BENTON - Benton Middle School was host last week to the 8th grade girls and boys 4th District Tournament.
The tournament kicked off on Tuesday with Calloway County beating the North Marshall girls 29-18 followed by a South Marshall boy's win over Murray 35-34. The final Tuesday game was the girls from South Marshall getting a 33-28 win over Murray.
Wednesday's games started off with the boys from South Marshall playing North Marshall with North coming away with a 44-8 victory. Benton's girls played Calloway in the second game on Wednesday getting a 29-22 win followed by a win by Calloway County's boys over Benton 31-24.
In Thursday's girls championship game, Benton beat South 41-21 to win the district championship. Leading scorers for Benton were Josie Powell with 11 points, Lexee Miller had 10 and Briley English with six. Team members are Payton Smothers, Kayla Emery, Josey Powell, Lexee Miller, Marlee Henson, Briley English, McKenzie Tack, Pamela Ross, Camryn Crass, Sarah Thompson and Manager Ellie Young. Benton's head coach is Keith Bell and assistant coach is Laurice Mitchell.
The boy's championship game was between North Marshall and Calloway with North coming away the victor 49-27. North was led in scoring by Bryson Jessup and Dawson Jolley each with 11 points, Aaron Reed and Conner Riley both had seven points. This was North's third consecutive district championship win and they will play in the 8th grade regional tournament at 7:15 on Tuesday, January 29, at Graves County Middle School. Team members are Colton Adrian, Cole Austin, Thad Buchanan, Davis Cosner, Quinn Eaton, Trevor Fisk, Zach Garland, Cameron Ives, Bryson Jessup, Dawson Jolley, Lucas Nichols, Tristen Prange, Aaron Reed, Conner Riley, Dylan Walters, Keagen Watkins and Managers Mac Nelson, Skylar Sharp and Jordan Vaughn. North is coach by Blake Cary with assistants Jeff Jones, Colby Wiseman and Austin Johnson.