The Azalea Middle School seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams traveled to cross-border rival Redwood Elementary School for two games on Tuesday.
Seventh-grade Lady Bruins demolish Raiders
The Bruins took a 10-2 first quarter lead and refused to relinquish it over the entirety of the game, eventually winning 34-17.
"They played pretty scrappy," Head Coach Kristy Kleespies said. "I was happy with it."
The second quarter saw the Bruins outscored 5-6, but their first quarter lead was enough that they were never in any trouble.
In the third and fourth quarters the Bruins doubled the efforts of their opponents and put 11 points - to the Raiders' 5 - on the scoreboard in the third and 8 - to the Raiders' 4 - in the fourth to end the game with twice as many points as the competition.
Anna Serna led the Lady Bruins with 16 points and, according to Kleespies, more steals than you can shake a stick at.
"She is very unselfish on the floor," Kleespies said. "She can score at will and she had a ton of steals. It was good."
Kaylee Strain had 7 points while Jenna Martini and Chloe McCrae each contributed 4. Jensyn Glazebrook rounded out the Bruins scoring with 3.
"It was a good game," Serna said. "My teammates played the best they've played all season."
Eighth graders eke out 30-26 victory over Raiders
The eighth-grade girls basketball team took an early 12-4 lead but two low-scoring quarters allowed the Raiders of Redwood to claw their way back into the game and take it down to the final seconds of the game.
The Lady Bruins were outscored by 6 (7-13) in the second quarter to go into halftime with just a two-point lead, 19-17.
They kept it knotted in the third quarter with a 7-7 score, but were able to score two more than the Raiders in the fourth quarter to win the game by four, 30-26.
Post Shawntisha Bailey and guard Abby Farmer tied for most team points with 11 each. Kayla Watson put 4 points of her own in from the forward position while Mikaya Bruce had 3 and Barrieanne Fallert had 1 to round out the Bruins scoring.
"It was a win," Head Coach Lori Cooper said. "Still can't seem to find the basket on shots but we came out on top tonight."
For Farmer, it came down to how the Lady Bruins played in the end.
"I'm proud of our team for taking control of the ball and keeping control," she said. "We made good choices at the end of the game which really helped."