By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The objective was win and earn a home game to start the 2016 district tournament.
Millington Lady Trojans Head Coach Bruce Marshall’s girls jumped out to a huge lead early Feb. 9 to cruise to a 46-34 victory over the Jackson North Side Lady Indians.
With the win, Millington improved to 6-6 in league play to earn the fourth seed in this week’s district tournament. And the victory also gave the Lady Trojans another game in the William Osteen Gymnasium.
The Lady Indians arrived to the William Osteen Gymnasium as underdogs. And the host Lady Trojans lived up to their role as favorites jumping out to a 15-2 advantage after one quarter.
“I thought the players we needed to be stepping up with the tournament approaching played pretty good tonight,” Marshall said. “They were running sets and looking for others. And it showed on the scoreboard tonight.”
Millington grabbed a 6-0 lead courtesy of senior Glenda Garner and junior Tamia Aldridge in the post. After a Lady Indian bucket, the Lady Trojans closed out the opening quarter with a 9-0 run.
Millington senior guard Keyona Johnson ended the scoring outburst with a three-pointer.
The Lady Trojans kept up the intensity on the defensive side in the second quarter holding JNS to 4 points. Meanwhile Millington put 16 points on the scoreboard starting with a Tazerria House foul shot and put-back bucket.
The Lady Trojans went ahead 20-2 when Johnson made a steal and raced toward the other end for a layup.
With the score 24-4, Millington got a long baseline jumper from Trevona DeSouza. Then her fellow backcourt mate Jherika Brown closed out the first half with 5 points.
After the senior canned a pair of free throws, Brown hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer to make the halftime score 31-6.
Marshall used the second half as a chance to play his entire roster to build experience before the tournament. Millington tallied 8 points in the third quarter and 7 points in the fourth quarter to earn the 12-point victory. The win set up a date with the Ripley Lady Tigers this past Tuesday to start the district tournament.
“Their post player has gone for 20 points each time we played her,” Marshall concluded. “And they have a point guard and other solid players. They have just enough fire power to where if we don’t play our best, our season can come to an end.”