Ninety Six set to host second Christmas tournament
Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:00 AM
Ninety Six High School girls basketball coach Anarie Duckett knows her players are going to have some tired legs by the end of Saturday.
Varsity Girls Basketball
* 6 p.m. — Wildcat Christmas Tournament, Ninety Six vs. Ware Shoals at Ninety Six High School
* 7:30 p.m. — Wildcat Christmas Tournament, Calhoun Falls vs. Greenville Tech Charter at Edgewood Middle School
Varsity Boys Basketball
* 6 p.m. — Wildcat Christmas Tournament, Calhoun Falls vs. Palmetto at Edgewood Middle School
* 7:30 p.m. — Wildcat Christmas Tournament, Ninety Six vs. Ware Shoals at Ninety Six High School
She just hopes they have another trophy to show for it.
Ninety Six plays host to the Wildcat Christmas Tournament starting today at Ninety Six High School and Edgewood Middle School. This year's event, the second one of its kind to be contested at Ninety Six, features four teams in both boys and girls basketball.
The girls tournament field will consist of Ninety Six, Ware Shoals, Calhoun Falls Charter and Greenville Tech Charter, while the boys field is made up of Ninety Six, Ware Shoals, Calhoun Falls and Palmetto.
Duckett's girls team won last year's inaugural event, and are looking to repeat. But to do so, this year's Wildcats (7-0) will have to endure a brutal stretch of games.
Having already played Tuesday and Wednesday night, and with four games coming as part of the tournament, Ninety Six will have played six games in five days by the time the tournament ends Saturday, leaving Duckett with the task of trying to conserve as much energy as possible in a roster that consists of only nine players.
"You try to get in as many people as you can to rest some legs," Duckett said. "We're hopeful we can get some other kids in and get them some playing time. We're going to pull some (junior varsity) players up so they can get a little bit of experience and maybe help rest some people. Hopefully it'll all go well and we'll all have a good time."
On the boys' side, Wildcats (X-X) coach Ike Dickey doesn't quite the manpower problems Duckett does, though the boys will be without starting center Malik Carroll this weekend.
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