The night started off well for the Millington Lady Trojans.
The scoreboards in the William Osteen Gymnasium made that evident Friday night with the Lady Trojans ahead 10-2 in the early moments against the Covington Lady Chargers.
At the 3-minute and 40-second mark of the first quarter Lady Trojan senior Glenda Garner used a spin move for a three-point play giving Millington a 13-5 advantage. Then two words doomed the Lady Trojans.
“Foul trouble,” Millington Head Coach Bruce Marshall said. “We were already short Jherika (Brown) how starts for us. She had to get some screws taken out of her hip. Especially when Quisha gets into foul trouble, that hurts us.
“She’s our most aggressive ball handler,” he added. “And as aggressively as Covington presses, we needed her out there on the floor.”
Marquisha Sanders’ absence the rest of the first half allowed the Lady Chargers to outscore Millington 10-0 the rest of the first quarter. Covington was ahead 32-15 at the break and proceeded to win the contest 61-34.
The Millington Trojans are now members of District 15-2A.
Friday night the closest rival in the new league paid a visit to the William Osteen Gymnasium. And a familiar foe emerged as the Achilles’ heel for Rob Sabau’s Trojans.
While Millington was a member of District 14-3A, one of its area rivals and Region opponents was the Munford Cougars. From 2012-14, Reggie Holmes was a point guard for the Cougars getting a chance to get to know the Trojans.
Now a senior guard for the Chargers, Holmes displayed his defensive skills, outside shooting and ability to drive to the rim for 25 points in a 77-54 win over Millington.