Lady Bulldogs advance past first round

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By Robby O'Daniel

Monday started with four local middle school girls teams alive in the area tournament at Jellico High School. The day ended with just one local team left.

Whereas Jellico Middle and Elk Valley’s girls teams lost earlier in the day, the Wynn girls middle school team defeated White Oak, 43-25.

“We played hard, and we run our offense like we practiced, and we executed well,” said Wynn Middle assistant coach Joseph Prewitt.

The Lady Bulldogs got out to an early 8-2 lead after the first quarter. Wynn led 23-11 at the half and 35-17 after three quarters.

Tall Madison Muse came up big for Wynn with 25 points on the night, followed by Beth England (10), Clarissa Kramer (4) and K.J. Bolton (2), according to official stats.

“Madison Muse played well down low,” Prewitt said. “She’s using her post moves that we’d been working on.”

Jessica Day led White Oak with 15 points, per official stats, followed by Summer Williams (4), Kayla Hurst (4) and Lexus Breeding (2).

Wynn improved to 10-6 on the year, Prewitt said.

“That’s about as well as any Wynn middle school girls team has done since we’ve joined the bigger district,” Prewitt said.

Next Wynn was scheduled to take on Robbins, who earned a first-round bye, Wednesday (yesterday) in a game after the Press deadline.

Other area teams didn’t fare as well as Wynn did.

Washburn rolled to a 45-4 win over the Jellico Middle girls in the 9 a.m. game that began the all-day tournament docket of 11 games at Jellico High on Monday. Washburn led 15-0 after a quarter.

Baylee Ivey and Chloe Bowlin scored 2 points each for Jellico Middle, per official stats.

The Midway girls out of New Tazewell defeated Elk Valley, 32-17.

Avari Owens led Elk Valley with 10 points, per official stats, followed by Alexis Henderson (4) and Emilee Morgan (3).

The losses for the Elk Valley, White Oak and Jellico Middle girls teams ended their respective seasons.