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Girls basketball: Benton teams setting pace in district play

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The Benton seventh- and eighth-grade teams are setting the pace with one game to go in the first half of the Bossier Parish middle school girls basketball season.

The Benton eighth-graders improved to 4-0 with a hard-fought 39-33 victory over Elm Grove on Monday. The Benton seventh-graders are also 4-0 after defeating Elm Grove 20-9.

In other eighth-grade games, Rusheon edged Cope 39-38 in a thriller and Haughton defeated Greenacres 43-20.

In other seventh-grade games, Cope slipped past Rusheon 11-10 and Haughton defeated Greenacres.

Haughton is one game behind Benton in both the seventh- and eighth-grade districts.

At Haughton, Takaiyah Sweeney poured in 18 points and Crytal Norton had 12 to lead the Lady Bucs eighth-grade team to the victory.

Haughton jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter, but Greenacres came roaring back in the second, outscoring the Lady Bucs 14-2. Haughton pulled away with a big third quarter.

Melanie McGee topped the Lady Mustangs with eight points. Ashlyn Gibson added six and Anwaar Shihadeh five.

Taralyn Sweeney scored 14 points to pace the Lady Bucs seventh-grade team. Paisley Reynolds added six.

Ainsley Ross led Greenacres with five points.

At Elm Grove, Te’Quaza Chambers continued her outstanding season with 19 points for the victorious Benton eighth-graders. She also had five rebounds and played outstanding defense, coaches said.

Alissa Harris added nine points for the Lady Tigers. Claire Ambrose and Mekel Allen combined for eight. Ambrose and Markayla Clark had four rebounds each. Coaches said Ashanti Gavin played tough defense.

Elm Grove, which led 18-15 at the half, got 10 points from Jada Hardy and eight from Madison Collins, including two 3-pointers.

Jada Anderson tossed in 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Benton seventh-grade squad. Anna Robins had 11 rebounds. Coaches cited Anderson and Tamaya Davis for their defensive play.

Isabelle Swanson paced Elm Grove with five points and Bianca Oliver chipped in with four.

At Rusheon, Kelcee Marshall had a big game for Rusheon, scoring 25 points to lead the Lady Rams to the victory. Marshall also stood out for her defensive efforts, coaches said.

Keiarra McCoy led a balanced Cope team with 10 points. Kari Smith and Taaliyah Johnson scored nine each. Shaderika Venious added seven.

Mary Stewart led the victorious Cope seventh-graders with nine points.

Nautyca Batiste led Rusheon with four points. Amber Conway played good defense, coaches said.

Note: The above report is based on information received from coaches.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com