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Middle School Girls Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 25, Elizabethtown 24

ELIZABETHTOWN – Khadijah Jones threw in 9 of her game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter as Clarkton School of Discovery rallied for a 25-24 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls basketball victory Thursday over Elizabethtown.

Elizabethtown took a 20-13 lead into the final period, and Ronkia Lennon and Alexus Mitchell tossed in baskets that grew the Lady Cougar lead to ten points before Mitchell fouled out with a team-high 12 points.

Jones blistered the nets with 4 baskets and a free throw in the final quarter, teammate Tara Rogers tallied a basket, and Mariah Smith hit a free throw during the Blue Devil comeback.

Smith finished with 5 points for the Lady Blue Devils. Carlie West, Lavada Jackson and Lennon totaled 4 points each for the Lady Cougars.

Mitchell fired in a trio of baskets in the first quarter, and Jackson added a basket as the Lady Cougars raced to an 8-3 lead. Jones made a basket, and AnnaGrey Heustess hit a free throw for the Clarkton points.

West worked the paint for a pair of baskets, and Mitchell dropped in another as the Elizabethtown lead grew to 14-8 at halftime. Smith drained a 3-point shot, and Jones canned 2 free throws for CSD in the period.

Lennon, Mitchell and Jackson delivered baskets in the third period as the Lady Cougar lead stretched to 20-13. Lauren Bowen and Jones pumped in baskets for Clarkton in the third quarter, and Smith made a free throw.

Coach Chris Callihan’s Lady Blue Devils improved to 3-0 with the win and moved into first place in the Bladen Five. Elizabethtown is now 2-1 in the league.

CLARKTON SCHOOL OF DISCOVERY (25) – Mariah Smith 5, Lily Lin, Tara Rogers 2, Khadijah Jones 15, Sara Gargala, Lauren Bowen 2, Katie Evans, AnnaGrey Heustess 1, Lauryn Williams, Maegan Burney, Karli Priest, Emma Turbeville.

ELIZABETHTOWN (24) – Brianna Phillips, Destinee Blake, Tinyuah Rhoda, Aizariah Rhodie, Kayleigh Raynor, Lavada Jackson 4, Ashley Leon Ocellara, Alexus Mitchell 12, Armani Cowan, Ronkia Lennon 4, Carlie West 4, Chelsie Herring.

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