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Bruce Loose: Lady Cougar’s career night sparks win in Millington

By Thomas Sellers Jr.
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Munford Lady Cougar Camryn Bruce launches one of her 9 made three-pointers Friday night over Millington defender Taylor Payne. Bruce finished with 29 points in the win over the Lady Trojans.

Munford Lady Cougar Camryn Bruce launches one of her 9 made three-pointers Friday night over Millington defender Taylor Payne. Bruce finished with 29 points in the win over the Lady Trojans.

It’s clear to see the strength of the Munford Lady Cougars.
The advantage Steve Poindexter’s squad brings to the court each night towers over the competition with Deja Potter, Aliyah Lee and Gabby Crawford. While the trio of post players have been solid throughout the season, the Munford backcourt of players like Mary Richardson, Maiya Reed, Camryn Bruce and Kennisha Mason have been battling injuries and inexperience as the process of establishing a well-rounded team continues.
Friday night in the William Osteen Gymnasium, the Lady Cougars got a glimpse of firing on all cylinders against the rival Millington Lady Trojans. Behind 9 three-pointer from junior Bruce, the Lady Cougars defeated Millington 62-13.
“We’ve talked about this quite a bit,” Poindexter said. “And we’ve talked about how important it is for us to have guards who can spot up and shoot it, to make open shots. Everyone is going to try to pack it in and come up with some kind of plan to keep us from getting the ball inside.
“That’s where we can really hurt you,” he added. “But where we could become really dangerous is with people who could spot up on the perimeter or drive it.”
Bruce’s game-high 29 points balanced out Crawford, Potter and Lee throughout the night. Bruce made the first  field goal of the night with a triple.
Lady Trojan senior guard Keyanna Jones scored 5 of Millington’s 7 first quarter points with a drive to the rim and a three-pointer. Meanwhile Munford had contributions from Lee with a bucket in the post, Potter foul shots and another Bruce trey. Munford was ahead 12-7 entering the second quarter.
The Lady Cougars outscored Millington 20-4 in the second quarter with Bruce making two more three-pointers. The bulk of Munford’s scoring in the second quarter came courtesy of Lee making baskets in the paint and at the free-throw line.
Munford’s 32-11 halftime lead grew to 52-13 by the end of the third quarter. Bruce kept up her hot shooting with three more triples. Crawford gave the Lady Cougar offense an addition boost with 9 points in the period, including a 7-point stretch that made the tally 46-11.
In the fourth quarter Bruce added 8 points to her overall total making a put-back bucket and the final two triples of the evening.
“I told you this the entire time, she can make shots,” Poindexter concluded. “She just has to have the confidence in what she’s doing. She’s been shooting the ball pretty well. She made 9 threes tonight. None of them were forced. They were wide open shots that our guards are going to get. You have to give credit to our post players for creating that.”

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