Champion and Chapel Hill grab top spots in girls' standings with big wins last week.

Champion and Chapel Hill grab top spots in girls’ standings with big wins last week.

The Champion Lady Chargers and Chapel Hill Lady Panthers took control of first place in their respective girls’ region standings with key wins in game 10 of the DeKalb County middle school basketball season.

Champion won the title a year ago and is now 10-0 as the Lady Chargers improved to 6-0 in the Region 2 standings over now second place Cedar Grove Lady Saints (8-2, 5-1) via a 39-29 win.

Champion was big on the boards as Jalaina Alford collected 21 rebounds and Lailah Cox grabbed 15 more. Kamaya Rivers-Childs (11 points) and Rakiah Miller (11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals) led the scoring. Brooklyn Smith (8 points, 7 rebounds) and Jade Redding (4 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) also played a key role for the Lady Chargers.

Ziryah Bell (13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals) was the leader for Cedar Grove while Conner Hall (8 points, 4 rebounds) contributed with 7 blocked shots.

Chapel Hill 54, Druid Hills 21
The Chapel Hill Lady Panthers (10-0, 6-0) kept their season on track by knocking off the Druid Hills Lady Dragons (7-3, 4-2) to retain a grip on the top of the Region 1 girls’ standings. Mauri Barnes (15 points, 7 steals, 4 assists, 4 rebounds) was tough on both ends of the floor to lead the charge for Chapel Hill. Kennedi Thomas (11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, 1 block) was also in double figures and Avantey Gilreath (9 points, 17 rebounds, 2 blocks) was dominate on the glass. Azelia Shell was the top performer for Druid Hills.

Stephenson 56, Freedom 31
The Stephenson Lady Jaguars (9-1, 5-1) held on to second place in Region 1 by defeating the Freedom Lady Rams (6-4, 4-2) 56-31 for their ninth victory on the season and fourth consecutive. The duo of Cyncere Sims-Turner (21 points) and Jayla Walton (19 points) fueled the Lady Jaguars’ win. Destiny Swint knocked down 18 points for Freedom which is in a three-way tie for third in the region.

Columbia 39, McNair 23
The Columbia Lady Eagles (6-4, 3-3) are eyeing a playoff spot after evening up their Region 1 record at 3-3 via a 39-23 win over the McNair Lady Mustangs (3-7, 2-4). Tamicah Pate hit for a game-high 17 points and Angel Rice was just behind with 15 for Columbia.

Peachtree 29, Sequoyah 16
The Peachtree Lady Patriots (3-7, 2-4) upended the Sequoyah Lady Braves (2-8, 1-5) 29-16 to notch their second consecutive win. Madeline Cann played a big role for Peachtree with her 12 points in the game.

Redan 28, Stone Mountain 14
The Redan Lady Raiders (3-7, 1-5) ended a five-game losing streak with a 28-14 Region 1 victory over the Stone Mountain Lady Pirates (0-10, 0-6). Jamiya Holmes did most of the damage for Redan with 16 points and Jayah Morris added 8.

Bethune 36, Miller Grove 7
The Bethune Lady Lions (6-4, 4-2) moved into a three-way tie for third in Region 1 by upending the Miller Grove Lady Wolverines (1-9, 1-5) 38-7. Ryleigh Kimmons was the top performer for Bethune in the win.

Beacon Hill 27, Tucker 22
The Beacon Hill Lady Bulldogs (7-3, 5-1) moved into a tie for second in Region 2 by halting the Tucker Lady Tigers (4-6, 2-4) two-game win streak with a 27-22 win.

Salem 35, Lithonia 1
The Salem Lady Lions (8-2, 4-2) kept a first hold on third place in Region 2 by defeating Lithonia (3-7, 2-4) 35-1.

Chamblee 26, Henderson 14
The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs (4-6, 3-3) took over sole possession of fifth place in Region 2 with a 26-14 win over the Henderson Lady Cougars (0-10, 0-6).

The top four boys’ middle school basketball teams all remained undefeated in region play with victories last week as Chapel Hill and Redan in Region 1 and Champion and Tucker in Region 2 stay tied at the top of the standings.

In one of the most exciting games of the week, the Chapel Hill Panthers (10-0, 6-0) knocked the Druid Hills Dragons (7-3, 4-2) into a three-way tie for third in a thrilling 45-42 back-and-forth affair in Region 1. Treau Taylor hit for a game high 14 points (4 assists, 2 steals) including some clutch three-pointers and free throws to close out the game. Kei-Sean Roberts (12 points, 7 assists, 2 steals) had some key plays down the stretch to help seal the win over Chapel Hill. Demetrius White and Tavaris Roberts forced a combined 5 turnovers and hit for 8 points each in the win.

