By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The Millington Lady Trojans came out of the locker room Friday night with defense as their top priority.
The visiting Cordova Lady Wolves didn’t put a dent into the William Osteen Gymnasium scoreboard until the 3 minute and 20 second mark of the first quarter.
The Lady Trojans turned defense into offense building a 21-point first half lead. Then the senior duo of Tiara Caldwell and Treasure Redding kept filling up the bucket and neutralizing the paint on the other end leading to a 63-18 victory.
“It seems we’ve been playing as a team, moving the ball around the court,” Redding noted. “Everybody is doing her part and staying together.”
Millington jumped out 8-0 in the first quarter before the Lady Wolves could manage a bucket. Behind 8 points from Caldwell in the opening period, the Lady Trojans were ahead 14-6.
In the second quarter Millington took advantage of Cordova fouls to build a 29-6 advantage. Lady Trojans like Erin Clark, Seymon Taylor, and Katie Dupree joined Caldwell and Redding at sinking free throws in the 15-0 run.
The Lady Wolves finally scored at the 2-minute and 24-second mark of the second quarter with a three-pointer. Caldwell tallied the final three points for the Lady Trojans in the first half to give Millington a 32-11 lead.
“We’ve been talking to each other and talking to our guards about playing well and getting the ball up the court,” Redding noted. “We want to limit the turnovers and put it all together in the game.”
In the third quarter Millington continued to put it together when Dupree drained a three-pointer to make the score 47-14. Then her fellow underclassman Jhardae Walker contributed with four points.
Walker scored her first bucket receiving a pass and laying the ball off the glass giving Millington a 49-15 lead. On the Lady Trojans’ next trip down the court Walker followed up a missed basket with a layup.
Dupree got back into the scoring act with a jumper giving Millington a 38-point lead. Walker made the advantage 40 points with another basket in the lane.
Millington outscored Cordova 8-3 in the fourth quarter to pick up the District 14-3A win. The Lady Trojans improve to 2-0 in league play with the victory. Redding said the Lady Trojans know what it takes to stay atop the standings in District 14-3A.
“It’’s going to take hard work and even more hard work,” she concluded.