The Benton Lady Tigers seventh-grade team suffered their first loss of the season, 20-19, against the Rusheon Lady Rams Monday.
But the Lady Tigers still clinched the district title thanks to the Cope Lady Cougars’ 42-34 victory over the Haughton Lady Bucs.
Benton dropped to 8-1 with one game to play. The Lady Tigers lead Haughton and Rusheon by two games.
In the other seventh-grade game Monday, Greenacres got past Elm Grove 21-14. In a makeup seventh-grade game Tuesday, Rusheon defeated Greenacres.
Benton and Greenacres are tied for the eighth-grade district lead with one game to play.
Benton defeated Rusheon and Greenacres downed Elm Grove Monday. In the other eighth-grade game, Cope defeated Haughton 32-19. In a makeup game Tuesday, Greenacres defeated Rusheon.
At Rusheon, Kelcee Marshall scored eight points and Sha’derika Venious added six to lead the Lady Rams seventh-grade team to the win.
Crystal Norton and Jada Hardy combined for six points.
Rusheon coach Cedric Washington said Kendal Williams had some key rebounds and Hardy hit some clutch free throws.
Te’Quaza Chambers led Benton with 13 points. Mar’Kayla Clark, Claire Ambrose and Alisa Harris combined for six.
Benton coach Mary Jo Duddy said Madi Simms and Emily Cox rebounded well
Abbie Wynn paced the Benton eighth-grade team with 14 points with most of those coming off offensive rebounds.
Emily Ward and Morgan Bradford combined for 11.
Georgia Carroway and Mackenzie Chaffin crashed the boards, Duddy said. Savannah Powell, Abby Colvin and Rylie Roberson played tough pressure defense, Duddy said.
Duddy also said Ward “handled the ball beautifully” against full-court pressure defense and had several assists.
Mercedes Martin led Rusheon with eight points. Essence Walpool, Mel’quazia Lewis and Er’nijch Hardy combined for four.
At Haughton, Keiarra McCoy scored a seventh-grade district season high 33 points in Cope’s seventh-grade win. She was 20-of-27 from the free throw line. Kari Smith added four points.
Nicole Landry topped Haughton with 12 points, and Takaiyah Sweeney added seven.
Brooklyn Brandon scored 10 points and Ta’mayah McMillon and Emily Francis had eight each to lead the victorious Cope eighth-graders.
Haley Davis led Haughton with seven points. Graceanna Slayton and Caitlyn Ward added four each.
At Greenacres, Anwaar Shihadeh paced the victorious Lady Mustangs’ seventh-graders with eight points. Deshounia Davis and Ski Thompson combined for nine.
Jordan Dukes, Madison Collins and Lexi Cox combined for 10 points for Elm Grove.
Ladayjah Means led a balanced Greenacres eighth-grade squad with eight points. Traciona Russell and J’nhaudika Cook helped the Lady Mustangs’ cause with six each.
Shanna Abdeljabar and Traclyn Bell combined for six for the Lady Eagles.
At Rusheon Tuesday, 11 Lady Mustangs scored in the Greenacres eighth-grade team’s win. Russell led the way with eight points and Dantria Stewart had five.
Lewis paced Rusheon with seven points. Essence Walpool and Jasonna Rone combined for five.
Marshall poured in 17 points for the victorious Rusheon seventh-graders. Venious added nine, Kandice Sweeney six and Norton five.
Shihadeh led Greenacres with nine points.
Lady Kats Invitational: The Benton eighth-grade team won the Bossier Federal Credit Union Lady Kats Middle School Invitational played Friday and Saturday at Bossier.
Benton defeated rival Greenacres in the semifinals behind Ward’s 13 points and Wynn’s 12. Carroway and Bradford combined for 14 points. Powell and Colvin played “tremendous defense,” Duddy said. Chaffin scored four points off the bench and rebounded well.
Benton defeated the Rusheon eighth-grade team in the finals.