By Thomas Sellers Jr.
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.
Covington build on its 15-13 lead entering the second quarter with a 15-0 run. Lady Trojan Bria Barnes finally ended Millington drought with a jumper at the minute and 25-second mark of the second quarter.
Both squads scored 13 points in the third quarter. And Covington held Millington to 6 points in the fourth quarter while scoring 16 points to earn the 27-point win.
Marshall said his club is still learning its new league moving from Class 3A to 2A this season. While the rest of the league is familiar with each other, the Lady Trojans are going through their first run against teams like Covington, Haywood and Ripley.
The leader of the Lady Trojans said he was impressed by the leadership of his upperclassmen like Garner and Tamia Aldridge in the contest against Covington. And he added in defeat he saw some victories.
“I though Tracie, filling in for Jherika, stepped up,” he concluded. “She wasn’t scared to bring the ball up the floor. Even though we’re still losing, I can see certain players growing up a little bit. Glenda is taking more responsibility. That is going to help us down the road.”