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Red Level girls outpace J.F. Shields for area tourney victory

The Red Level Lady Tigers jumped out to an early lead against J.F. Shields and never looked back on their way to an opening-round victory in the 1A Area 3 Tournament Tuesday.

Kaitlyn Beverly led the way early on for Red Level, scoring seven in the first period as the Lady Tigers took a 12-9 lead after one period.

Ruby Carroll scored four in the second period and Elizabeth Cross hit her second three-pointer in the second period to increase the Red Level lead to six, 21-15, at the half.

The Lady Tigers continued to outpace J.F. Shields in the third stretching their lead to 32-24 going into the final period.

Hunter helped put the game away for Red Level, scoring seven of the Lady Tigers’ 18 points in the fourth period.

Leading scorer for the Lady Tigers was Cross with 16 points, including three three-pointers. Carroll finished the game with 14 points and Beverly added nine. Ashlyn Joyner contributed five points while Maggie Wilkerson chipped in four.

The Red Level Lady Tigers’ record stands at 13-6 overall and is first in their area with a 6-1 record. They are scheduled to travel to Georgiana Thursday for the second round of the area tournament with tipoff at 6 p.m.