By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Mission for the Millington Lady Trojans Jan. 12 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.”
Millington’s offense created open looks for guards like Traci Clark. The junior guard drained a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter helping the Lady Trojans take a 18-6 lead.
In the second quarter post players like Glenda Garner, Tamia Aldridge and Tazerria House kicked the ball out to guards Jherika Brown and Marquisha Sanders leading to scoring opportunities.
Brown had 6 points in the second quarter helping the Lady Trojans lead 29-9 at the break.
Millington held the Lady Cougars to 3 points in the second quarter, and the Lady Trojans increased the defensive intensity in the third quarter limiting JCM to 2 points.
Meanwhile Millington tallied 7 points while working on different offensive sets. Clark has another triple during the period.
The Lady Trojans outscored JCM 10-9 in the fourth quarter to pick up a 26-point victory. As the week concluded, Millington completed its first round of games in the new district.
“The league is competitive,” Marshall said. “Haywood is really good. Liberty has as good team with their style of play. They can cause a lot of disruption. Covington has a good team as well.
“I think the kids are starting to get a little more confidence,” he concluded. “Listening to them, they’re kind of looking forward to that rematch with Haywood next Friday night.”