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County basketball races heat up
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Maybe the bad weather has passed and we can get back to some heated basketball action.


It’s shaping up as three-team races in both boys and girls action in the Warren County Elementary Basketball League.


If games can resume on Monday, the schedule has Eastside traveling to Irving College, Morrison traveling to Boyd, and Dibrell traveling to Centertown.


BOYS


Morrison narrowly lost to Dibrell in the preseason tournament championship game and the Eagles are out to show they’re the best team in the regular season.


With an electrifying backcourt of Isaiah Robledo, Kristopher Robledo and Bradan Haggins, the Eagles are off to an unbeaten start. Few teams can contend with Morrison’s overall quickness.


Dibrell is one of the teams that can. The well-rounded Wildcats have size in the middle, grit on the wings, and experience at the point guard position with Lee-Allen Esparza.


Irving College also figures to play a factor. The Tigers lost to Morrison in the preseason tournament and during their first regular-season meeting. But Irving College has yet to face Dibrell this season with the first matchup postponed due to illness.


Eastside, Centertown and Boyd all have talented players, but they don’t appear to have the experience or overall balance needed to win the league.


GIRLS


The Morrison Lady Eagles won the preseason tournament and haven’t lost yet in the regular season. Morrison is led by a trio of strong offensive players in Jayla Garibaldi, Harmoni Kennerly and Chloe Wanamaker.


Morrison is going to be tough to beat with three reliable scorers. Garibaldi can be counted on for double-digit points every game.


Centertown hopes to be the team which can knock the Lady Eagles from the sky. With Kealy Simpson a powerful force around the basket, Centertown can rely on its inside game for consistent points.


Eastside gets its momentum from Sarah Kate Winfree, a talented sixth-grader. Winfree led the Lady Bulldogs to a 5-6 grade county championship and if she gets more scoring help from promising teammates like Macie Bush it could be enough for Eastside to contend.


Boyd, Irving College and Dibrell are teams that all play with determination, but they seem to be just a notch below the top three.