Girls basketball: Benton sweeps, other schools split as district play begins

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The Benton Lady Tigers swept the Cope Lady Cougars in seventh- and eighth-grade games as the Bossier Parish middle school girls’ basketball district season tipped off Monday.
The Lady Tigers won the seventh-grade game 29-23 and the eighth-grade game 39-21.
Elsewhere, the Rusheon Lady Rams and Greenacres Lady Mustangs split games as did the Haughton Lady Bucs and Elm Grove Lady Eagles.
Rusheon won the eighth-grade game 25-5 and Greenacres won the eighth 37-6. Elm Grove won the eighth-grade game 22-5 and Haughton won the seventh 31-10.
At Cope, Emily Ward and Abbie Wynn scored 10 points apiece to lead the Benton eighth-graders. Ward also grabbed nine rebounds.
Savannah Powell and Georgia Carroway combined for 13 points. Coach Mary Jo Duddy said Morgan Bradford and Abby Colvin played tough defense.
Brooklyn Brandon led the Lady Cougars with 14 points.
Te’Quaza Chambers led the Benton seventh-graders with 14 points. Claire Ambrose and Alisa Harris combined for 11. Duddy said Emily Cox and Madi Simms worked hard on defense in the paint.
Kari Smith topped Cope with 13 points and Keiarra McCoy added six.
At Greenacres, Jhnaudika Cook led the eighth-grade Lady Mustangs to the win with 10 points. Ladayjah Means added seven and Zakiya Johnson had five.­
Mercedes Martin scored four to lead Rusheon.
Sha’Derika Venious led the Rusheon seventh-grade squad with eight points. Kelcee Marshall chipped in with six and Crystal Norton had five. Coach Cedric Washington said Kendall Williams and Kandice Sweeney both did an outstanding job on the boards.
Greenacres’ Anwaar Shihadeh scored three points.
At Elm Grove, Madeline Grunewald paced the victorious Lady Eagles eighth-grade team with 11 points. Shanna Abdeljabar and Traclyn Bell both had four.
Caitlyn Ward and Kaycee Hernandez combined for five points for Haughton.
Takaiyah Sweeney led the Haughton seventh-graders with 14 points. Taylor Brokenberry, Brooke Baker and Nicole Landry combined for 15.
Madison Collins led Elm Grove with four points.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com