By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The Millington Lady Trojan old foe of foul trouble paid a visit to the William Osteen Gymnasium tonight. And with starters Kendra Richardson and Tiara Caldwell on the bench in the first half of the Region 7-3A Girls Basketball Tournament first round contest, the visiting Jackson North Side Lady Indians were in position to pull off the upset leading 31-27 at halftime. The Lady Indians turned up the intensity to pull off the 61-53 upset advancing to the Regional Semifinals at Brighton next week. The District 14-3A champion Lady Trojans had their season come to an end.
With their full aresenal of players, Millington was ahead 14-10 in the first quarter. Then Caldwell, a UT-Martin signee, drew her second foul with a minute and 38 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
An Erin Clark jumper at the buzzer gave the Lady Trojans a 16-15 lead after one quarter.
Millington guard Seymon Taylor helped her team take a 26-21 advantage hitting a jumper and driving baseline for a basket. Then her teammates Clark and Katie Dupree hit buckets to achieve the 5-point lead.
The Lady Indians closed out the first half on a 10-1 run to take the lead for good. JNS led 44-38 after three quarters. And in the fourth quarter the Lady Indians reached a 10-point lead twice. Millington cut the deficit to six points at 51-45, but JNS closed out the contest outscoring the Lady Trojans 10-8 to advance.