Semifinals set in 3-Pt Club tourney
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The semifinals are set for the 7-8 grade elementary tournaments. So far, there have been no upsets, but Cinderella teams could emerge when the final four teams in girls and boys basketball clash Tuesday night at Charlie Dalton Gym.
Saturday’s kickoff of the 3-Point Club postseason tournament featured all the favored seeds taking care of business. Every game was decided by double figures, with several teams trying to build momentum going forward as they set their sights on county supremacy.
In girls actions, Dibrell took care of Irving College 26-15, while Eastside walloped Boyd 53-9. On the boys side, Eastside edged Centertown 42-30 and Irving College handled Boyd 53-26. All four winners will now move on to Tuesday’s game, which will start at 4:30 p.m.
In Saturday’s early morning game, Maddox Adams and the Lady Wildcats rolled out of bed and picked up a victory. Adams, one of the league’s top five scorers during the season, had 10 points as Dibrell advanced to the semifinals. Lillie Holman and Ana Dimas chipped in six points apiece as the Lady Wildcats pulled away in the second half after leading at halftime 13-12.
Jayla Hudson tried to help the Lady Tigers pull off a big upset, scoring six points. Irving College couldn’t keep pace in the second half tough, scoring just three points after the break. Lilly Cathcart and Ali Young had four points each in the season-ending loss.
In the second girls game, Sarah Kate Winfree and the Lady Bulldogs were too much for the Lady Broncos. Winfree, a sixth grader, continued to light up the scoreboards this winter, more than doubling up Boyd on her own with 20 points.
Zoi Radny also had more points than the Lady Broncos combined, finishing with 16 points, while Avery Bolding and Maci Bush each scored four. Dara Stubblefield scored all nine of Boyd’s points.
Eastside will have a rubber match with Centertown to decide one of the teams in the tournament finals. The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Warriors split the regular-season series, but Centertown gained the No. 2 seed (and a bye) due to the point differential the head-to-head series. The two solid squads are set to play Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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When the Eastside boys took the court, it was another Winfree doing the heavy lifting. Lex Winfree was a bulldozer for the Bulldogs, scoring 17 points as Centertown had no match for the big man in the paint. Donnivin Johnson was also key to the 12-point win over the Warriors, scoring 10 points and playing hounding defense.
Sixth-grader Kiptyn Medley stepped up for Centertown, scoring 13 points in the finale for the Warriors. Cohen Moore was next in line with eight.
Saturday’s final game saw Corban Felton and Jack Rhoton get into a scorer’s duel, only Felton had plenty of support as well. Two of the league’s premier shooters traded buckets during Irving College’s blowout win, with Felton racking up 20 points and Rhoton finishing with 19.
Felton was a menace in the lane, off steals and in transition, ripping through Boyd over and over on his way to the basket. Rhoton did his damage on the other end from the outside, draining four 3-pointers for the Broncos.
Wesley Clendenon helped the Tigers run away with the win though, scoring 16 points as the Broncos had no way of stopping one of Irving College’s star posts.
Felton and Clendenon will have to put up big numbers again if the Tigers want to advance to the finals. Irving College will have to take down No. 2 Dibrell Tuesday (8:15 p.m. tip-off) to advance. Dibrell won both the regular season matchups, including an epic two-overtime victory at Irving College.
Tuesday’s other games involve the top-seeded Morrison Eagles and Lady Eagles. The girls team will play Dibrell at 4:30 p.m., while the Eagles will square off with Eastside at 5:45 p.m. All tournament games will be played at Charlie Dalton Gym.
While there is some talk of moving the last game of the tournament to Friday night – when there are no games at the high school – the finals are still currently scheduled for Saturday. Follow the WCSA on Facebook and Twitter for more information on the 7-8 grade elementary brackets.
WCS-TV plans to broadcast the finals live, with WCSA's own Jeff Simmons and Trevor Evans on the call.
Elementary Box Scores
Dibrell 26, Irving College 15
Lady Wildcat scoring – Maddox Adams 10, Lillie Holman 6, Ana Dimas 6, Jenna Mullins 2, Dayana Esparza 2
Lady Tiger scoring – Jayla Hudson 6, Lilly Cathcart 4, Ali Young 4, Zoé Jones 1
Eastside 42, Centertown 30
Bulldog scoring – Lex Winfree 17, Donnivin Johnson 10, Jake Gilespie 6, Christian Munoz 4, Matthew Cox 3, Kingston Judkins 2
Warrior scoring – Kiptyn Medley 13, Cohen Moore 8, Wesley Romzek 5, Kaden Jones 2, Ryder Gilispie 2
Eastside 53, Boyd 9
Lady Bulldog scoring – Sarah Kate Winfree 20, Zoi Radny 14, Avery Bolding 6, Macie Bush 6, Ansli Womack 4, Kyaira Sharpe 2, Atlanta Fults 1
Lady Bronco scoring – Dara Stubblefield 9
Irving College 53, Boyd 26
Tiger scoring – Corban Felton 20, Wesley Clendenon 16, Trathan Taylor 5, Anden Green 4, Drystan Cantrell 3, Mason Petrovic 2, Peyton Rucker 2, Brayden Snider 1
Bronco scoring – Jack Rhoton 19, Weston Wright 3, Peyton Huntley 1, Clay Akers 1, Clayton Keele 1, Alton Womack 1