Eleven girls basketball teams ranked in the top 25 of The Courier-Journal’s preseason poll of coaches will participate in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.
Annually one of Kentucky’s top girls basketball tournaments, the Traditional Bank event will start Monday and run through next Friday’s 6:30 p.m. championship game.
No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Butler headlines the 24-team field. Other Louisville-area representatives will be No. 4 Sacred Heart, No. 11 Manual, No. 17 Eastern, Fairdale and Christian Academy.
Other ranked teams in the field will be No. 3 Murray, No. 8 Simon Kenton, No. 9 Elizabethtown, No. 14 Bowling Green, No. 15 East Carter, No. 16 South Warren and No. 25 Lincoln County.
E’town has won the tournament three straight years, beating Anderson County in the 2013 final, Mercy in the 2014 final and Butler in last year’s final.
Here’s a look at where other Louisville-area teams are heading before Christmas (all times EST):
-No. 13 Mercy will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, for the Nike Tournament of Champions. The Jaguars will play in the John Anderson Division, starting Monday and running through Thursday’s 5 p.m. championship game.
-Oldham County and Pleasure Ridge Park are entered in the Bardstown Holiday Classic, a round-robin event running Monday-Wednesday.
-Collins will play in the Warren East Holiday Hoops Classic starting Monday and running through Wednesday’s 6 p.m. championship game.
-No. 7 Bullitt East will host the inaugural Queen of the Commonwealth, a 16-team event starting Monday and running through Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game. Other ranked teams in the field are No. 5 Male, No. 10 Holmes and No. 21 Campbell County.
-Shelby County will travel to the Lady Marshals Holiday Classic at Marshall County starting Monday and running through Wednesday’s 4 p.m. championship game.
-Bullitt Central will play in the R.E. Williams Holiday Classic at LaRue County starting Monday and running through Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game. No. 19 Breckinridge County headlines the field.
-The Portland Christian Holiday Classic is set for Monday and Tuesday, with Brown, Whitesville Trinity and Calvary Christian also in the field. The final is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
-South Oldham’s Lady Dragon Holiday Hoopfest is set for Wednesday and Thursday. Seneca and Ballard also will represent the Louisville area in the field. The final is set for 4 p.m. Thursday.
-Butler and Male are entered in the Bardstown Holiday Classic starting Monday and running through Wednesday’s 2:15 championship game.
-Oldham County will host the Pegasus Sports Network Best in Hoops Holiday Tournament starting Monday and running through Wednesday’s 8 p.m. final. Joining the host Colonels in the field will be No. 25 Bullitt East, DeSales, Central, Lafayette, Waggener, Bryan Station and Manual.
-The Portland Christian Holiday Classic is set for Monday and Tuesday (7 p.m. championship game). Brown, Beth Haven and Evangel Christian also are in the field.
-Spencer County will host the Nick Burns Classic starting Monday and running through Thursday’s 8 p.m. championship game. Carroll County, Iroquois, South Oldham, Shelby County and North Bullitt also are in the field.
-Christian Academy will play in the Berea Holiday Classic starting Monday and running through Wednesday’s 4:30 p.m. final.
-Collins will play in the Warren East Holiday Hoops Classic starting Monday and running through Wednesday’s 8 p.m. championship game.
-Jeffersontown and Seneca will play in Lexington Christian’s Central Bank Classic, a round-robin event set for Tuesday-Thursday. No. 13 Pulaski County and No. 17 Lexington Christian lead the field.
-Holy Cross, Shawnee and Western will play in the Aleris Christmas Tournament at Hancock County starting Tuesday and running through Thursday’s 7:15 p.m. championship game.
-Southern is entered in the Arby’s/KFC Holiday Classic, a round-robin event set for Tuesday-Friday at McCreary Central.
-Valley will play in the Peoples Exchange Bank Holiday Invitational at Henry Clay set for Tuesday-Thursday (6 p.m. final).
-North Oldham is entered in the Farmers Bank of Jessamine County Tournament set for Wednesday-Friday (8 p.m. final) at East Jessamine and West Jessamine.
-Eastern is entered in the Farmers National Bank Clash of Titans at Mercer County starting Wednesday and running through Friday’s 8 p.m. final. No. 18 Mercer County leads the eight-team field.
-No. 15 Pleasure Ridge Park will play in the Smoky Mountain Classic Christmas Tournament in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, starting Wednesday and running through Friday’s 2:30 p.m. final. No. 23 South Laurel, No. 24 Perry County Central and Corbin also will represent Kentucky in the eight-team Yellow Bracket of the event.
