The Greenacres Lady Mustangs and Benton Lady Tigers top the Bossier Parish middle school girls basketball district standings.
Greenacres took sole possession of first place in the eighth-grade district with a 29-19 victory Elm Grove Thursday. The Lady Mustangs improved to 4-0 in district. The Lady Eagles dropped to 3-1 and are tied for second with Benton.
In other eighth-grade games Thursday, Benton defeated Rusheon 31-20 and Cope downed Haughton 27-18.
Benton stayed undefeated in seventh-grade district play with a 33-22 victory over Rusheon. In other seventh-grade games, Haughton got past Cope 32-26 and Greenacres edged Elm Grove 20-15.
At Elm Grove, Ladayjah Means led a balanced Greenacres eighth-grade squad with nine points. Traciona Russell added seven. Brooklyn Sutton and J’nhaudika Cook had six each.
Madeline Grunewald paced the Lady Eagles with 11 points.
Ski Thompson led the victorious Lady Mustangs seventh-graders with eight points. Amaar Shihadeh and Ashanti Floyd combined for nine.
Madison Collins led Elm Grove with eight points.
At Cope, Brooklyn Brandon led the victorious Lady Cougars eighth-grade team with 14 points. Caitlyn Ward topped Haughton with eight.
Takaiyah Sweeney led the Haughton seventh-grade squad to the win with 16 points. Shelby Roy also gave the Lady Bucs a spark. Keiarra McCoy paced Cope with 16.
At Benton, Emily Ward scored 13 points to lead the Lady Tigers eighth-graders to the win. Coach Mary Jo Duddy said Ward also handled Rusheon’s defensive pressure well.
Abbie Wynn, Georgia Carroway and Morgan Bradford contributed to the win with their rebounding, Duddy said. Karmeisha Bradley, Abby Colvin and Savannah Powell played well defensively.
Essence Walpool led the Lady Rams with six points and Mel’quazia Lewis scored five.
Te’Quaza Chambers continued her outstanding season for the Benton seventh-grade squad with 19 points. She also played stellar defense, Duddy said.
Madi Simms scored six points, including 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Claire Ambrose, Emily Cox and Mar’Kayla Clark played tough defense, Duddy said.
Kelcee Marshall poured in 13 points to lead Rusheon. Crystal Norton added five.
The first round of district play ends Monday. Greenacres hosts Haughton, Benton hosts Elm Grove and Cope hosts Rusheon.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org