By Thomas Sellers Jr.
CORDOVA — Just in case fans in the stands don’t hear the rally cry of the Millington Lady Trojans prior to tipoff, Bruce Marshall’s players are clearly demonstrating it.
The latest display came Feb. 5 in the Cordova Gymnasium with Millington remaining perfect in District 14-3A play with a 67-39 victory. The player leading the charge was senior Tiara Caldwell with 22 points.
Caldwell said it’s no coincidence the Lady Trojans improved to 8-0 in league.
“Before our first district game, we all just sat down in the locker room,” she recalled. “We said what we were going to go out and do. And so far we’ve done it. Like now, before every ball game we say, ‘Success.’ That’s what we’re going toward – success.”
Millington got off to a successful start against Cordova jumping out to a 26-6 advantage after one quarter. Then the Lady Trojans put the game away in the second quarter. Glenda Gardner got things started for Millington with a layup in the post making the score 28-8. Lady Trojan senior guard Erin Clark hit the next bucket. Her fellow senior Treasure Redding hit one of her trademark elbow jumpers to make the score 32-8.
With the defense trying to double Redding, the power forward with point guard skills fired a pass to Caldwell for an uncontested layup making the score 34-8.
After a Cordova basket, Millington senior guard Troi Chestnut got the Lady Trojans rolling again with a foul shot. The Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Wolves 12-6 to close out the first half. Caldwell scored 7 of those points dominating in the lane. Teammates like Chestnut, Clark and Seymon Taylor fed her the ball in the post.
“What is going right for us right now?” Caldwell asked rhetorically. “We’re keeping our heads. We’re staying together as a team and we’re working hard.
“Our chemistry is getting better,” she added. “Once I get a feel for the ball, I pass it back out so they can get a feel for the ball. It’s like we’re all feeding off each other.”
Millington was ahead 46-16 at the break. The Lady Trojans used a balance attack throughout the second half to keep the lead at a sizeable margin. Despite being outscored by two points, the Lady Trojans prevailed by 28 points.
Next up for the No. 1 seeded Lady Trojans is the District 14-3A Tournament.
“We’re going to keep working hard,” Caldwell concluded. “If we come out with the win, we’re going to work even harder the next game. If we come out with that win, we’re going to keep working hard until it’s the end of it.”