Trojans eager to battle in second half

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After battling through multiple tournaments over the holidays, the Carrollton High School boys’ basketball team is looking to storm back into Region 7-AAAAA strong tonight at 7:30 p.m. when hitting the road to face Woodland, Cartersville.

The Trojans experienced their fair share of highs and lows throughout the first half of the 2018-19 campaign, entering tonight’s region matchup with an 8-6 mark.

Kicking off league play with an exciting 48-45 home win over rival Villa Rica on Dec. 4, CHS won four of its next five contests throughout the month before going 1-2 in its own Carrollton Christmas Tournament and splitting a pair of contests in last week’s Campbell Holiday Tournament.

Throughout the winter, longtime head coach Tim Criswell has leaned on an experienced starting five that includes returning veterans like junior Marcellious Lockett, senior Jeff Hodges and senior Ricky Rodriguez.

In the aforementioned matchup with VR, Lockett made a significant impact by kicking it out to Hodges for the game-winning three with only seconds remaining in the ballgame.

Afterward, coach Criswell commended his lead scorer on his willingness to get others involved, a trait that he’s confident will help the team down the road.

“I told him that’s very unselfish for you to make that decision that you think you can get someone else a good shot,” Criswell said. “That’s a guy who wants to win for his team rather than win for himself.”

Also contributing heavily to the Black and Gold lineup has been junior forward Melvin Edwards. He stands as one of several players that hopes to play a significant role towards the Trojans’ success moving forward.

“By the end of the year, we could have some depth,” Criswell said. “Isaiah Lancaster will be a guy that definitely helps us on the glass. He can shoot, he plays hard and he’ll give us the same effort like he did in football. Jamisen Winters is a guy that plays with a lot of intensity. He’s just a sophomore, so this is her first year of getting playing time. You add Kevin Swint, who will be another guy to watch. Chris Davis is another senior who had knee surgery and we’re going to get him back in January we hope. He’s another guard that can help us.”

With a 5-1 record in region, the Trojans enter the home stretch of the regular season sitting just one game out of first place in the 7-AAAAA standings and will face battles with East Paulding, Villa Rica and Hiram over the next week.

Entering the gauntlet, the legendary Trojan head coach feels good about this bunch’s commitment to playing a full team game.

“I feel good about the team, their attitude and their togetherness,” Criswell said. “Nobody is selfish and they just all want to win and do it together.”