Fans needing a holiday craving for high school basketball need to look no further than Riverdale High School the next two days.
The annual State Farm Classic tips off this morning at Riverdale, with six games on tap today and Saturday. Franklin County and Antioch girls play first at 11:30 a.m., followed by Oakland and Rossview girls at 1 p.m.
Blackman’s boys will face Millington at 2:30 p.m., and Riverdale’s boys meet Ravenwood at 4 p.m.
The highlight game of the day will feature the defending state champion Riverdale girls versus Lovett High, which is the defending Georgia state champion. Smyrna girls meet Class AAA runner-up Science Hill at 7 p.m.
Riverdale’s girls, who are undefeated, have already faced a top-notch schedule, but it will get even more difficult today and Saturday when they face Lovett and Science Hill in a rematch of last year’s state title game.
“I think it’s great for the city of Murfeesboro,” said Riverdale coach Cory Barrett. “There will be a lot of good basketball teams here. It’s right before Christmas and it can kind of fill a void for sports fans. We’re excited about it and excited to play such two great programs.”
Lovett features post player and Virginia signee Sydney Umeri and point guard and Princeton signee Taylor Brown. Carrie Mutombo, the daughter of former Georgetown and NBA great Dikembe Mutombo, also plays for the squad.
“Umeri is a great player,” Barrett. “She’s a 6-2 kid who turned down Stanford and Duke. They’ve got a guard going to Princeton, but they’re very post-oriented and they’ve got a really, really good basketball team.”
Science Hill lost to Riverdale in the state title game last March at Murphy Center, but the Lady Toppers played the game without MTSU signee Shy Copney, who suffered a knee injury the previous night. Riverdale also features two MTSU signees in Olivia Jones and Tyisha Petty.
Blackman’s boys and Oakland’s girls also go into the State Farm Classic undefeated.
In other action today, Siegel’s boys face Gate City (Va.) in Johnson City, Siegel’s girls visit Columbia, Blackman’s girls travel to Mt. Juliet, both Eagleville squads host Forrest and La Vergne’s girls play Westmoreland in the Gallatin Classic.