Lady Mavs not taking anything for granted against Hallsville
Jan. 12, 2018 at 4 a.m.
Prior to tipoff of tonight's game between the Marshall Lady Mavs and the Hallsville Ladycats, Marshall head coach Garren Green will gather with his squad to discuss the game plan and strategies in order to earn a victory.
"Before every game, we all talk together and we say what our team should do together and what we need to do ourselves," Marshall senior Kaila Tatum said. "I've learned there's way more preparation for games than I ever imagined."
The Lady Mavs are 1-4 in District 16-5A play as they'll go up against the Hallsville Ladycats who are in search of their first district win with a record of 0-5. Green said Hallsville's record is worrisome.
"I'm expecting them to come in hungry," Green explained. "I'm expecting them to come in and play well, so we've got to play well. I'm more worried about them than I am the ones who are undefeated. We can't take anything for granted."
Tatum added the keys to getting a victory are, "staying focused before the game and during the game, speaking on the court and maintaining a good vibe."
"Just play harder than them," Green continued. "We've got to execute better. I thought we played well at times the other. We got back into the ballgame and had the lead but the lead kind of flip flopped back and forth. We kind of made mistakes the other night, stuff that an inexperienced team does."
Tatum, who has played basketball all four years, brings experience to the table.
"She brings senior leadership," Green said. "She's been around the program. Tatum knows what to do and she rebounds the ball well. She had some good rebounds the other night."
The senior first started playing basketball in junior high.
"I had never even really heard of basketball until junior high," she said. "My coach made me play because I was tall and I eventually started liking it."
She liked it enough to stick with it and she now has many fond memories of playing the game.
"One of my favorite games, I was sick for like four weeks and I came back and played a really good game," Tatum said. "I scored like 15 or 16 points. That was the most I scored all year. That was last year."
She's also learned many life lessons through the game.
"If you keep pushing yourself, you will reach your goals," she said. "If you give up on it, you won't ever reach them. The more you make excuses, the more you won't succeed."
After high school, Tatum plans to study psychology at the University of North Texas. The idea of this being her senior year has hits closer to home as she gets deeper into the season.
"As the season has kept going, it's like, 'This is it,'" Tatum offered. "We've got to do something now. I'm not going to have another opportunity. As long as we play together, we can make it to the playoffs."
A win tonight could go a long way in making that happen.
"It's a big game," Green said. "We've got to have this one to stay in the race. We've got to have it, got to have it."
Tonight's action is slated to begin with the JV at 5 p.m. and will immediately be followed by the varsity.