The latest showdown between the rival Munford Lady Cougars and Millington Lady Trojans featured two teams with sub .500 records.
With both team looking to climb back toward a winning record, it was the host Lady Cougars Friday night that lit up the Munford Gymnasium scoreboard. Steve Poindexter’s Munford squad improved to 4-5 on the season beating the Lady Trojans 60-19.
“People have to understand, this is not a very inexperienced group,” Poindexter acknowledged. “They’ve only played 9 games together. Anytime you have a new group of people having to take on new roles of carrying the load and leadership, you’ll be in tough situations.
“There’s a learning curve,” he added. “We’ve played some tough teams earlier. We got beat in overtime at Bartlett. We got beat by Houston, who is probably the best team in Memphis. We got beat on the road in the first game of the year at USJ. And they’re undefeated. They’ve beaten everybody.”
BOYS BASKETBALL: MILLINGTON 50 MUNFORD 54
The Ryan Ross Era at Munford High School started off slowly.
But as the calendar turned over from November to December, Ross’ Munford Cougars have transformed a 0-4 record into a winning mark at 5-4. The latest Munford victory came courtesy of the rival Millington Trojans Friday night in the Munford Gymnasium 54-50.
After losing their first four games, the Cougars have rallied off five straight beating notable teams like Covington and Dyersburg.
Ross said the transformation for his ball club was simple.
“It starts in practice,” he said. “They are an extremely competitive group of guys. Give them all the credit for going after it hard in practice. And now it is translating over into the games. Plus our seniors finally decided they were tired of losing.”