Dec 5, 2018
Enterprise State Community College will play host to the inaugural Geneva County-ESCC Campus Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8.
The tournament will feature seven teams from around the area and according to ESCC, is an effort to give girls basketball players more exposure and a hope to being a partnership between area schools and ESCC.
“It makes me happy to see us come together, especially during the Christmas time of year, and we hope to have a great turnout on Friday and Saturday and that it is a memorable event for all of the teams,” ESCC President Matt Rodgers said.
New Brockton, Geneva County, G.W. Long, Florala, Andalusia, Carroll and Pike County will play in the inaugural tournament.
Play begins on Friday, Dec. 7, and continues on Dec. 8 with each team playing two games in the tournament.
Geneva County coach and Tournament Director Karie Striplin said that she hopes this tournament becomes an annual event at ESCC.
“The second week of December is an open weekend for tournaments and we think it’s a perfect date to do it every year,” Striplin said. “I’m excited for the girls to get more exposure like the boys do in other tournaments.”
New Brockton coach Gloria Hylton echoed Striplin’s sentiments in terms of getting more exposure for female athletes.
“I’m very excited about this tournament,” Hylton said. “I felt like this would be a great experience for our girls for them to get that added exposure of this tournament.
“It’s great because they don’t get as much exposure (as boys) a lot of times and it’s a great opportunity for them to be possibly seen by recruiters or scouts. It’s really just a great opportunity for everyone.”
On Dec. 7, Geneva County will face off against Florala at 5:30 p.m., while the rest of the games take place on Dec. 8.
Long will face Andalusia at 11:30 a.m., New Brockton will play Carroll at 1 p.m., Geneva County will play Andalusia at 2:30 p.m., Florala will play Pike County at 4 p.m., Long faces Carroll at 5:30 p.m. and New Brockton will play Pike County at 7 p.m.
ESCC is not charging tournament fees to any of the teams involved but admission will be $6 per day.