defensively.”

Early in his first season, the Lady Trojans were going through adjustments. But by the time January hit, Millington started to roll off wins using man-to-man defense and working the ball inside to the outside on offense.

The two scoring forces were centers Treasure Redding and Tiara Caldwell. The Twin Towers complimented each other all season with Caldwell dominating the boards and scoring close to the basket.

Redding used her dribbling abiliting and shooting touch to draw post defenders away from Caldwell. Redding developed a reputation for hitting a jumper and Marshall even drew up plays for her to shoot the three pointer.

The Twin Towers are just a part of the senior class expected to lead Millington during the 2012-13 season.

“The senior class they’ve really started off well with the younger kids,” Marshall said. “The seniors just kind of jump up as we went from drill to drill. They were working with the younger kids which is very important that they start teaching the younger kids how to be a good senior.”

Other senior leaders are Katlyn Dupree, Erin Clark, Tori Chestnut and Seymon Taylor. The quartet of guards rotated at the point and shooting guards.

Dupree and Clark are the falcitators on the court. Chestnut is a physical guard and key contributor on defense. And Taylor is a slasher to the basket.

With three years under their belts, Marshall said he is expecting his seniors to be mentally stronger.

“When things got tough last year, a lot of the times we didn’t handle it well,” he acknowledged. “Mentally, I’m hoping they’ll be a lot stronger when things start to go bad. Last year we would look for excuse. Now I expect for them to just knuckle down and get the job done.”

Marshall said with his seniors displaying their mental toughness he hopes it rubs off on the underclassmen starting with Kendra Richardson.

“I think her basketball skills have just about caught up with her athleticism,” he noted. “She looks a lot more comfortable out there when she’s playing. I think her overall skill level has improved.”

Richardson is a combo guard. Marshall said he wants to see improvement in her ball handling and jump shot as the season progresses.

Other underclassmen expected to contribute are Jhari Waker, Kamre Foster and Katie Dupree. Marshall said it will take a team effort, mental toughness and focus to next the next step in District 14-3A.

The Arlington Lady Tigers were queens of the league last year. But the Lady Tigers graduated a talented senior class.

Marshall said their young players coming in are just as talented. He also added Bolton is an up and coming team.

Cordova and Craigmont will be in the mix along with the Bartlett Lady Panthers. The Lady Panthers upset the Lady Trojans in district last season to reach Sectionals.

“From talking to a lot of the other coaches in the league, everybody is kind of pointing at us as being the top dogs in the district,” Marshall said. “With as much as we return we probably should be. But there is a lot of quality still out there.”

Lady Trojans Senior Erin Clark

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