The District 1 preseason tournament was held last week at Bobby Ray Elementary. Hickory Creek won the girls championship, and Irving College won the boys championship.
In the boys bracket, Boyd Christian beat Bobby Ray to advance to the second round. Boyd Christian then lost to Irving College.
Hickory Creek beat West Elementary in the first round, and earned the right to play in the championship match against Irving College.
Thursday night, Irving College beat Hickory Creek for first place. West Elementary beat Boyd Christian in the boys consolation game for third place.
In the girls bracket, Hickory Creek beat Bobby Ray in the first round. West beat Irving College in the other first-round game. Irving College beat Bobby Ray for third place in the consolation game.
Thursday night, Hickory Creek’s girls beat West Elementary for first place.
PLAYER COMMENTS FROM THE FIRST PLACE TEAMS
Irving College standout and all-tournament player Anden Green said, “I say that we all played great that game. We all played good defense, and we all got the ball around. We all scored points, and that is all that matters. I think of every team being on the same level. If I did not have my teammates, there would be no me.”
Hickory Creek standout and all-tournament player Maelee Turner said, “I do not know how many points I scored tonight. I think we did really well. We have room for improvement, but we did well. I think our offense was really good tonight. I hustled and played hard. I scored most of my points on layups.”
HICKORY CREEK 31
WEST ELEMENTARY 14
Hickory Creek: Maelee Turner 12, Kinsley Simpson 11, Harper Patrick 4, Layla Guthrie 2, Adasha Haswell 2
West Elementary: Lyric Locke 8, Dorlia Haycox 3, Rosa Bogle 2, Avani Fults 1
IRVING COLLEGE 38
HICKORY CREEK 13
Irving College: Aden Green 22, Eastlan Green 4, Trenton Martin 4, Drystan Cantrell 2, Mason Petrovic 2, Eli Pack 2, Peyton Rucker 2,
Hickory Creek: Layne Taylor 5, Jacob Graves 3, Aiden van Vuuren 3, Adam Olesik 2