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Elementary season reaches final week
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Jeffery Simmons photo Jayla Garibaldi races in front of Lady Tiger Lilly Cathcart during Monday's elementary action.

The stakes are still high for 5-6 grade teams during the final week of the regular season. Tournament seeding and division titles will all be decided this week.

The Warren County Middle School teams took a big step Monday securing top seeds and both improving to 7-0 in regular season play with wins over West Elementary. The Pioneers, led by Easton Denning's 13 points, topped the Wizards 51-0. The Lady Pioneers were just as dominant, winning 44-7 with Bella Pennington leading the way with 10 points (Full scoring breakdowns are on 2B).

While WCMS houses two undefeated teams, two more roam at county schools. The Centertown Warriors, who didn’t play Monday, currently own a 6-0 record in the boys B division. The Morrison Lady Eagles had to defend their unblemished mark Monday night, and did so with a 43-21 victory at Irving College.

Mollie Smith led the Lady Eagles to a 6-0 record by scoring 18 points in Monday’s game against the Lady Tigers. Miranda Medley, one of five elementary girls averaging double figures this season, added 10 points while Lilly Cantrell scored a season-high 15 points.

The Lady Eagles did their best to hold Brooklyn Wanamaker in check, though the league’s leading scorer still finished with 12 points. Irving College fell to 1-5 in division B with the loss.

In the nightcap, the Morrison Eagles extended their division winning streak to five games with a 44-21 victory over the Tigers. Tucker Wanamaker finished with 10 points in a pivotal victory for Morrison. The win set up a battle Friday at Centertown. The Eagles and Warriors will face off in a day game which will decide the division winner.

The tournament will begin next week with a pair of play-in games. The lowest two seeds in the standings in each division will face off, with the winners advancing to the eight-team tournament bracket.

Following Monday’s contests, five girls teams had clinched their entry in the girls tournament. Three boys teams have also punched their ticket.

From the girls A division, WCMS (7-0) has clinched the division title. Dibrell (4-2) is also assured a top-3 seed in the division, guaranteeing the Lady Wildcats won’t be in the play-in game. In the B division, the Morrison Lady Eagles (6-0), Centertown Lady Warriors (5-1) and Eastside Lady Bulldogs (4-3) will be the top three seeds. Irving College (1-5) and Bobby Ray (0-7) will be in the play-in game.

The WCMS Pioneers clinched the boys A division Monday, while Centertown (6-0) and Morrison (5-1) can’t slip out of the top three in the boys B division.