By TONY STINNETT Courier Sports Editor
West Side’s boys and Woodbury’s girls enjoyed a strong start to the 2013-14 grammar school basketball season in the annual Border Wars Tournament at Woodbury Grammar School last week.
Marcus Gannon and Brandon Miles helped lead the charge as the West Side Eagles scored a 42-35 championship win against DeKalb Middle Thursday (Oct. 17).
The Woodbury girls reached the championship game before falling to DeKalb Middle, 43-28.
Katie Linder had the hot hand for Woodbury with 10 points to lead the way.
Local teams participating in the tournaments were East Side, West Side, Woodland and Woodbury Grammar.
Several local standouts were named All-Tournament.
Earning a spot on the Girls All-Tournament team were Kristen Fann (Woodland), Shelby Earls (West Side), Maggie Cook (Woodbury), Hannah Haley (Woodbury), Allie St. John (Woodland), Baily Knox (Woodbury), Sydney Reed (Woodland), Joni Robinson (DeKalb), Abby Evans (DeKalb), and Macy Hedge (DeKalb).
The Boys All-Tournament team included: Cole George (Woodland), Weston Hargrove (Woodland), Jory Isenhart (East Side), Alex Clark (East Side), Treyton Fann (Woodland), Brendon Cox (West Side), Brandon Miles (West Side), Marcus Gannon (West Side), Tyler Cantrell (DeKalb) and Tray Jones (DeKalb).
Woodland scored a 61-20 win against East Side in the boys consolation game. Weston Hargrove poured in 19 points in victory. Jory Isenhart led East Side with eight points.
Woodland’s girls also won the consolation game with a 34-14 win against West Side. Kristen Fann led Woodland with eight points. Shelby Earls tallied eight for West Side.
The tournament started with West Side’s girls rolling to a 45-15 win against East Side. Shelby Earls exploded for a tournament-high 32 points in the opener. Lindsey Bowman led East Side with eight.
Woodbury’s girls opened with a 31-20 win against North Elementary. Maggie Cox led the Cubs with seven points. North was led by Taylor Meeks’ nine points. Woodbury’s girls earned a date in the finals by virtue of their 25-15 win against Woodland in a hard-fought defensive showcase. Hannah Haley poured in 14 points in a winning effort. Kristen Fann led the Lady Warriors with six.
East Side’s boys scored a narrow 32-25 win against Woodbury in first-round action. East Side needed all of Jory Isenhart’s 22 points to secure victory. Austin Moore led Woodbury with eight.
Woodland powered past North Elementary for a 59-13 first-round win as Cole George scored a game-high 15 points.
East Side fell to DeKalb Middle, 53-12, in its semifinal. Jory Isenhart led East Side with eight. DeKalb Middle was led by Tanner Poss’ 11 points.
Perhaps the best game of the tournament was staged by West Side and Woodland’s boys in the semifinals. Brandon Miles led West Side with 15 points as West Side claimed a 31-29 victory. Cole George paced Woodland with 10 points.