On the eve of the first big winter event of 2016, a few residents of Haywood County and Millington entered the warm William Osteen Gymnasium for some basketball.
The district contest between the Haywood Lady Tomcats and Millington Lady Trojans was moved up day with the expectations of inclement weather hitting West Tennessee Friday morning. Thursday night was a chance for the Lady Tomcats led by sophomore sensation Jamirah Shutes to get a second win over Millington.
The Lady Trojans were out for revenge after losing to Haywood on Dec. 15. Millington was in position for victory only trailing 20-13 after the first quarter.
Then the Lady Tomcats achieved a double-digit lead in the second quarter and maintained it until the final buzzer winning 66-41.
Maybe an extra day of preparation would have been useful for the Millington Trojans.
But with wintry weather expected to move into the area Friday morning, the district showdown between the Trojans and defending State champions the Haywood County Tomcats was moved to Thursday night.
The Trojans’ game plan was in full effect early on in the William Osteen Gymnasium with Millington taking a 14-11 lead into the second quarter. The contest remained close throughout the second quarter with the Trojans only behind 23-22 at the break.
Then the Tomcats turned up the defensive pressure in the second half building a 38-30 lead after 24 minutes of action. Haywood held Millington to just 8 points in the fourth quarter to prevail 55-38.