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Smartt shines as Lady Bulldogs win championship
Members of the 5-6 grade champion Eastside Lady Bulldogs are front row, from left, Bebe Brackley, Maria Barboza, Sable Winfree, Savannah Winfree, and Katelyn Carter. Back row, coach Shawn Palombo, Kourtney Guerrero, Sarah Grace Vinson, Madelyn Powers, Kiersten Basham, Emeri Cummings, Shelby Smartt, and coach Shae Hodges.
Each team came out Saturday evening and tried to establish the tempo and run its offense. After the first half ended in a tie at 8-8, the second half was dominated by the Lady Bulldogs and Eastside claimed first place and the win, 30-19.The 5-6 grade preseason girls championship game featured the Morrison Lady Eagles, who narrowly escaped the first round with a win over Boyd, then earned a convincing second-round win over Dibrell. On the other side of the court, there was an Eastside Lady Bulldog team which defeated two teams by a single point for back-to-back wins in the first and second rounds.