Stephenson sweeps middle school championship

Stephenson swept the middle school championship with both boys and girls winning titles. Photos by Carla Parker

Stephenson Middle School took home to basketball titles after both boys’ and girls’ teams won the DeKalb Middle School championship Feb. 15.

The undefeated and defending champions Stephenson Lady Jaguars defeated Cedar Grove 43-38, and the boys’ team knocked off Miller Grove 44-35. The girls got it started early with a big first quarter performance, hold Cedar Grove to just three points to take a 14-3 lead.

After extending to score to 17-5 early in the second quarter, Cedar Grove went on a 12-0 run to tie the game at 17. Stephenson responded with a 7-0 to take a 24-14 lead into the half.

Cedar Grove cut Stephenson’s lead to three points in the third quarter before the Lady Jaguars went on a 9-4 run to extend their lead by eight. Stephenson held Cedar Grove to five points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Stephenson Coach TaVonne Johnson credited the players’ hard work on and off the court for their successful season.

“I have a group of good girls,” she said. “They’re great in the classroom—3.0 and above–and they give full effort every day they come to practice. I couldn’t ask for a better group of young ladies.”

The tournament’s most valuable player, Kennedy Larkins, led Stephenson with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Natoria Hill finished with a game-high 15 points and Ya’ria Sanders added 10 points for Cedar Grove.

In the boys’ game, a couple of three pointers in the first half led to a 23-15 halftime lead for Stephenson, and the Jaguars did not look back as they went on to beat their Region 3 foe Miller Grove.

Head coach David Mitchell, said the team put in extra work to this season to finish the season as champions.

“Our guys wake up at 5 a.m. so they can get to practice at 6 a.m.,’ he said. “We worked really hard. All we do is chop on wood, and they did very well today.”

Decent shooting, crucial free throws and a couple of three-pointers from Jamir Chaplin and Justin Haris allowed Stephenson to keep Miller Grove at bay.

“Anybody that plays us in zone [coverage] won’t be playing it for too long,” Mitchell said. “We have guys that can shoot from anywhere on the court and we showed that tonight.”

Trayvon Ford led the Jaguars with 12 points and Chaplin had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Harris was named tournament MVP. Maurice Harrey led Miller Grove with a game-high 15 points.

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  1. Morrell Productions says:

    Watch Tucker vs. Stephenson football scrimmage
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9vAWWci5Uc

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