Round two of the holiday high school basketball tournaments begins Thursday and includes the longest-running invitational in the area.
The 12th annual Lindberg Moody Holiday Tournament at Northwestern runs through Saturday, with four games each day beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The championship for the boys-only tournament is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday night.
Thursday’s first round games are: Imo vs. Boiling Springs, 3:30p.m.; Aiken vs. Fort Mill, 5 p.m.; Strom Thurmond vs. Northwestern, 6:30 p.m. and Carolina Forest vs. Concord (N.C.) at 8 p.m.
The tournament is held in memory of Northwestern’s first basketball coach, Lindberg Moody, who died in a car crash while coaching there. Money raised from the tournament helps to provide a scholarship to a graduating senior from Northwestern High School as well as a senior member from one of the participating teams.
South Carolina’s Irmo, the No. 1-ranked team in S.C., brings a wealth of experience, including South Carolina signee, Justin McKie, son of B.J. McKie, a former player Gamecocks player.
Defending Moody champion Concord returns an entire team that is one of the favorites for a N.C. state championship this season.
Tickets are $8 per day. A $20 All tournament pass will also be available on the first day.
Another annual tournament getting on in years also tips off Thursday, the girls-only Bank of York Invitational, that includes varsity and junior-varsity teams.
Thursday’s first-round varsity games are: West Mecklenburg vs. South Pointe, 10 a.m.; Greenwood vs. Gaffney, 11:30 a.m.; Broome vs. York, 1 p.m.; Irmo vs. Ashbrook, 2:30 p.m. The winners and losers meet in the second round beginning at 2:30 p.m.
The junior-varsity tournament begins at 11 a.m., with Northwestern playing Gaffney. York and South Pointe play at 2:20 p.m.
“Our tournament really touches on that Title IX article written this fall about how far women’s athletics has come,” York coach Paula Blackwell said. “With our awesome facility we can have two games going on at one time. Eight varsity girls teams and four JV girls teams are going to be in town. Kind of like the movie, ‘Field of Dreams’...if you build it, they will come.”
Games start at 10 a.m. in the main gym and 11 a.m. in back gym and run until 7 pm. Varsity teams will play two games on Thursday.
Parents who have a daughter on a JV and varsity team can stand up top and watch each game through the viewing windows.
Rock Hill’s boys, coming of the championship of their own tournament last week, travel to Dorman for the Upward Classic Tournament.
Nation’s Ford’s boys are headed Florida and begin play in the in Deltona Holiday Classic on Friday.
See below for tonight’s tournament schedule:
Holiday basketball tournaments
Great Falls (Boys) in Farm Bureau Classic, Chesterfield, TBA
Rock Hill (Boys) in Upward Classic Tournament, Dorman HS
Fort Mill, Northwestern (Boys) in Lindberg Moody Tournament at Northwestern,
South Pointe (Boys) in Modie Richer Classic, Charleston
Clover (Boys) in Comporium Classic
York, South Pointe (Girls) in Bank of York Tournament
Northwestern (Girls) in Carolina Invitational
Great Falls (Girls) in Andrew Jackson Christmas Tournament