Every basketball gym in Graham was packed over the weekend for the Graham Junior High Girls Basketball Tournament.

Many local junior high teams came to Graham to compete in the tournament, and the young Blues teams performed well.

The seventh grade B team beat Dublin 56-3 to take first place in their division.
The seventh grade B team beat Dublin 56-3 to take first place in their division. (courtesy photo)

But the best Graham performance of the weekend came from the eighth grade A team, who finished as consolation champions despite starting off with a 36-26 loss to Gordon.

Ashley Gallaway's team leading 14 points and Nicole King's additional five were not enough for the young Blues to start off with a win, but success was just around the corner.


The A team bounced back with a 45-21 win over Mineral Wells in which King scored 21 points and Gallaway added nine.

Then a 57-18 victory over Dublin concluded the Blues tournament with Katie Spurlin scoring 12 points, Jasmine Sims adding 10 points, Kathryn Riggins and Gallaway each adding eight points, Elizabeth Routon scoring seven and King putting up six.

The Blues eighth grade B team finished in second place in their division.

Graham started the tournament with a 20-14 loss to Abilene Wylie in which Katelyn Price led the team with six points.

The Blues eventually recovered with a 34-21 win over Paradise in which Izzy Maberry and Blanca Diaz each scored eight team leading points. 

Hallie Morgan added five points, Price scored four, Hailey Coyac, Lauren Rogers and Karli Ballew each scored two and Emily Schaffer scored one.

The most impressive single game performance of the tournament came in the form of an opening decimation, as Graham's seventh grade A team beat Dublin 52-3.

However, that thorough routing proved a fluke, as the seventh grade A team was brought back to earth via back-to-back losses against Jacksboro, who won 28-24, and Paradise, who won 21-19.

Finally, the seventh grade B team won first in their division by beating Dublin 56-3.

Bailey Logan scored 12 in the victory.