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Tipping off
Elementary basketball begins
Lauren Slatton will be heading to her third straight state tournament after winning the Region 4AA tournament held in Cookeville Monday.

It didn’t take long for there to be some excitement on the hardwood in Warren County. Monday was the start of the elementary district tournaments and a double overtime thriller highlighted play at Bobby Ray.

The Boyd Broncos were able to come out on top of the memorable first game, beating Bobby Ray 31-30 in extra time. In other District 1 matchups Monday, the Irving College Lady Tigers defeated the West Lady Wizards 28-5 and the Bobby Ray Lady Stars downed the Boyd Lady Broncos 36-2.

In District 2 play across town, the finals were set as four teams prevailed. In girls action, Centertown beat Morrison 32-14 and Eastside topped Dibrell 17-15. In the boys games, Eastside topped Morrison 27-12 and Dibrell got by Centertown 28-20.

It was the first night of school ball for a number of kids Monday. For the talented players powering the Broncos and Stars, it will be a moment they won’t soon forget.

Boyd, riding big games from Clayton Keele and Justin Spry, led most of the way against the Stars, but Bobby Ray made a big rally late. Behind a six-point breakout by Bentley Lafevers late in the third and two big buckets from Adair Holguin in the fourth, the Stars were able to tie the game at 26 in the final minutes.

Neither team could get the go-ahead bucket down the stretch, leaving the teams to head to overtime to figure out which team would advance to the preseason tournament semifinals. 

Nolan Keele was able to finish through contact in the first overtime for the Broncos, though the ensuing free throw just missed the mark as Boyd tried to gain the upper hand.

Down by just two, Andres Mares made his only basket for the Stars Monday count as he tied the game and forced a second overtime.

In the last OT, Spry ended up hitting a crucial free throw and getting a late bucket that proved to be the difference. Bobby Ray’s nine missed free throws in the extra periods were too much to overcome as the Stars fell by one on their home court.

The boys game was a nail biter at Bobby Ray, but the girls games both turned into blowouts.

In the first game of the year, Christy Farmer and Maddie Bryant had huge games to lead the Lady Stars past the Lady Broncos. Farmer finished with 18 points, including 10 in the first quarter, to pace Bobby Ray, while Bryant finished with 10.

While it wasn’t the outcome the Lady Broncos wanted, it was still a big step for the program that has struggled to field a sixth grade team in recent years. Boyd’s fans went crazy when Riley Turner got the Lady Broncos on the board in the fourth quarter.

In the night cap, Irving College made quick work of West to make it to the tournament finals. Taylor Jaghandan came up clutch with 10 points, while Emma Lyle added eight as the Lady Tigers will now play for the championship Thursday at 6:45 p.m.

The star players in District 2’s matchups Monday were Dibrell’s Hailan Myers and Lady Warrior Reese Reinitz. Myers had a team-high 13 points as the Wildcats beat Morrison and Reinitz poured in 10 points to guide the Centertown girls to the District 2 championship game.

The District 2 title tilts will start Thursday at 6 p.m. with the Lady Wildcats facing the Dibrell Lady Wildcats. In the boys championship game at 7 p.m., the Dibrell Wildcats will take on the Eastside Bulldogs.