Carolina Invitational to feature 64 teams
The majority of high schools in our area will field teams in the third annual Carolina Invitational High School Tournament scheduled for Dec. 27-30 in Charleston.
The tournament will feature girls basketball teams from 64 high schools. Those teams will play some 96 games at multiple locations with eight division championships on the line.
Local teams participating include Ashley Ridge, Summerville, Pinewood Prep, Fort Dorchester, Berkeley, Cane Bay, Cross, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Stratford and Timberland. The tournament also will give fans a chance to see teams from places such as North Carolina, Georgia, Washington D.C., Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Florida and Ohio.
“We are certainly excited to play in the Carolina Invitational over the holiday break,” Ashley Ridge coach Chris Shaw said. “Chuck Beddingfield has done a great job as the managing director, including a good mix of local teams as well as some great teams from throughout the Southeast. I enjoy playing in tournament formats and this will certainly help us down the road as we prepare for region play. I’m also looking forward to watching all of the other teams and talent from other areas to see how we compare and contrast.”
Games will be played at Bishop England, Hanahan, St. Johns and James Island Charter high schools.
Most teams will play on opening day.
Ashley Ridge opens the tournament at 9:30 a.m. against Butler out of Kentucky at Hanahan. Summerville opens against Bullitt East out of Kentucky at 11 a.m. at Bishop England.
Pinewood Prep opens against Goose Creek at 9:30 a.m. at Bishop England.
Fort Dorchester opens at 11 a.m. at James Island against an opponent yet to be determined.
Cane Bay opens at 5 p.m. against West Charlotte at Hanahan.
Hanahan opens by hosting Dacula out of Georgia at 8 p.m.
Stratford opens at 2 p.m. against St. Johns at St. John’s.
A full list of participants as well as a schedule is available at the tournament Website: carolinainvitational.net.