KEITH READY/ Cannon Courier
Cannon County sent four grammar school basketball teams to the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament which began January 15th at Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro.
In the Class A girls division, the East Side Girls lost in the first round to North Elementary 47-26. However both the Auburntown Lady Knights and Woodland Lady Warriors advanced to the next round. Auburntown beat Carroll-Oakland 44-18 back on Friday January 15th. Saturday January 16th Woodland beat Van Buren County 42-17.
Scoring for the Woodland Lady Warriors, Anna Grace Sissom with 9, Jessie Kaufman with 7, Kristin Fann added 6 in the win. Woodland's second round game against York Elementary was postponed Saturday January 23rd because of the inclement weather.
Auburntown was eliminated from the tournament as they lost to Pickett County leaving Woodland as the lone Cannon County team left in the Murfreesboro event.
The Westside Eagles boys basketball team survived a close call with Allons Elementary on Martin Luther King Jr. Day as they beat Allons 39-38. Gus Davenport scored 5 of his 19 points, Wade Love added 8 of his total of 12 points in the third quarter to help the Eagles advance to the next round.
Westside was knocked out of the tournament by Red Boiling Springs 27-19 in Thursday's second round action. Red Boiling Springs advances to the semi final round.
In anticipation of playing in the second round of the James C. Haile State Invitational Tournament Thursday, the Westside Eagles basketball teams moved their regular season last county game against Woodbury Grammar to Tuesday January 19th. The girls game went right down to the wire with Woodbury escaping with a 40-38 win. Abbye Moore scored a team high 13 points in the win while Zettie Elrod contributed 11 and Isebel Haley added 8 for the Lady Cubs. For the Lady Eagles, Cierra McClure with a game high 14 points. Madison Logan added 9 and Abbie Maynard had 7.
The Westside Eagles fresh off their win over Allons the night before beat Woodbury Grammar 50-34 Brady Cunningham finished with 17 points to lead the Eagles while teammates Gus Davenport poured in 13 and Wade Love scored 12 in the win. Duncan Cook added 15, Jacob Parton had 8 and Jacob Brock poured in 7 in the loss for the Cubs.