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Elementary teams battle for tourney title
County's best face off in preseason showcase
Lady Warrior Liberty Simmons, left, defends Irving College's Brooklyn Wannamaker in tournament play. Centertown won 21-8.

Elementary basketball action continued Thursday and Friday night clearing the field for finals.
After all was said and done, the Eastside Lady Bulldogs will play the Centertown Lady Warriors for the girls championship and the Dibrell Wildcats will face the Morrison Eagles for the boys.
Tournament championship play began at 7 p.m. last night at Eastside. Results were not available at press time. Check our website for winners Monday and Wednesday’s paper for full individual scoring breakdown.
Thursday night action found the Eastside Lady Bulldogs were tenacious as they snatched a first-quarter lead and kept up the pressure through all four quarters, winning handily, 47-9, over the Bobby Ray Lady Stars.
Leading the charge for Eastside was Emeri Cummings with 12 points. Sable Winfree had 10, Shelby Smartt had seven, Bebe Brackley hit for six points, Emma Cordell scored four and Katie Carter and Maddison Brooks both scored two points.
Scoring for the Lady Stars were Jazlynn Ward with four points, Saydie Farmer with three, and Sadie Duggin with two points.
Bobby Ray boys posted a solid win, 30-17, over Eastside. Bobby Ray scorers were Isaiah Cummings with 11 points, Treyton Terry with seven, Taven Black and Jaxson Ward with four points each, and Rylan Cope and Michael Haywood with two points apiece.
Bulldog points makers were Jonathan Pecina with seven, Jackson Dunlap had six, and Easton West scored two points.
The Irving College Lady Tigers defeated the Morrison Lady Eagles, 24-14.
Scoring for Irving College girls were Mia Hobbs with 10 points, Jessie Young and McKenzie Hillis both hit for five points, and Brooklyn Wanamaker scored four points. Morrison girls scoring was led by Lakelyn Rodd with six points, Brianne Kelsey scored four and Marcie Popey and Jeana Newby both scored two points.
In the matchup between the Morrison and Irving College boys, the Morrison Eagles defeated the Tigers 36-23.
Scoring for Morrison were Caylon Driver with 12 points, Connor Farmer had 9, Will Davis scored six points, Isiaiah Robledo hit for three, and Kaden Coats, Adrian Martinez and Ethan Hall all had two points.
For the Tigers, Riley Wanamaker led the field with 10 points, Tanner Wannamaker scored nine, Abram Stinson had three, and Hunter Fults hit for one point.
Friday night tourney play ended with a barn burner as the Morrison Eagles defeated the Centertown Warriors 36-31 with two points separating the two teams for all four quarters. In the end, Morrison’s size underneath won the matchup over the scrappy Warriors.
“The size inside and the fact we could pass better and they ran into foul trouble early,” said Morrison coach Kyle Cannon about the five point win.
Scoring for the Eagles were Caylon Driver with 12 points, Connor Farmer had 10, Kayden Coates and Ty Morton each hit for six points and Adrian Martinez scored two points. Racking up points for the Warriors were Ashton Griffith and Aiden Miller each with eight points, Ethan Roach with five, Baler Melton and Tyler Adams with four points each and Sam Rivers scored two.
In earlier tourney action, Centertown’s Lady Warriors came away with a win over the Irving College Lady Tigers 21-8. Scoring for Centertown were Krista Chisam with 10 points, Addison Johnson 5, and Jaylie Shehane, Madison Johnson and Liberty Simmons each had two points.
“We have a very young team,” said coach Randy Bess after falling to Centertown. “We’re not too deep and need to work on our positioning and rebounding.”
Eastside’s Lady Bulldogs also won a victory, defeating WCMS Lady Pioneers 43-23. Top scorers for Eastside were Shelby Smartt with a 22 point romp and Sable Winfree with 11 points. Other Lady Bulldogs to score were Dallis Melton with four points and Emeri Cummings, Maria Barboza and Bebe Brackley each with two points. WCMS point posters were Samantha McCormick with eight points, Bella Bain with six, Kyra Perkins had 3, and Kinslee Grissom, Lydia White and Rosa Terrazas each scored two points.
Dibrell’s Wildcats ran away from the Bobby Ray Stars handily winning 39-2. Scoring for Dibrell were Landon Morris with 10 points, Matthew Young had nine, Jeremy Boren and Nathan Elrod each had seven, Garrison Randolph shot for four points and Hayden Jones had two points.