The Benton Lady Tigers clinched the Bossier Parish middle school girls eighth-grade district basketball title with a victory over Elm Grove on Thursday at Benton.
Benton improved to 8-1 and has a two-game lead over Rusheon and Haughton with one to play.
In other eighth-grade games Thursday, Rusheon edged Cope 37-33 in overtime and Haughton defeated Greenacres.
Benton and Haughton remained tied for first in the seventh-grade district. The Lady Tigers defeated Elm Grove 25-13 and the Lady Bucs downed Greenacres 24-14.
Benton and Haughton both improved to 8-1. The Lady Tigers visit Cope and the Lady Bucs host Elm Grove in season finales on Monday.
In the other seventh-grade game, Rusheon defeated Cope 23-14.
At Benton, Te’Quaza Chambers scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Benton eighth-grade team to the victory. Claire Ambrose added 10 points. Alisa Harris and Madi Sims scored six each.
Markayla Clark had 10 rebounds. Coaches said Emily Cox and Harris both played outstanding defense.
Madison Collins and Kendall Williams led Elm Grove with four points each.
Jada Anderson continued her outstanding season with 15 points for the victorious Benton seventh-graders. Anna Robins scored six points and grabbed four rebounds.
Mercedes Bengs had eight rebounds, Anderson five and Tamaya Davis four. Davis was also cited for her defensive play by coaches.
Alex Foster and Bianca Oliver scored four points each for Elm Grove.
At Greenacres, Taralyn Sweeney continued her outstanding season, scoring 14 points for the victorious Haughton seventh-grade team.
Toria Brooks topped the Lady Mustangs with eight points. Shanterrica Jones added four.
Keri’ana Green led the Greenacres eighth-grade team with four points. Anwaar Shihadeh and Melanie McGhee combined for 6.
At Cope, Kelcee Marshall led the Rusheon eighth-graders with 20 points in the hard-fought overtime victory. She also played tough defense, coaches said.
Keiarra McCoy paced the Lady Cougars with 13 points. Kari Smith also had a good game with nine points. Taaliyah Johnson added seven points.
Nyasia Hardy led Rusheon in scoring in the seventh-grade victory. Shydestiny Davis played tough defense, coaches said.
Ashley Lee topped Cope with seven points.
Note: The above report is based on information provided by coaches.