By Thomas Sellers Jr.
ARLINGTON — The basketball would slip through their hands or bounce off their legs out of bounds.
The whistle seem to blow often Friday night against the Millington Lady Trojans for travel calls and fouls. All the miscues came at the worst possible time, the play-in game of the District 14-3A Basketball Tournament in the Arlington Gymnasium.
Behind the solid shooting of standout guard Heaven Thompson, the Bolton Lady Wildcats advance to the district semifinals and earned a spot in Regionals. And for the young Lady Trojans the 2014-15 season is over.
“There’s still a lot of potential there,” Millington Head Coach Bruce Marshall said. “We are very young. Lindsey (Harris), who was an incredible senior for us, out of her freshman class was the only one left. And there were 8 in that class. She did a great job and everything we’d ask of her.”
Harris had a highlight in her final game as a Lady Trojan hitting a three-pointer in the second quarter. But that basket made the score 23-9 in favor of Bolton.
The Lady Wildcats build a 13-3 advantage in the first quarter behind a triple, layup and free-throws from Thompson. She added 4 more points in the second quarter to make the score 19-5.
The tally was 23-9 at halftime. The Bolton defense stayed intense in the third quarter holding Millington to four points. The Lady Wildcats’ advantage grew to 34-13.
In the fourth quarter the Lady Trojans outscored their first three-quarter output. The 14 points came from shots from Jherika Brown, Glenda Garner and a triple from Traci Clark.
“In the junior class, we’ve only got the two of Jherika and Glenda,” Marshall noted. “And five sophomores sitting in behind them. They did show improvement especially when the district season got started. We saw a lot of glimpses.
“But a lot of our fundamentals are not where they need to be at in order to compete at a high level,” he added. “We’ve just got to get better. Some of that is going to fall on me as far as spending more time in practice working on the fundamentals. But a lot goes on them because we are limited on the time we can spend in practice.”
While the Lady Trojans think about next season, Bolton advances in districts and will reach Regionals scheduled to start this Friday.
Millington now moves on to a new classification and future with a young time that gained a lot of experience this past season.
“To get to that next level with us going into a new district next year, they have to pick up the ball,” Marshall said. “We’re going into Double A ball next year. There’s some good teams up there. Covington is always pretty good. Haywood has got a squad. They’re really good. The other teams, we’re going to be traveling an hour to go play.
“We’ve just have to continue to improve fundamentally,” he concluded. “It’s the little things that make the difference of the team who is going to win.”
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