The Andrew Johnson Bank Ladies' Classic will celebrate its
30th anniversary this year, and tournament planners have announced the teams and first round
pairings for the event, which will start on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Hal Henard
The Classic is assured of a new champion in 2018 as Bradley
Central, winner of the tournament the past two seasons, will not participate this
The tournament traditionally brings together 16 of the top girls'
basketball teams in Tennessee as well as adjoining states to battle for the coveted crown. All five
of the local teams --Greeneville, South Greene, West Greene, Chuckey-Doak and North Greene -- will
participate, while other squads considered as "home" teams will be Morristown West, Jefferson
County and Daniel Boone.
Tournament dates this year are Dec. 26-29,
Wednesday through Saturday. A total of 29 games are played over that four-day
"The tournament committee has been planning for the 2018 Classic just
about ever since the 2017 tourney ended," said Ron Metcalfe, tournament chairman. "We feel we
have brought in a group of quality teams that will provide plenty of excitement and entertainment
for our faithful fans."
With Christmas falling on Tuesday this year,
Metcalfe said the committee was forced to start the tournament on the day after Christmas so it
can be completed before Sunday.
"That's not ideal but it happens that way
when Christmas falls mid-week," he said. "We would rather not start on Dec. 26 so teams that have
to travel a longer distance can have that extra day. But there are some times when we have to do
that, and this is one of those years. Of course there will be some years when the tournament teams
have to be held over a weekend, so those are just things that have to be dealt
Five out-of-state teams -- four from Kentucky and one from North
Carolina -- will be in the tournament field, so travel distances are not as far as in some
Eight games are played the first three days of the tournament,
with five games scheduled on the final day, leading up to the championship tilt, which this year
is set for Saturday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m.
The tournament's opening round on
Dec. 26 starts at 10 a.m. with local team Chuckey-Doak taking on another East Tennessee squad,
Sullivan Central. That game is followed at 11:30 by Morristown West taking on Campbell County, a
school making its first tourney appearance.
At 1 p.m. will be a very
interesting matchup between Daniel Boone and Oak Ridge, followed at 2:30 by Jefferson County vs.
Franklin County, Ky. The 4 p.m. contest finds West Greene High taking on G.R. Clark High of
The evening games will have North Greene meeting Providence Day
School of North Carolina at 5:30, followed at 7 p.m. by South Greene vs. Bath County, Ky., and the
8:30 p.m. finale with Greeneville vs. Belfry, Ky.
Losers' bracket games
start at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27.
Ticket information will be
announced soon. They will be available at the Greene County Partnership and at Andrew Johnson