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Millington girls battle back against Trezevant, Lady Bears make late run

By Thomas Sellers Jr.LT Brown to rim

Millington Lady Trojan guard Lindsey Harris (No. 21) defends the pass going to Trezevant Lady bear Kahdejah Stevens last week in the Trezevant Gymnasium. Harris' teammate Kendra Richardson looks to make a play on the ball.

Millington Lady Trojan guard Lindsey Harris (No. 21) defends the pass going to Trezevant Lady bear Kahdejah Stevens last week in the Trezevant Gymnasium. Harris’ teammate Kendra Richardson looks to make a play on the ball.

LT Richardson and Garner rebound

MEMPHIS — All hope seemed to be slipping away for the Millington Lady Trojans Dec. 3 in the Trezevant Gymnasium.
As the host Lady Bears build a 53-35 advantage heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Trojans started to chip away at the deficit when foul trouble sent Millington’s only senior Kendra Richardson to the bench.
Then a host of youthful Lady Trojans like Lindsey Harris, Glenda Garner, Jherika Brown, Gabby Knox and Marquisha Sanders came up with clutch defensive plays and big shots to make the score 58-52 in favor of Trezevant late in the fourth quarter.
Millington’s youth made itself evident at the foul line down the stretch allowing the Lady Bears to pull away with a 69-52 win.
Although Richardson was forced to watch from the bench her teammates miss key free throws, she said their performance left her with a positive feeling.
“I keep telling them, ‘We’re coming together. We’re coming together,’” she said. “And it’s showing. We have to prove something to the people this year, that we can actually go to districts this year and do something. We’re not just out here playing, we’re a young team that won’t go far. If we keep working together, we’ll go far.”
As the calendar turned to December, Richardson said this month is crucial to the development of the 2013-14 Lady Trojans if they are to make a run in District 14-3A. The senior guard said learning fundamentals and the basics will give Millington a fighting chance come January and February.
“I just want to see us keep working hard and communicate on the floor and putting in more effort to win the game,” she said.
The Lady Trojans were putting in that effort early only behind 13-9 after a Sanders three-pointer. Richardson scored the final four points of the first quarter for Millington with a jumper and a put-back bucket, but Trezevant led 20-13.
The Lady Trojans scored 13 points again in the second quarter and held the Lady Bears and their standout Kahdejah Stevens to 18 points to trail 38-26 at the break.
Stevens with some help from Kourtney Walter, Miesha Bond and Andrea Willis helped Trezevant dominate the third quarter holding Millington to its lowest output in a quarter, 9 points.
Meanwhile the Lady Bears managed 15 points to build its largest advantage of the night at 18 points. With Richardson heading to the bench in the fourth quarter, the Lady Trojans were to face the final minutes of the game without their only senior and leading scorer.
Behind 57-42, Head Coach Bruce Marshall’s bunch rallied with a 10-1 run. Brown hit a jumper during the rally to make the score 58-46.
Moments later the Lady Trojans made the score 58-50 when Knox hit a shot from midrange. Free throws from Garner and Brown trimmed the deficit to 58-52.
That would be the closest the Lady Trojans would get with Millington missing foul shots and jumpers down the stretch. At the same time the Lady Bears were making foul shots to ice the game.
Although the final score was 69-52, Richardson said the Lady Trojans illustrated another step in the right direction making  a comeback on the road.
“By district I think we can come together,” she concluded. “We’ll show everybody that we’ve worked hard enough to win.”

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