Redan 46, Stone Mountain 32
The Redan Raiders (9-1, 6-0) kept pace with Chapel Hill atop the Region 1 standings with a 46-32 victory over the Stone Mountain Pirates (4-6, 1-5). Amare Medhin led the way with a game-high 24 points (6 steals, 3 assists) and Brandon Armstrong added 9 points. Zafar Robertson had 12 rebounds (3 steals, 2 blocks) and Zaheim Silva collected 8 rebounds (4 steals, 2 blocks) led the way on the boards.

Champion 35, Cedar Grove 29
The Champion Chargers (9-1, 6-0) remained in a first-place tie atop the Region 2 standings with a hard-fought 35-29 win over the Cedar Grove Saints (6-4, 4-2). Champion was able to finally ease away in the final three minutes of the game behind Dakota Freeman’s team high 10 points and Austin Graves with 9 points. Cedar Grove got 10 points each from Tayson Blunt and Brenden Flounory and 6 rebounds by Chad Mahone.

Tucker 43, Beacon Hill 40
The Tucker Tigers (9-1, 6-0) survived 43-40 over the Beacon Hill Bulldogs (3-7, 2-4) to keep pace with Champion in Region 2 play. Tucker got a big double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds from Tim Gibbs in the win. Beacon Hill’s defensive pressure was led by Matthew Norman, Ryan Sharp, Hollis Rucker and My-El Summers.

Stephenson 37, Freedom 32
The Stephenson Jaguars (7-3, 4-2) moved into a three-way tie for third in Region 1 with a tough 37-32 win over the Freedom Rams (2-8, 2-4). Kai Jackson led the way with 15 points (73% on free throws) and Terry Coleman added 14 points (92% on free throws) to lead Stephenson. Jonoxe Claxton hit for 11 points (5 rebounds, 5 steals) to lead Freedom and Steven Price added 8 points (3 rebounds, 2 assists).

Henderson 66, Chamblee 32
The Henderson Cougars (6-4, 4-2) moved into a tie for third place in the Region 2 standings with a fourth consecutive victory following a 66-32 win over the Chamblee Bulldogs (3-7, 2-4). Joshua Mosley led three Cougars in double figures with a game-high 21 points followed by Ashdon Sims with 17 points and Julian Russell with 10 points (12 rebounds).

Miller Grove 42, Bethune 26
The Miller Grove Wolverines (6-4, 4-2) moved into a fourth-place tie in the Region 1 standings after knocking off the Bethune Lions (2-8, 0-6) 42-26 last week.

Salem 44, Lithonia 40
The Salem Lions (2-8, 1-5) picked up a second consecutive win by getting past the Lithonia Bulldogs (4-6, 2-4) 44-40 in a Region 2 matchup last week. William Burks led Salem with 19 points and Dylan Jackson added 10 points. Anthony Flournoy hit for 11 points and Javante Harrington added 10 in the loss for the Bulldogs.

McNair 47, Columbia 42
The McNair Mustangs (6-4, 3-3) picked up a third consecutive victory by holding off the Columbia Eagles (0-10, 0-6) 47-42 in Region 1 play last week. Rashad Blaylock hit for a game-high 22 points to lead the Mustangs in the win.

Peachtree 40, Sequoyah 8
The Peachtree Patriots (4-6, 3-3) moved into fifth place in the Region 2 standings with a 40-8 win over the Sequoyah Braves (0-10, 0-6).

Wed., 1/10/24
Tucker* 43, Beacon Hill 40
Champion 35, Cedar Grove* 28
McNair* 47, Columbia 42
Chapel Hill* 55, Druid Hills 52
Stephenson* 37, Freedom 32
Henderson 66, Chamblee* 32
Salem* 44, Lithonia 40
Miller Grove 42, Bethune* 26
Peachtree 40, Sequoyah* 8
Redan* 46, Stone Mountain 32

Wed., 1/10/24
Beacon Hill 27, Tucker* 22
Champion 39, Cedar Grove* 29
Columbia 39, McNair* 23
Chapel Hill* 54, Druid Hills 21
Stephenson* 56, Freedom 31
Chamblee* 26, Henderson 14
Salem* 35, Lithonia 1
Bethune* 38, Miller Grove 7
Peachtree 29, Sequoyah* 16
Redan* 28, Stone Mountain 14

Wed., 1/17/24
Bethune at Columbia*
Cedar Grove at Lithonia*
Chamblee at Peachtree*
Champion at Henderson*
Chapel Hill at Freedom*
McNair at Stone Mountain*
Miller Grove at Druid Hills*
Redan at Stephenson*
Salem at Beacon Hill*
Tucker at Sequoyah*