The Benton Lady Tigers clinched a share of the Bossier Parish middle school girls basketball seventh-grade district title with a 34-24 victory over the Haughton Lady Bucs Thursday.
Benton improved to 8-0 in district play. The Lady Tigers have a two-game lead over Haughton with two to play.
In other seventh-grade games, Rusheon defeated Elm Grove 23-6 and Cope downed Greenacres 37-16.
Benton and Greenacres remained in a virtual tie for the eighth-grade district lead with victories. The Lady Tigers downed Haughton 32-10 and the Lady Mustangs topped Cope 41-17. Benton is 7-1 in district play and Greenacres is 6-1. Greenacres will make up a game against Rusheon Dec. 9.
In the other eighth-grade game, Elm Grove edges Rusheon 31-27 in overtime.
At Benton, Te’Quaza Chambers scored 14 points to lead the victorious Lady Tigers seventh-graders. Alisa Harris and Mar’Kayla Clark combined for 15 points. Madi Simms and Ashanti Gavin were strong rebounders, coach Mary Jo Duddy said. Claire Ambrose and Emily Cox were tough on the defensive end.
Emily Ward led the Lady Tigers eighth-graders with 14 points. Morgan Bradford and Abbie Wynn combined for 13 with many of those coming off offensive rebounds. Savannah Powell, Abby Colvin and Georgia Carroway played good defense, Duddy said, and Mackenzie Chaffin rebounded well.
At Cope, Keiarra McCoy continued her outstanding season with 18 points to lead the Lady Cougars seventh-grade team to the win. Haley Richardson added eight.
Amwaar Shihadeh topped the Lady Mustangs with eight points.
Ladayjah Means led the victorious Greenacres eighth-grade squad with 14 points. J’nhaudika Cook was close behind with 12. Traciona Russell and Paris Greenard combined for 11.
Brooklyn Brandon paced Cope with eight points, and Jaisha Banks added four.
At Elm Grove, Kelcee Marshall led the Rusheon seventh-graders to the win with 14 points. Sha’derika Venious helped the Lady Rams’ cause with five.
Madison Collins and Jasmine Ford had three points each for the Lady Eagles.
Mia Trapp tossed in 12 points and Taniya Aldridge added 10 to lead the Elm Grove eighth-graders to the victory.
Mel’quazia Lewis scored 11 points and Mercedes Martin added 10 for Rusheon. W. Kimble chipped in with five.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com