Mission for the Millington Lady Trojans Tuesday night was simple.
Bruce Marshall wanted his team to go out onto the William Osteen Gymnasium court and establish control against district foe Jackson Central Merry. Marshall’s Lady Trojans jumped out to a double-digit lead over the Cougars early leading to a 46-20 victory.
“I would have liked to see our focus be a little bit better,” Marshall acknowledged. “We missed chippy shots and layups that might come back to hunt us if we don’t make them against the better teams. I think we can match up with everybody in the district.
“It just comes down to us executing and focusing,” he added. “Especially in a game like this, we would have pressed them to beat them by 40 or 50. The main goal was to work on our Zone Offense and get the shots we wanted out of it.”
Although the holiday season is over, the Millington Trojans were in the mood to share when the Jackson Central Merry Cougars paid a visit to the Williams Osteen Gymnasium.
The Trojans’ giving nature Tuesday night led to a nail-bitter decision with Millington prevailing 60-57 in the district contest.
“Turnovers,” Millington Head Coach Rob Sabau said. “That was why the game was close. It was the story of the entire game. We turned over the ball nearly 30 times.
“I was happy with our defensive effort,” he continued. “We haven’t been playing hard the last few games. We were feeling sorry for ourselves. We were in a little bit of a funk. We did a lot better defensively and reboundwise. But we turned over the ball a lot, more than we usually do. It was very disconcerting. If we turnover the ball against the better teams, the outcome want be quite the same.”