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Middle school girls basketball: Elm Grove, Cope clinch shares of respective district titles

The Elm Grove Lady Eagles and Cope Lady Cougars clinched shares of their respective Bossier Parish middle school girls basketball district championships with victories Thursday.

Elm Grove downed Rusheon 41-26 to improve to 8-0 in the eighth-grade district. The Lady Eagles can clinch the title with a victory over Greenacres at home Monday.

Haughton, which defeated Benton 31-23, is in second at 6-2. In the other eighth-grade game Greenacres downed Cope 33-21.

Cope improved to 8-0 in the seventh-grade district with a 37-20 victory over Greenacres. The Lady Cougars can clinch the title with a victory at Haughton Monday.

Haughton took sole possession of second place with a close 19-16 win over Benton. In the other seventh-grade game, Elm Grove defeated Rusheon.

At Greenacres, Shanterrica Jones scored 10 points and Toria Brocks eight to lead the Lady Mustangs eighth-grade team to the victory.

Ainsley Ross and Ashley Marshall scored six points each. Iyona Miller sank a 3-pointer.

Nautyca Batiste paced Cope with nine points. Katie Curtis and Faith Berger combined for 10.

Brykayla Hampton led the victorious Cope seventh-grade squad with 14 points. Kori Rice added seven and Makenzee Perry six.

Cha’Kendell Wyatt topped Greenacres with 14 points. Kierra Nelson and Keanna Buford-Howard combined for six.

At Benton, Taralyn Sweeney poured in 21 points to lead Haughton to the eighth-grade victory.

Madison Trujillo added seven, including a 3-pointer.

Benton’s Jada Anderson had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Skyler Smith had six rebounds. Shanice Simpson was cited for her defensive play.

Haughton rallied from a 5-point halftime deficit to win the seventh-grade game.

The Lady Bucs had balanced scoring. Averi Phillips led the way with six points. Janavia Smith and Ne’Kel Brewer had four each.

Ella Kate Malley and Riley Grace Stanford scored eight points each for Benton.

Malley, Stanford and Stevens all had six rebounds. Molly Machen and Tahlor Walker played outstanding defense.

At Elm Grove, Sh’Diamond McKnight tallied 23 points to lead the Lady Eagles eighth-grade team to the victory.

Bianca Oliver helped the Elm Grove cause with eight points. Alayah Hines and Deidra Williams scored four each.

Alexis Williams tossed in 16 points for the victorious Elm Grove seventh-grade team.

Darnesha Bonner and Katelyn Konicki scored six each. Candice Dean, Tedreaune Nealms and Jessica Anderson combined for six.

NOTE: The above report is based on information provided by coaches. It will be updated when and if more information is received.

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