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JACES, Evarts advance to showdown for title

The James A. Cawood Trojanettes used their size advantage and stellar defense down the stretch to keep their perfect season alive as they held off Cawood 31-23 in semifinal action Tuesday at the county seventh- and eighth-grade tournament.

The Lady Comets rallied from a 10-point deficit to briefly take the lead in the fourth quarter, but a strong defensive effort by Paige Phillips and Kylie Jones put the clamps on sixth-grade point guard Cheyanne Rhymer, and Leah Davis and Abbi Fields combined for eight points in the final period to put the game away.

Davis scored 10 to lead the Trojanettes. Phillips and Jones added eight apiece.

Cawood was led by Rhymer with 18 points.

In the nightcap, Kylie Noe returned from a one-game suspension to pour in 25 points and lead Evarts to a 43-34 victory over Rosspoint.

Rosspoint trailed by three at the half, but Evarts took control with a 12-0 run in the third quarter.

Carly Madden added eight for Evarts.

Jenna Wilson paced Rosspoint with 19 points.

The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, with the third-place game slated for 5:30.

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James A. Cawood (31) — Leah Davis 10, Paige Phillips 8, Kylie Jones 8, Abbi Fields 3, Skylar Shepherd 2.

Cawood (23) — Cheyanne Rhymer 18, Michele Stewart 3, Maddi Middleton 2.

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Evarts (43) — Kylie Noe 25, Carly Madden 8, Kaylee Clark 6, Drucilla Brown 2, Alexis Freeman 2.

Rosspoint (34) — Jenna Wilson 19, Brianna Howard 5, Peyton Lunsford 4, Morgan Blevins 3, Harleigh Vanover 3.