The squeaking of shoes and bouncing of basketballs could be heard all across Warren County Monday.
The 5-6 grade elementary basketball league started its regular season with a slate of eight games at four elementary gyms. It was the first of 11 nights of games before the dueling districts meet Feb. 26 to decide a county champion.
The elementary league is split into two districts this season, with games in district only applying to the team’s records.
District 1 features Boyd, Bobby Ray, West Elementary, Hickory Creek and Irving College, while District 2 includes WCMS, Dibrell, Eastside, Centertown and Morrison.
Monday’s matchup saw Bobby Ray take early steps toward the top of District 1.
Bobby Ray swept a pair of matchups at Boyd, with the Stars topping the Broncos 24-12 and the Lady Stars taking down the Lady Broncos 28-17.
Zach Lindreth and Markel Locke led all scorers in the boys game, netting 10 points each to lead the Stars to a win. John Farrar and Dawson Crouch added two points apiece.
Connor Andrews did the majority of the damage for Boyd, scoring nine. Jack Rhoton added two, while Bryant Ralph chipped in a free throw.
Alexia Ross led the Bobby Ray girls to victory, scoring a team-high 12 points. Also scoring for Bobby Ray were Zoey Swann with six, Brooke Kesey with four and Zoe Curtis, Laura Sifuentes and Kaidence Crouch with two points each.
Kayden Burks led Boyd with 13 points, followed by CJ Perry and Raylee Vinson with two points apiece.
At Irving College, the Lady Tigers narrowly edged the West girls 18-16 before the Wizards bounced back to beat the Tigers 26-21
Kaydence Smith’s fourth-quarter basket proved to be the difference as Irving College topped the Lady Wizards. Smith finished with four points for Irving College, while Ashlin Reed had a team-high eight points. Presley Green and Lilly Cathcart added three points each in the win.
Elly Bain scored 15 points for West, while Amaya Martin finished with one.
In boys action, West got big nights from a trio of forwards. Adrian Harris led the team with nine points, followed by Deashawn Adams with eight and Gabriel Cordova with seven. Trey Martin chipped in two points.
For the Tigers, Matthew Roller was unstoppable, finishing with 15 points. Leo Castanada added four while Jonas Bailey scored two.
In District 2, the WCMS Pioneers again showed why they are considered the favorites to sweep the regular season and postseason titles. The Pioneers blasted Morrison 40-21 behind 15 points from Dyson Elam and Aaron Templeton’s 13-point outing.
Brody Womack added six points for the Pioneers. Gage Harris, Andrew Key and Creed Adams all scored two points in the victory.
Morrison, which trailed 26-5 at halftime, got five points from Trayce Ashford and Isaiah Robledo. Braxton Gibbs added four, followed by Samuel Greene with three and Baylen Tuten and Kristopher Robledo with two points apiece.
Other elementary scores were not reported by press time.