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Elementary girls tourney nears end
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It seemed like just a formality the Dibrell Lady Wildcats and Warren County Middle School Lady Pioneers would make it to the finals of the fifth- and sixth-grade elementary tournament, but the top two schools still had to win on Friday to set up the rubber match in the finals.Dibrell and Warren County were each successful as the Lady Wildcats defeated Irving College 34-10 and the Lady Pioneers beat Eastside 17-4.The finals, which were played last night and weren’t completed at press time, featured the two teams which went 11-1 in the regular season.Dibrell was able to tame the Lady Tigers, who had been a tough out for the Lady Wildcats in the regular season.A stout Dibrell defense and a big scoring night from Rachel Johnson were enough to handle Irving College this time around.Johnson scored 15 points, 12 of which came in the first half, and the Lady Wildcats held Irving College scoreless for the first nine minutes to pull away for an easy victory.Johnson was on her game from the outset. Dibrell’s top post scored six points in the first quarter as she drained three jumpers in the paint. Four points from Jalynn Davis helped give the Lady Wildcats a 10-0 lead after six minutes.Irving College couldn’t seem to figure out a way to get past Dibrell’s press and the Lady Wildcats kept building the lead while the Lady Tigers kept turning the ball over.Caylie Sherrell finally got Irving College on the scoreboard with 3:01 left in the second quarter, but six more points from Johnson and a free throw from Grace Rains led Dibrell to a 17-2 halftime lead.Callie Cathcart sank a 3-pointer in the third as the Tigers momentarily found their range on offense, but four points from Bailey Barrett and two from Bri Young kept Dibrell with a sizable advantage.Johnson, Davis, Rebecca Bain and Kailey Wood helped close out a 24-point victory by hitting shots in the fourth quarter.Davis was the second-highest scoring Lady Wildcat with six points.