Champions will be crowned tonight throughout Warren County as elementary basketball preseason tournaments come to a close. The District 1 and District 2 tournaments have been running all week and four teams will get to hoist a trophy tonight.
The District 1 tournament, which is being played at Bobby Ray, will start its championship games tonight at 5:45 p.m. In the girls title tilt, Hickory Creek will test its skill against West Elementary. In the boys game, tentatively slated for 7 p.m., the Hawks will take on the Irving College Tigers.
At Dibrell, the host site for the District 2 tournament, the girls championship game will feature the Lady Wildcats trying to protect their home court against Eastside. In the boys title matchup, high scoring offenses will clash when Centertown and Eastside take the court.
Kids couldn’t wait until winter to get on the hardwood this season. The elementary tournaments kicked off Monday night as both districts set out to see who would emerge as early favorites in county basketball. As its been for the past few seasons, District 1 features Hickory Creek, Bobby Ray, West Elementary, Irving College and Boyd, while District 2 teams include Dibrell, Eastside, Centertown and Morrison.
Traditionally, the teams are made up of players in grades 4-6. Teams can dip down into the lower grades at their school, as many already have this season. The 7-8 grade elementary season will start in a few months.
Early action in both districts already shows there could be plenty of surprises this season. In District 1, the Boyd Broncos got off to a big start this week, winning an elementary league game for the first time in over three years.
Boyd beat Bobby Ray 22-16, led by Alton Womack’s 10 points. It was a huge win for school, which leans heavily on second and third graders to fill out its roster. Boyd doesn’t have a girls team in the league this season.
The Broncos weren’t able to move into the finals though, falling Tuesday to Irving College 41-18. The Tigers saw brothers Eastlan and Anden Green go off in their season opener, with Anden dropping 20 points and Eastlan finishing with 13.
The Tigers will have to tangle with Hickory Creek tonight after the Hawks topped West Elementary 37-8 Tuesday in the semifinals.
In the District 1 girls title game, Maelee Turner will be trying to have another huge game for Hickory Creek. Turner scored 17 points in the Lady Hawks 31-2 win over Bobby Ray. West Elementary can counter with a big time 1-2 scoring punch of Dorlia Haycox and Lyric Locke.
Haycox and Locke combined for 31 points as the Lady Wizards beat Irving College 33-11 to make it to the finals.
In District 2, Eastside is looking for a clean sweep of the preseason titles. The Lady Bulldogs will lean heavily on Sarah Kate Winfree, who has the highest scoring game of any elementary player in either preseason tournament. Winfree scored 23 points in a 27-15 win over Centertown.
The Bulldogs have a balanced attack that flummoxed Morrison in the semifinals, leading a 42-15 victory. Kingston Judkins (15 points) and Christian Munoz (13 points) were the top scorers in the win over the Warriors.
The Eastside boys will have their hands full against a strong Centertown squad. The Warriors were impressive in a 48-19 victory over Dibrell, led by Kiptyn Medley’s 18 points.
Dibrell’s girls have a chance to win a title on their home court after beating Morrison 18-12 Monday night. Addison Cantrell led the Lady Wildcats with eight points in a close contest.
Check back on the Warren County Sports Authority website to see who came out on top in Thursday’s championship games.
DISTRICT 2 GIRLS
Lady Wildcat scoring – Addison Cantrell 8, Kora Adcock 4, Hannah Young 4, Lola Tittsworth 2
Lady Eagle scoring – Kristina Munzon 6, Baylee Vincion 4, Charlette Saldera 2
Lady Bulldog scoring – Sarah Kate Winfree 23, Lily Hawkins 4
Lady Warrior scoring – Kate Williams 6, Charley Wilson 3, Stella Dunn 2, Reese Reinitz 2, Tenlee Medley 2
DISTRICT 2 BOYS
Warrior scoring – Kiptyn Medley 16, Wesley Romzek 10, Jackson Moore 9, Isaac Smith 7, Carter Melson 6
Wildcat scoring – Dylan Hernandez 9, Alex Perez 5, Andre Mietling 4, Trigg Culwell 1
Bulldog scoring – Kingston Judkins 15, Christian Munoz 13, Ty Arnold 7, Malachi Wilcher 3, Braylon Burch 2, Sampson Winfree 2
Eagle scoring – Kennedy Ramsey 4, Micah Fleming 4, AJ Whitman 2, Weston Murphy 2, Jaylen Norwood 2, Cooper Murphy 1
DISTRICT 1 GIRLS
West Elementary 33
Irving College 11
Lady Wizard scoring – Dorlia Haycox 17, Lyric Locke 14, Layleigh Mullins 2
Lady Tiger scoring – Zara Laxson 7, Ashlyn Bailey 2, Taylor Jagnandan 2
Hickory Creek 31
Bobby Ray 2
Lady Hawk scoring – Maelee Turner 17, Adasha Haswell 6, Kinsley Simpson 4, Willa Denning 4
Lady Star scoring – Christy Farmer 2
Irving College 24
Bobby Ray 16
Lady Tiger scoring – Summer Wanamaker 10, Ashlyn Bailey 6, Zara Laxson 4, Emma Lyle 2
Lady Star scoring – Braelyn Lafevers 4, Karsyn Mathis 4, Christy Farmer 4, Clara Martin 2, Abigail Eckel 2
DISTRICT 1 BOYS
Bobby Ray 16
Bronco scoring – Alton Womack 10, Clayton Keele 7, Justin Spry 4, Bennett Perry 1
Star scoring – Bryce Majors 8, Cason Farrar 4, Kiptin Carpenter 4
Hickory Creek 37
Hawk scoring – Layne Taylor 10, Adam Oleksik 8, Aiden van Vuuren 6, Amarion Verge 4, Jacob Graves 4, Easton Pelham 2, Bowman Stotts 2, Lee Davis 1
Wizard scoring – Timothy Blakely 4, L’Amire Scott 2, Caleb McAllister 2
Irving College 41
Tiger scoring – Anden Green 20, Eastlan Green 13, Drystan Cantrell 4, Mason Petrovic 2, Dakota Lockemy 2
Bronco scoring – Justin Spry 10, Clayton Keele 4, Nolan Keele 2, Alton Womack 2