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Lady Trojan bring firepower into 2014-15

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Basketball Preview Lady Trojans

The last two seasons have graduated the core of the 2013 District 14-3A champion Millington Lady Trojans.
Gone are six players with the duo of Tiara Caldwell and Kendra Richardson signing college scholarships to play basketball. Now Millington Head Coach Bruce Marshall is preparing his 2014-15 Lady Trojans for a run to return to the top of the league.
“I’m really excited about what we have coming back because Kendra did an excellent job of helping teach those kids,” he noted. “She was almost like an extra coach and everything. She talked to the kids and helped teach them the things that will help them be successful as they progress as ball players here at Millington.”
Richardson was a standout combo guard for the Lady Trojans for four seasons before signing to Walters State. Last season she spent time working with underclassmen like Lindsey Harris, Travana De Souza, Jherika Brown, Tracy Clark and Marquisha Sanders.
“Marquisha is going to be a big key,” Marshall said of the athletic sprinter. “I’m really excited about some of our younger guards like Tracy Clark and Travana. They have been putting in some extra work.
“I’m expecting big things from Jherika Brown in the backcourt this year,” he added. “Lindsey, she knows what to do and will be in the right places. She’ll be in the right places in order to help us progress.”
Harris is one of three seniors on the roster. Harris has build a reputation over the past two seasons for hitting timely shots and making key plays on defense.
She will be a leader along side Jhardae Walker and newcomer Anjelica Sykes.
Walker and Sykes will join Glenda Garner in the post for Millington this season. Marshall noted Sykes has an athletic frame and will free up room for sophomore Tamia Aldridge.
“She’s going to be able to help us in the post,” he said. “I really want to play Tamia with the versatility of inside and outside. She’s really progressed as a player to where she can handle both spots for us.”
Aldridge will be featured at the 3 and 4 positions this season with her improved ball-handling skills and shooting range. When needed, she can be placed at the 4-spot with her size to assist center Garner.
“I think Glenda could have a real big bust out year for us,” Marshall said. “She’s been doing a lot on her own. She’s taken some weight off which is going to help her conditioning wise get up and down the floor. She’s done the little things that are going to help her become a better basketball player.”
Marshall said if all things click and his team exercises maturity, they can have a shot at deep post season run in February.
“I really think, especially with some of our younger kids, they figured out they need to do more on their own,” he said. “Of course Arlington is going to be tough returning some really good ballplayers who are juniors this year for them. Bartlett has picked up Charity Savage from Bolton. So they’re going to be solid.
“The league is going to be extremely competitive,” Marshall continued. “I really think if we’re not top 3, I will be disappointed. I’ve seen enough improvement and I feel really confident about going into this season.’
Marshall said his team must do two things to have a shot at the top in District 14-3A.
“Be able to execute and have discipline,” he concluded. “If we’re able to execute and show some discipline at the right time of ballgames, we can beat anybody in the league. I don’t care who it is.”

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