The last time the Lady Trojans stepped out onto a basketball court they lost a close game to a tough Lexington team despite having a 20-point lead. The team has had 10 days to think about that disappointing loss and it translated into an offensive explosion as they routed district rival Crockett County 84-38.
The Dyersburg girls were led by Chari Swift who scored a career-high 25 points. Swift dominated in the paint, as the Lady Cavaliers were unable to stop her repeated drives to the basket in addition to well-timed passes from Swift's teammates for easy points.
"Chari showed that when her motor is as high as it was tonight, she's as good as anyone in this league," said head coach Randy Coffman.
Coffman says that after graduating a senior-laden squad last year he has been looking for someone to take the torch and be a leader on the team. Swift, he says, took huge steps in that direction on Tuesday night. Swift was not alone as Emily Bennett came off the bench and scored 22 points including five of six from downtown. Her first four 3's, were nothing but net to the delight of the excited crowd.
"We asked Emily to be a spark off the bench and that's exactly what she was for us tonight," said Coffman.
Coffman also had high praise for his leading scorer on the season Myah Taylor, who was contained to just six points on the night, but also had eight assists and six rebounds. The sophomore showed a lot of poise throughout the game after being contained early on by the Lady Cavaliers.
"It's no secret that Myah is one of the better players in our district, but she grew up tonight with the way she saw the floor," said Coffman.
According to Coffman, the Lady Trojans still have work to do on the defensive side of the ball despite accumulating 25 deflections in the game after a sluggish start on defense.
"We still have work to do there," said Coffman. "We're trying to focus on the defensive side of the ball and getting better."
Coffman acknowledges that it does not get any easier for the Lady Trojans as they play three of the best teams in the state in their next three games beginning with Westview on Friday night.