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Girls basketball: Season gets under way with split decisions

Russell Hedges



The Bossier Parish middle school girls district basketball season got under way Monday with three split decisions.

In seventh-grade action, Elm Grove defeated Cope 22-15, Benton downed Greenacres 23-15 and Haughton edged Rusheon 15-13.

In eighth-grade games, Cope dropped Elm Grove 41-22, Greenacres defeated Benton 22-3, and Rusheon got past Haughton 26-20.

At Cope, Madeline Gruenwald led the victorious Lady Eagles seventh-grade team with eight points. Marianne Gonzalez added six.

Jaisha Banks tossed in nine points to lead Cope, and Brooklyn Brandon had four.

Chloe Walker poured in 18 points to lead the Lady Cougars eighth-grade squad to the win.

Courtney Walker scored 13 points, and Jasmyne Dawson had eight.

Elm Grove’s Kaylan Coker scored in double figures with 11 points. Dionishia Wilson added six.

At Benton, the Lady Tigers rallied from a 13-5 halftime deficit for the seventh-grade victory.

Emily Ward led the way with 13 points. Morgan Bradford and Abbie Wynn combined for six.

Benton coach Mary Jo Duddy said Savannah Powell and Madison Breazeale played outstanding defense with numerous steals. Mackenzie Chaffin had a key basket off the bench in the second quarter.

Traciona Russell led Greenacres with six points, and Brookyln Sutton had five. Coach Brittany Frazier said Jnhaudika Cook and Kourtnee White played outstanding defense.

Camila Rodriguez led the Lady Mustangs to the eighth-grade victory with 11 points. Brittney Roberson and Samone Thomas combined for eight. Frazier said Emily Burns had multiple steals.

Mackenzie McEntee and Malorie Gill combined for Benton’s points. Duddy said Breelea Johnson, Taylor Ennis and Brittany McLelland hustled on defense throughout the game.

At Rusheon, Caitlyn Ward, Reneshia Phillips and Andrea Ebarb combined for 13 points in the Lady Bucs’ seventh-grade victory.

Essence Walpool led Rusheon with seven points, and Mel Lewis added four. Coach Cedric Washington said Jamie Rhone and Ty’mya Poole played well defensively.

Crishawnna Jones topped the Rusheon eighth-graders with 10 points, five rebounds and five blocks. Destiny Thomas had seven points, eight rebounds and four steals.

Champagne Dennis and Megan Myers scored five apiece for the Haughton eighth-graders. Keeana Barber scored three points and showed great hustle, her coach said.


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