Salem and Champion knocked off previously unbeaten Lithonia and Stephenson in girls’ middle school basketball action in DeKalb County during Week 5 play heading into the holiday break.
The Salem Lady Lions improved to 8-1 on the season and 4-1 in Region 3 with a pair of victories including the big region win over the Lithonia Lady Bulldogs by a score of 32-22. J’Cole Diggins scored 12 points and Essence Stevens added nine points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win.
The Lady Chargers of Champion (7-1, 3-1) picked up a key Region 2 win by handing the Stephenson Lady Jaguars (7-1, 4-1) their first loss of the season in a thrilling 36-35 win. Myori Pruitt did the most damage for Champion as she poured in 16 points while teammate Aaliyah Ismael added 7 points.
The Stephenson Jaguars (8-0, 5-0) are the lone remaining undefeated team on the season following their 45-25 win over the Champion Chargers (5-3, 2-2) in a big Region 2 boys’ game. Tahj Evans hit for a game-high 19 points and the Jaguars hit 67 percent from the free-throw line.
Week 5 Recaps
Wednesday, Dec. 12
Champion 34, Henderson 30
The Champion Lady Chargers tuned up for their big win over Stephenson later in the week with a 34-30 win over the Henderson Lady Cougars (7-2). Myori Pruitt burned the nets for 22 points and teammate Asia Freeman chipped in 6 points in the win. Adia Bouldin led Henderson with 11 points.
Miller Grove 34, Freedom 7
The Miller Grove Lady Wolverines (6-1, 3-1) moved into a tie for second place in Region 3 with a 34-7 win over the Freedom Lady Rams (2-7, 0-5). Brooklyn Scrubb and Lindsey Myles both scored 13 points in the game for Miller Grove.
Peachtree 18, Sequoyah 13
The Peachtree Lady Patriots (3-5, 1-4) picked up their first Region 1 win of the season in a hard-fought 18-13 win over Sequoyah. Sequoyah’s Natalia Gooden had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in the loss.
Salem 45, Redan 10
The Salem Lady Lions (8-1, 4-1) got their climb to the top of the Region 3 standings off to a good start with a 45-10 win over the Redan Lady Raiders (5-4, 2-4). Nia Anderson hit for a game-high 20 points in the win.
Tucker 37, Chamblee 16
The Tucker Lady Tigers (5-2, 4-1) stayed within striking distance of the top spot in Region 1 with a 37-16 win over the Chamblee Lady Bulldogs (3-5, 2-3). Malaya Jones scored 16 points and Aissatou Bass added 8 in the win.
Cedar Grove 43, Lithonia 17
The Cedar Grove Saints (7-2, 3-2) picked up a non-region win by knocking off Lithonia 43-17. Jaylen Adside scored 12 points and teammate Joshua Daniels had 10 points and 5 assists.
McNair 41, Columbia 36
The McNair Mustangs (7-1, 4-0) moved into first place in the Region 4 standings with a 41-36 overtime win against the Columbia Eagles.
Peachtree 48, Sequoyah 22
The Peachtree Patriots improved to 4-4 on the season and 2-3 in Region 1 action with a 48-22 win over Sequoyah. Sequoyah got an outstanding performance from Juan Cedeno as he scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds while hitting five of 10 shots from the field and going 4-4 at the free-throw line.
Saturday, Dec. 15
Henderson 27, Chamblee 20
The Henderson Lady Cougars (7-2, 5-0) remained a game ahead of the Tucker Lady Tigers in the Region 1 standings with a 27-20 win over the Chamblee Lady Bulldogs (3-5, 2-3). Sierra Burns and Leila Mejil hit for 8 points each in the win while R. Runsick hit for a game-high 9 points for Chamblee.
Tucker 34, Peachtree 13
The Tucker Lady Tigers (5-2, 4-1) remained just one game behind in the Region 1 standings with a 34-13 win over the Peachtree Lady Patriots (3-5, 1-4). Malay Jones had a game-high 19 points and teammate Jacinta Hollins added 9.
See up to date middle school basketball standings at the link below: