With Christmas just a week away and the schools closing their doors for the holidays, it’s time for basketball tournaments to get into full swing.
The tournament season starts Thursday night with the Bowman Classic at Lynn Camp where the Lady Wildcats and Wildcats will host six other teams.
The Lady Cats, who have not played since beating Letcher 56-20, December 3, will take on J. Frank White at 5:30 Thursday night. They are scheduled to play Riverside Christian Friday 9:30 and Pineville, Saturday at 6:15.
The Corbin Lady Redhounds, winners of two straight, will play in the Berea Holiday Classic. They will open Saturday night at 7 p.m. against 16th region power, West Carter. The Lady Comets come in with a 5-1 record averaging 73.3 points per game. Win or lose, Corbin will play either Boyle County of the 12th region or Clark County of the 10th region. Boyle County comes in 4-0 while Clark County will enter the tournament with a 2-3 record.
The Berea Holiday Classic has become the largest invitational in the state with a 32-team format. There will be 16 teams in Tournament A with Corbin and 16 teams in Tournament B. The two winners will play for the grand championship, Wednesday, December 22.
Among those in the bracket with Corbin are Louisville Presentation, Lexington Dunbar, Powell County, Rowan County, Lincoln County, Montgomery County and Richmond Model.
The Lady Colonels of Whitley County will be at Russell Springs for an eight-team tournament. Whitley County will take on Garrard County Monday at 2:30 Central Time. Win or lose, they will play Monticello or Franklin County Tuesday.
In the top bracket of the tournament is Green County, South Oldham, Russell County and Jenkins.
The Corbin Redhounds will be in Florida next week to play in the 24th Annual Great Florida Shootout at Kissimmee. Corbin (2-2) will take on St. Cloud High School from St. Cloud, Florida. The Bulldogs feature a tall team including 6-7 senior Tyler DeBord who averaged 16 points and eight rebounds as a junior. However, their leading scorer is James Adcock a senior who scored 17 points per game and hauled down nine rebounds a contest last year.
Corbin will be in a bracket with St. Francis of Carolina, Puerto Rico. The Pumas were 30-10 last year and have four starters back. The Pumas will play Eau Gallie High School of Melbourne, Florida. The Commodores were 20-6 last year and ranked as high as eighth in Class 5A.
After Christmas even more area teams will be in tournament play with Williamsburg playing in the Louisville Beth Haven Invitational for the second straight year while coach Jim Rains’ Lady Jackets will take part in the Coca-Cola/Krystal Classic at Campbellsville.
In Louisville, the Jackets will play Owen County in the first-round of the 21st Annual Coca-Cola Holiday Classic at Beth Haven Christian. The Jackets will be in the upper bracket with Beth Haven and Cumberland. The lower bracket will feature Fort Knox vs. Restoration Christian along with Todd County Central and Bardstown.
Not only will Williamsburg be in the Coca-Cola/Krystal Holiday Classic in Campbellsville but Whitley County will defend that title they won last year against Caverna.
In the upper bracket, Whitley County will take on Monroe County, December 27 at 10:45 a.m. while Williamsburg meets Garrard County at 9:30 a.m. Taylor County will meet Casey County and Campbellsville plays Metcalfe County in the other games.
The Corbin Lady Redhounds will be in Florida December 27-30 for the Keswick Suncoast Classic at St. Petersburg.
Closer to home, the annual Redhound Varsity Club’s Cumberland Falls Invitational will begin Monday, December 27th. The Redhounds will take on Hilton Head, South Carolina at 8:30. Prior to that game, Barbourville will take on Fleming County. Day two will find Jackson County playing Dixie Heights, a two-time champion at 7:15, followed by Union, South Carolina vs. Bell County.
Cumberland Falls Invitational
Monday, December 27: Fleming County vs. Barbourville, 6:30; Hilton Head, SC vs. Corbin, 8:30.
Tuesday, December 28: Loser 1 vs. Loser 2, 5:30; Jackson County vs. Dixie Heights, 7:15; Union, SC vs. Bell County 9:30.
Wednesday, December 29: Loser 4 vs. Loser 5, 5:30; Semi-finals 7:15 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 30: Seventh place, 4:00 p.m.; Fourth place, 5:45; Third place, 7:30, Championship 9:15.
Coca-Cola Classic at Campbellsville
Monday, December 27: Garrard County vs. Williamsburg, 9:30 a.m.; Monroe County vs. Whitley County, 10:45.
Tuesday, December 28: Taylor County vs. Casey County, 4 p.m.; Campbellsville vs. Metcalfe County, 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, December 29: Losers’ bracket 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Winners bracket, 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Thursday, December 30: Seventh place at 9 a.m., Fifth place at 12:30 p.m., Third place at 4 p.m. Championship, 7:30 p.m.
24th Annual Coca-Cola Holiday Classic at Beth Haven
Monday, December 27: Beth Haven vs. Cumberland, noon; Owen County vs. Williamsburg, 2 p.m., Ft. Knox vs. Restoration, 3:30 p.m., Todd Central vs. Bardstown, 5:30 p.m. Losers 1 vs. Losers 2, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, December 28: Losers 3 vs. Losers 4, 11 a.m., W1 vs. W2, 9 a.m., W3 vs. W4, 1 p.m., Fifth place, 3 p.m., Third place, 5 p.m., Championship 7 p.m.
McCreary Central Invitational
Monday, December 27: Monticello vs. Oldham County, 4:30; Pulaski County vs. Louisville Central, 7:30; McCreary Central vs. Scott County, Tn, 6 p.m.; Somerset vs. Whitley County, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, December 28: Losers bracket semifinals, 4:30 and 6 p.m.; Winners bracket, 7:30 and 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 29: Seventh place, 4:30 p.m.; Fifth place, 6:00; Third place, 7:30 p.m.; Championship, 9:00 p.m.
Wendy’s Lady Laker Classic
Monday, December 20: Garrard Co. vs. Whitley Co., Green Co. vs. South Oldham, 4 p.m., Monticello vs. Franklin Co., 5:30, Russell Co. vs. Jenkins, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 21: Losers bracket finals, 2:30 and 4 p.m., Winners bracket 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 22: Seventh place, 2:30, Fifth place, 4 p.m., Third place, 5:30, Championship 7:00.
Berea Holiday Classic
Saturday, December 18: Pulaski Co. vs. Richmond Model, 10 a.m.; Montgomery Co. vs. Jackson Co., 11:30 a.m., Bracken Co. vs. Lincoln Co., 1 p.m.; Woodford Co. vs. Rowan Co., 2:30; Burgin vs. Powell County, 4 p.m., Dunbar vs. Presentation, 5:30 p.m., Corbin vs. West Carter, 7:00 p.m., Boyle Co. vs. Clark County, 8:30.
Sunday, December 19: Second rounds – Corbin will play at 5:30 or 4:00 p.m.
Monday, December 20: Winners’ bracket semifinals; Losers’ bracket semifinals.
Tuesday, December 21: Winners’ bracket final, Losers’ bracket final, 8:30 p.m.
All first-round games at Seabury Center.