The Elm Grove Lady Eagles and Cope Lady Cougars are closing in on Bossier Parish middle school girls basketball district titles.
Elm Grove improved to 7-0 in the eighth-grade district with a 31-16 victory over Cope Monday. The Lady Eagles have a two-game lead with three to play and can clinch a share of the title with a victory over Rusheon at home Thursday.
Haughton (5-2) is in second place followed by Benton (4-3).
In the other eighth-grade games Monday, Greenacres slipped past Benton 28-24 and Haughton got past Rusheon 43-37.
Cope defeated a scrappy Elm Grove team 35-29, improving to 7-0 in the seventh-grade district. The Lady Cougars have a two-game lead with three to play and can clinch a share of the title with a victory at Greenacres Thursday.
Benton and Haughton are tied for second at 5-2.
In the other seventh-grade games, Benton nipped Greenacres 25-24 in overtime and Haughton defeated Rusheon.
At Cope, Sh’Diamond McKnight tossed in 21 points to lead the Elm Grove eighth-grade squad to the victory. Peyton Pipes added four.
Myrikal Brown and Elizabeth Gatti score four each for Cope.
Cope led for most of the seventh-grade game, building a 19-12 halftime lead. Elm Grove got within three in the fourth quarter. The Lady Cougars’ press helped them preserve the victory.
Cope had balanced scoring. Makenzee Perry led the way with 10 points. Brykayla Hampton added eight and Kori Rice six. Jelyse Davis chipped in with five.
Alexis Williams paced Elm Grove with 22 points. Madison Baker was cited for her defensive play.
At Benton, Toria Brocks and Ainsley Ross tossed in eight points each to lead the victorious Greenacres eighth-grade team.
Carley Jackson, Shanterrica Jones, Haley Vallery, Iyona Miller and Amy Nelson also scored.
Jada Anderson led Benton with 20 points. She also had 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Anna Robins had five rebounds. Ayanna Truitt and Juliet Ibanez played outstanding defense.
Benton’s Riley Grace Stanford sank a basket with 4 seconds left to send the seventh-grade game into overtime.
Ella Kate Malley scored all four of her points in overtime, including the game-winner with 15 seconds left. She also led the Lady Tigers with eight rebounds.
Kennedy Stevens had five points and five rebounds. Stanford, Tahlor Walker and Laci Hedgepeth all had five rebounds.
Cha’Kendell Wyatt, who led Greenacres with 16 points, had a three-point play to give the Lady Mustangs a 3-point lead late in the game.
Kierra Nelson added six points.
At Rusheon, Taralyn Sweeney had another big game for the victorious Haughton eighth-grade team, tossing in 23 points.
Reagan Jorstand and Mia McWilliams combined for nine points. Six other Lady Bucs scored — Jaycie Keith, Annie Chapple, Madison Trujillo, Paisley Reynolds, Kalayna Simpson and Christie Madison.
Alerian Johnson paced Rusheon with 16 points. Amber Conway also had a good game with 14.
Averi Phillips and Brooklynn Bockhaus led the Haughton seventh-grade team to the victory with eight and seven points, respectively.
Janavia Smith helped the Lady Bucs’ cause with six points.
NOTE: The above report is based on information provided by coaches.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org