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Before becoming the next stars of the Eastside Bulldogs, Dibrell Wildcats or Warren County Pioneers, local children are getting a chance to shine in the Little Pioneer League held every Saturday at Charlie Dalton Gym.
The league, which has six boys teams and four girls teams with children ages 5-7, continued play Saturday with battles of top teams headlining the action.
Saturday’s slate of six games started with the undefeated Small Shots boys team taking on Southern Standard.
While four of the league’s top five scorers were on the court, it was Braylon Grayson who led Small Shots to its sixth straight victory.
Grayson scored 12 points as Small Shots defeated Southern Standard 28-11. Grayson came into the game averaging four points while teammates Nathan Elrod and Treyton Terry each rank in the league’s top five. Elrod leads the Little Pioneer League with 67 points in six games.
Matthew Key scored six points for Southern Standard as the team fell to 3-3 overall.
Sullen’s Shooters broke a five-game losing streak in the following game, earning its first win by defeating River Park Hospital 10-8.
Brett Cantrell scored eight points for Sullen’s Shooters, including sinking the game-winning shot. Kenyon Reno scored all of River Park Hospital’s eight points.
In the third boys game, The Outdoor Shop defeated Team Tennessee 18-11. Kaden Rutledge scored six points in the victory for Outdoor Shop while Riley Wanamaker scored six points for Team Tennessee.
In girls play, it was a big day for Big Mo’s leading scorer Shelby Smart and undefeated league leader GBR Construction.
Smart, the girls scoring leader with an average of 9.5 points per game, scored six points to help Big Mo’s defeat the Law Office of Jean Brock 14-3.
Alyssa Mosely added six points for Big Mo’s while Caitlyne Hutton scored all three points for the Law Office of Jean Brock.
GBR Construction ran its record to perfect 6-0 in girls play with the biggest win Saturday. GBR Construction downed Woodlee’s Woodchucks 32-2.
Mia Hobbs and Krista Chism scored eight points apiece for GBR Construction while Jenna Newby’s layup was the only points for the Woodchucks.
The Law Office of Jean Brock would win its second game of the day 16-3 over Woodlee’s Woodchucks as Marcie Pope scored 12 points. Newby had three points for the Woodchucks.
The Little Pioneer League will resume play this Saturday with five games at Charlie Dalton Gym. Action will begin at 8 a.m.

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