-No. 11 Doss will play in the 72nd annual Paducah Tilghman Christmas Tournament on Thursday and Friday (7 p.m. championship game). No. 9 Hopkinsville and No. 16 University Heights also are in the field.
-St. Francis will play in the KME Christmas Classic at Trigg County, set for Thursday and Friday (5 p.m. championship game).
-Whitefield Academy will travel to the Rose Hill All Private School Invitational on Thursday and Friday.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and email@example.com.
BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS
All times p.m. unless otherwise noted
Pegasus Sports Network Best in Hoops Holiday Tournament
At Oldham County
Monday – DeSales vs. Central, 2:30; Lafayette vs. Bullitt East, 4:15; Waggener vs. Bryan Station, 6:15; Manual vs. Oldham County, 8
Tuesday – Consolation games at 2:30 and 4:15; semifinals at 6:15 and 8
Wednesday – Seventh-place game, 2:30; fifth-place game, 4:15; third-place game, 6:15; final, 8
Portland Christian Holiday Classic
Monday – Brown vs. Beth Haven, 4; Portland Christian vs. Evangel Christian, 7
Tuesday – Third-place game, 2:30; final, 7
Nick Burns Classic
At Spencer County
Monday – North Bullitt vs. Shelby County, 6; Carroll County vs. Spencer County, 7:45
Tuesday – Shelby County vs. South Oldham, 6; Spencer County vs. Iroquois, 7:45
Wednesday – South Oldham vs. North Bullitt, 6; Iroquois vs. Carroll County, 7:45
Thursday – Fifth-place game, 4:30; third-place game, 6:15; final, 8
GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS
All times p.m. unless otherwise noted
Queen of the Commonwealth
At Bullitt East (two gyms)
Monday – Holmes vs. North Bullitt, 2:30; Johnson Central vs. Grayson County, 2:30; Male vs. White House (Tenn.), 4:15; Campbell County vs. Waggener, 4:15; Assumption vs. Spencer County, 6; Webster County vs. Holy Cross, 6; Chicago Marist vs. Central, 7:45; Bullitt East vs. Atherton, 7:45
Tuesday – Games in both gyms at 2:30, 4:15, 6 and 7:45
Wednesday – Games in both gyms at 2:30, 4:15, 6 and 7:45; semifinals at 6 and 7:45
Thursday – 15th-place game, 1; seventh-place game, 1; 13th-place game, 2:45; fifth-place game, 2:45; 11th-place game, 4:30; ninth-place game, 4:30; third-place game, 6; final, 7:30
Portland Christian Holiday Classic
Monday – Calvary Christian vs. Portland Christian, 5:30
Tuesday – Brown vs. Whitesville Trinity, 1; third-place game, 4; final, 5:30
Traditional Bank Holiday Classic
At Lexington Catholic (two gyms)
Monday – Boone County vs. Boyle County, 6:30; Christian Academy vs. Scott, 6:30; Paul Dunbar vs. Fairdale, 8; Danville vs. Ryle, 8
Tuesday – Russell vs. Lincoln County, 6:30; Lexington Catholic vs. Monroe County, 6:30; Russell County vs. Manual, 8; South Warren vs. Somerset, 8
Wednesday – Boone County-Boyle County winner vs. Butler, 4:30; Paul Dunbar-Fairdale winner vs. Simon Kenton, 4:30; Danville-Ryle winner vs. Eastern, 6; Christian Academy-Scott winner vs. Murray, 6; Russell County-Manual winner vs. East Carter, 7:30; Russell-Lincoln County winner vs. Bowling Green, 7:30; Lexington Catholic-Monroe County winner vs. Elizabethtown, 9; South Warren-Somerset winner vs. Sacred Heart, 9
Thursday – Quarterfinals at 3, 4:30, 6:15 and 7:45
Friday – Semifinals at 10 and 11:30 a.m.; final at 6:30
Lady Dragon Holiday Hoopfest
At South Oldham
Wednesday – Ballard vs. Carroll County, 11 a.m.; South Oldham vs. Seneca, 12:30; Williamstown vs. Ballard, 2; Gallatin County vs. Seneca, 3:30; Carroll County vs. Williamstown, 5; South Oldham vs. Gallatin County, 6:30
Thursday – Fifth-place game, 1; third-place game, 2:30; final, 4