Congratulations to the Upward Stars Upstate 8th Grade Girls (Reese) basketball team for winning the Journey to the Tourney Gold Bracket Championship this past weekend in Greenville. The 8th Grade Division had 9 teams, and the Stars went undefeated in all 4 games with wins over the Ballers from Saluda, Starz from Rosman (NC), S.C. Dream from Greenville, and the S.C. Shock from Blue Ridge. The team was led in scoring and rebounding by Caroline Reese and Niyonna McIntyre. Other leading scorers were Caroline Littlefield, Liz Yex, and Gianna DeRosa. Maddie Drummer, Payton O’Shields, and Liz Yex also contributed with many rebounds. Team defense again was a key to the team’s success.