The local middle school girls basketball teams have gotten off to a fairly strong start through the season.
The seventh and eighth grade Mayo teams are identical in their records, going 9-4 thus far. Crestwood seventh grade is 6-3, and the eighth grade team is a perfect 9-0.
The Crestwood Lady Eagle eighth grade team — reigning state champions — have not been tested this season and are undefeated.
Mayo 7th vs. Arthur
The seventh grade Mayo girls got out to an early lead and managed to hold that throughout the remainder of the game against Arthur Thursday night, Oct. 18.
The Lady Redbirds won 26-12. Peighton Smith led the team in nearly every category, nearly marking up a triple-double, with eight points, nine steals and nine rebounds. Lana Gordon was another key contributor in the matchup, scoring six points while grabbing six rebounds.
Mayo 8th vs. Arthur
A thrilling offensive shootout ended in the eighth grade Lady Redbirds dropping their Thursday night matchup with Arthur 31-26. Emma Kemper carried the bulk of the offensive workload for the team, scoring a team-high 14 points. Kemper also managed to grab five steals. Peighton Smith had five points and three rebounds. Caradan Hoffman had three points and three assists.
Mayo 7th vs. Mattoon
The seventh grade Mayo girls suffered just their fourth loss of the season, falling 26-15 to Mattoon. Peighton Smith led the team with a team-high eight points and seven rebounds. Stephanie Johnson was fundamental for the team as well with six points and seven steals throughout the contest.
Mayo 8th vs. Mattoon
The eighth grade Lady Redbirds lost to Mattoon in a down-to-the-wire 21-20 defeat. Emma Kemper led Mayo in scoring with seven points. Kemper had three steals and three assists. Caradan Hoffman poured in five points, six steals and five rebounds. Zoe Sanders added five steals and three rebounds as well.
Crestwood 7th vs. Olney
The seventh grade Crestwood team topped Olney 39-23 with offensive showings from multiple girls. Gracie Dyer led the team with 17 points. Dyer also four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Graci Watson added 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Vivian Moore was a vital part of the defensive effort for Crestwood, grabbing seven reboubds and two steals while scoring five points.
Crestwood 8th vs. Olney
The eighth grade Crestwood girls exploded for a 77-15 win in dominating fashion over Olney on Tuesday night, Oct. 16. Kaitlyn Coombes and Grace Sullivan each scored a team-high thirteen points. Coombes also had five steals and five assists while Sullivan added eight rebounds. Jacoba Harcar scored 12 points and a team-high eight steals. Trinity Tingley scored 12 points along with five rebounds, four steals and four assists. Deming Hawkins scored 10 points in the game.
Crestwood 7th vs. Tri-County
The seventh grade Crestwood team dominated Tri-County Thursday night, Oct. 18, winning 47-8. Gracie Dyer and Graci Watson led the team in scoring, each with 16 points. Dyer added a team-high seven steals as well. Vivian Moore scored seven points along with two rebounds and two steals for Crestwood.
Crestwood 8th vs. Tri-County
The offense was unstoppable as the Crestwood eighth grade team cruised to a 64-8 rout of Tri-County.
Trinity Tingley had a team-high 15 points, adding four steals as well. Kendra Young poured in 13 points and seven rebounds. Kaitlyn Coombes scored 11 points and had three rebounds and three steals. One of the key defensive pieces for Crestwood was Deming Hawkins. Hawkins grabbed nine rebounds and two steals in the matchup.