The 2015 middle school girls basketball district season got underway Thursday.
In eighth-grade games, Cope defeated Elm Grove 35-21, Benton downed Greenacres 35-9 and Haughton edged Rusheon 27-25.
In seventh-grade games, Elm Grove downed Cope 18-11, Benton defeated Greenacres 25-16 and Haughton knocked off Rusheon 30-20.
At Benton, Te’Quaza Chambers tossed in a game-high 16 points to lift the Benton eighth-graders to the victory. Alisa Harris added seven points and Claire Ambrose four.
Markayla Clark and Ashanti Gavin grabbed three rebounds each. Chambers was also a defensive standout, coaches said.
Falyn Holmes, Brittany Washburn and Anaar Sahada all scored for Greenacres.
Jada Anderson pumped in 19 points and Anna Robbins grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Lady Tigers seventh-graders to the win. Robbins and Juliet Ibanez combined for six points. Mercedes Bengs had three rebounds.
Coaches said Tamaya Davis and Anderson came up big on defense.
Iyona Miller led Greenacres with five points and Ainsley Ross had four. Shanterrica Jones, Toria Brooks and Amy Nelson combined for six.
At Cope, Keiarra McCoy poured in 13 points and Taaliyah Johnson added eight in the Lady Cougars’ eighth-grade win.
Madison Collins tossed in nine points to lead Elm Grove. Jordan Dukes and Jada Hardy combined for eight.
Isabelle Swanson and Bianca Oliver combined for 10 points in the Lady Eagles’ seventh-grade victory.
Katie Curtis and Carmen Pickett led Cope with four points each.
At Rusheon, Takaiyah Sweeney scored 17 points in Haughton’s close eighth-grade victory. She was clutch at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, making nine of 11.
Kelcee Marshall led Rusheon with 11 points. D. Davis and R. Randle combined for 10.
Taralyn Sweeney poured in 13 points to lead the Lady Bucs’ seventh-grade team.
Kaylayna Simpson and Reagan Jorstad combined for nine.
ShyDestiny Davis topped Rusheon with six points. Nautyea Bastiste added five, including a 3-pointer.
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