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Favorites advance in county tournament

The top three seeds moved on with wins Saturday in the first round of the county seventh- and eighth-grade tournament at James A. Cawood.

Two nights after leading Cawood to a fifth- and sixth-grade county title, Cheyanne Rhymer broke a tie by scoring all nine points in the third quarter to spark the Lady Comets in a 33-20 win over Wallins. Rhymer finished with 25 points as the Lady Comets, seeded fifth, pulled off the only upset of the day.

Jenna Wilson hit six 3-pointers in a 21-point effort as third-seeded Rosspoint advanced with a 37-16 win over Black Mountain in the opening game.

Chelsey Cottrell led Black Mountain with 13 points.

Top-seeded James A. Cawood grabbed a big lead early on the way to a 46-12 win over Green Hills. Paige Phillips led the Trojanettes with 16 points.

Alisha Middleton scored 11 for Green Hills.

Evarts, seeded second, held off an upset bid by Cumberland to win 45-29 in the final game. Ashley Preston scored 18 points and Drucilla Brown added 10 for the Lady Cats.

Hannah Raleigh paced Cumberland with 12 points.

The semifinals are set for Tuesday as JACES takes on Cawood at 5:30 and Evarts meets Rosspoint at 7.

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Rosspoint (37) — Jenna Wilson 21, Morgan Blevins 3, Harleigh Vanover 3, Kaitlyn Daniels 2, Sienna Cox 2, Brianna Howard 2, Lindsey Skidmore 2, Rileigh Duff 2.

Black Mountain (16) — Chelsey Cottrell 13, Jayde Parker 3.

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Cawood (33) — Cheyanne Rhymer 25, Taylor Clem 6, Michele Stewart 2.

Wallins (20) — Rylie Maggard 7, Savannah Hill 2, Faith Caldwell 5, Ashton Evans 6.

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James A. Cawood (46) —Skylar Shepherd 8, Paige Phillips 16, Kylie Jones 8, Abbi Fields 6, Leah Davis 2, Maddison Daniels 2, Lacey Robinson 2, Annabelle Williams 2.

Green Hills (12) — Alisha Middleton 11, Grace Howard 1.

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Evarts (45) — Ashley Preston 18, Drucilla Brown 10, Kaylee Clark 4, Hannah Kirby 7, Allie Kelly 4, Alexis Freeman 2.

Cumberland (29) — Bebe Estep 2, Hannah Raleigh 12, Destiny Cornett 6, Lesleigh Brown 6, Kylie Meyers 3.