The Republic Bank/Coca-Cola Louisville Invitational Tournament will resume Friday, featuring six girls’ basketball teams ranked in the Top 20 of The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings and two rematches from earlier this season.
Friday’s quarterfinals at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday’s semifinals are set for 10 and 11:30 a.m., with Saturday’s championship game set for 8 p.m.
Here’s a brief look at Friday’s quarterfinals:
* No. 12 Butler (16-3) vs. No. 17 Franklin County (16-3), 4 p.m.: These teams met Saturday at Mercy’s Raatz Fence/O’Shea’s Classic, with the Bearettes pulling out a 58-43 victory.
Sophomore Jaelynn Penn, Butler’s top scorer at 9.9 points per game, missed Wednesday’s 71-61 overtime victory over North Bullitt with an illness. Her status for Friday’s game is uncertain.
Franklin County has four players averaging double-figures in scoring, led by sophomore Princess Stewart (14.6 ppg). The young Lady Flyers have just one senior on their roster.
* No. 16 Male (16-1) vs. No. 2 Henderson County (19-1), 5:30 p.m.: Male rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat rival Manual 62-52 in overtime on Wednesday. The Lady Bulldogs are led in scoring by freshman guards Emelia Sexton (12.6 ppg) and Ciaja Harbison (10.6 ppg).
Henderson County has a 14-game winning streak and is undefeated against Kentucky competition this season. Senior DeAsia Outlaw leads the Lady Colonels in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.6 rpg).
* Sacred Heart (15-5) vs. No. 1 Elizabethtown (21-2), 7 p.m.: Sacred Heart enters with an eight-game winning streak after knocking off Eastern 60-45 on Wednesday. Freshman Grace Berger leads the Valkyries in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.6 rpg).
E’town has won 10 in a row and is undefeated against Kentucky competition this season. Erin Boley, who has committed to Notre Dame and is ranked among the nation’s top college prospects in the Class of 2016, is averaging 20.4 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.
* No. 14 Mercy (15-6) vs. Ashland Blazer (17-4), 8:30 p.m.: These teams met Dec. 22 in the semifinals of the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic, with Mercy winning 55-52.
Senior Malerie Martin, who has committed to Lindsey Wilson, leads the Jaguars in scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg).
Ashland Blazer senior Alexis Robinson averages 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game and has signed with Colorado. The Kittens reached the state semifinals last season before falling to eventual state champion Butler.