The Greenacres Lady Mustangs and Benton Lady Tigers shared the Bossier Parish middle school eighth-grade girls basketball district championship.
Both teams won season finales Thursday to finish 9-1. Greenacres defeated Haughton and Benton downed Elm Grove 38-28. Elm Grove finished third at 6-4. In the other eighth-grade finale, Cope topped Rusheon 43-29.
The district champion Benton seventh-grade team completed a 9-1 season with a dominating win over Elm Grove. The Haughton Lady Bucs and Rusheon Lady Rams finished tied for second at 7-3. The Lady Bucs defeated Greenacres and the Lady Rams dropped Cope 34-23. Cope finished fourth at 5-5.
At Elm Grove, Emily Ward scored 16 points and Abbie Wynn 14 to lead the Benton eighth-grade squad. Morgan Bradford scored four points and grabbed several rebounds, coach Mary Jo Duddy said.
Duddy said Abby Colvin and Savannah Powell both played outstanding defense. Georgia Carroway and Mackenzie Chaffin also contributed to the victory, Duddy said.
Benton finished 19-1 in district play over the last two seasons.
Maddie Grunewald, who had a very good season, scored 14 points to lead the Lady Eagles. Shanna Abdeljabar added eight.
Mar’Kayla Clark had a double-double for the Benton seventh-graders, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Te’Quaza Chambers, who had an outstanding season, tossed in 10 points.
Coniya Butler, Danielle Asbell, Claire Ambrose, Ashanti Gavin, Emily Cox and Madi Simms all scored for the Lady Tigers. Lexi Carper and Olivia Turner did an outstanding job rebounding and played great defense, Duddy said.
Lexi Cox led Elm Grove with six points.
At Haughton, Ladayjah Means, who had a great season, scored nine points for the victorious Greenacres eighth-grade squad. Brooklyn Sutton chipped in with six.
Nicole Landry, Taikayah Sweeney and Taylor Brokenberry all scored eight points to lead the victorious Haughton seventh-grade team.
At Rusheon, Brooklyn Brandon led the Cope eighth-grade team to the victory with 14 points. Erica Loeak added 13 and Emily Francis 11.
Mel’quazia Lewis and Mercedes Martin scored 10 points each to lead Rusheon. Jasonna Rone scored six. Er’nijch Hardy scored three points and rebounded well, coach Cedric Washington said.
Crystal Norton, another player who had a very good season, paced the victorious Rusheon seventh-graders with 16 points. Kelcee Marshall, who also shined throughout the season, added eight.
Jada Hardy, Sha’derika Venious and Kandice Sweeney combined for 10 points. Kendall Williams did a great job rebounding on both ends of the floor, Washington said.
Keiarra McCoy, who led Cope throughout the season, topped the Lady Cougars with 13 points, and Kari Smith had four.
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