Crestwood, Mayo split
Paris High School provided the venue for the second matchup of the season between the Mayo Lady Redbirds and the Crestwood Lady Eagles junior high basketball teams.
Crestwood won the seventh grade by the score of 40-8, while Mayo edged the Lady Eagles in the eighth grade game, 31-27. Crestwood’s seventh grade record improved to 14-0, while the eighth grade team fell to 11-3. Mayo’s seventh grade dropped to 12-5, and the eighth graders improved to 14-3.
Pink was the color of the day, as both schools celebrated Hoops for a Cause in support of cancer awareness. Each school sold t-shirts commemorating the event with over $1,000 being donated to the Edgar County D.O. It Foundation.
Crestwood came roaring out of the gates in the seventh grade game, jumping to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. At the half, they led by the score of 21-2 and cruised to the victory. Balanced scoring was the key for Crestwood as Trinity Tingley and Deming Hawkins each had eight points. Hawkins added eight rebounds, and Tingley had four steals. Kendra Young knocked down a pair of three-pointers en route to six points. Kaitlyn Coombes had five points, Gracie Dyer and Vivian Moore each had four, Macie Thomas and Grace Sullivan had two apiece, and Gracie Adams added one. Emma Kemper led Mayo with three points, Alyssa Reed and Caradan Hoffman each had two, and Sandy Rhinesmith had one.
The eighth grade contest started out eerily similar to the seventh grade game as Crestwood jumped to an early 8-0 lead. But, Mayo came storming back, mounting a 12-2 run, to grab a 12-10 lead at the half. The Lady Redbirds led by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, but Crestwood mounted a comeback and closed to within three, 30-27 with less than a minute in the game. Mayo made one-of-two free throws in the waning seconds to seal the deal.
Kate Littleton led the scoring for Mayo with 13 points. Mady Rigdon followed her closely with 11. Caradan Hoffman chipped in with four points, and Jaiden McClaskey and Kadie Noel each added one.
Kenzie Hutchings had a terrific all-around game with 10 points and five rebounds. Tingley knocked down three, 3-pointers to finish with nine points. Hawkins had five points, and Coombes added three to round out the scoring.