Chris Jones | Daily Enterprise

Cawood’s Leann Engle broke through a James A. Cawood trap during the seventh- and eighth-grade county tournament semifinals Thursday. Cawood advanced to a championship matchup against Evarts with a 31-21 win.

Evarts, Cawood advance to finals

Evarts moved within a game of its second straight unbeaten season by rolling past Black Mountain 35-15 on Thursday in the semifinals of the seventh- and eighth-grade county tournament at James A. Cawood Elementary School.

The Lady Cats jumped out to a 14-2 lead after one quarter and extended it to 28-2 by halftime as Jaylin Smith scored 18 of her game-high 19 points in the first half.

Isabelle Kirby led the Tigerettes with nine points.

Cawood raced to a 15-2 lead after one quarter in the second game and held off a late comeback to win 31-21 over James A. Cawood.

Gracie Simpson scored 15 points and Lauren Smith added nine for the Trojanettes.

Taylor Lunsford paced the Trojanettes with seven points.

Evarts will play Cawood at noon on Saturday in the county championship game. James A. Cawood will play Black Mountain at 10:30 a.m. for third place.

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Evarts (35) — Jaylin Smith 19, Aaliyah Cloud 6, Alexis Branson 4, Jaylin Preston 4, Madison Jones 2.

Black Mountain (15) — Hanna Pace 2, Hannah Turner 2, Isabelle Kirby 9, Kaitlyn Turner 2.

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Cawood (31) — Lauren Smith 9, Leann Engle 3, Gracie Simpson 15, Courtney Simpson 2, Kylie Noe 2.

James A. Cawood (21) — Keely North 4, Taylor Lunsford 7, Star Hardy 2, Aaliyah Lewis 2, Kylie Jones 6.