The Cope Lady Cougars, Benton Lady Tigers and Rusheon Lady Rams won eighth-grade girls basketball district games Monday.
Cope defeated Elm Grove at Cope, Benton topped Greenacres 35-23 at Benton and Rusheon dropped Haughton 34-28 at Rusheon.
In seventh-grade games, Elm Grove downed Cope 39-16, Benton dropped Greenacres and Haughton topped Rusheon 28-23.
At Cope, Brykayla Hampton scored 19 points and Kori Rice added 11 to lead the Lady Cougars eighth-grade team to the victory.
Mikayla Williams had a monster game in Elm Grove’s seventh-grade win, pouring in 28 points.
Reagan Amos topped Cope with six points, and Jania Jones added four.
At Benton, Tahlor Walker led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points in the Lady Tigers’ eighth-grade victory.
Riley Grace Stanford chipped in with eight points. Kennedy Stevens added seven and McKenzie Young five.
Walker and Stanford led the team in rebounding.
Ella Kate Malley and Molly Machen played well defensively. Walker and Stanford were cited for their all-around play.
Cha’Kendel Wyatt scored all of the Lady Mustangs’ 23 points with most of those coming on layups and free throws.
Alayna Brewster played a strong defensive game.
Ryuka Roddy tossed in 15 points to lead the Benton seventh-grade team to the victory. Seven other Lady Tigers combined for 15.
Tate Sellers and Danielle Colemon were the top rebounders.
Marissa Schoth and Jermirica Carper were defensive standouts. Roddy and Addison Graves played well on both ends of the court.
Katie Kent and Destini Jackson led Greenacres.
“Catherine Dupree and Markayla Blade played aggressive defense against a tough team,” coach Karen James said.
At Rusheon, Sanaa Brown had a big game in the Lady Rams eighth-grade win, scoring 28 points. Azyay McLeod added six.
Zahria Shyne poured in 21 points in Haughton’s seventh-grade victory. She hit two 3-pointers in the third quarter and scored 12 points.
Sara White hit a 3-pointer.
Andrea Smallwood and Nijeh Grant scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Rusheon.
NOTE: The above report is compiled from information received from coaches.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org