The Benton Lady Tigers clinched a share of the Bossier Parish middle school seventh-grade district title with a 37-9 victory over Rusheon Thursday night at Benton.
The Lady Tigers improved to 8-0 and have a two-game lead over Greenacres with two to play. Greenacres defeated Elm Grove 20-14 Monday.
In the other seventh-grade game, Cope downed Haughton 34-27.
Rusheon regained the lead in the eighth-grade district with a 19-11 victory over Benton.
Cope knocked Haughton out of a tie for first with a 37-31 victory over the Lady Bucs. In the other eighth-grade game, Elm Grove slipped past Greenacres 16-15.
Rusheon improved to 6-2 and has a one-game lead over Haughton and Elm Grove, both 5-3. Greenacres and Cope are both 4-4.
At Benton, Emily Ward scored in double figures for the eighth straight game to lead the Lady Tigers seventh-graders. She had 13 points and four assists.
Morgan Bradford and Madison Breazeale scored six each. Abbie Wynn and Abby Colvin played outstanding defense, coach MaryJo Duddy said.
Destiny Thomas scored seven points to lead the victorious Rusheon eighth-graders.
Benton’s Mackenzie McEntee and Braylin Shaffer combined for eight points.
Mackenzie Terhune and Malorie Gill played tough defense, and Brittney McLelland was strong on the boards, Duddy said.
At Cope, Brooklyn Brandon and Jaisha Banks scored 15 points each to lead the Lady Cougars seventh-grade team.
Caitlin Ward and Ebarb had nine points each for Haughton.
Chloe Walker led the victorious Cope eighth-graders with 14 points. Jasmyne Dawson added eight, Jalyn Robertson seven and Lauren Daley six.
Robertson scored all of her points in the second quarter and had three big offensive rebounds. Daley also had several key rebounds.
Champagne Dennis topped Haughton with 16 points, and Mayghan Myers had 10.
At Elm Grove, Traciona Russell led the Greenacres seventh-graders to the victory with 14 points. Jhnaudika Cook and Zakiya Johnson combined for six.
Madeline Grunewald paced Elm Grove with six points. Marianna Gonzalez, Tracilyn Bell, Shanna Abdeljabar and Natavia Anthony combined for eight.
Dionisha Wilson, Kaylan Coker and Abbie Norcross all scored four points for the victorious Elm Grove eighth-graders.
Greenacres’ Comuilla Rodriquez scored a game-high 13.