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Georgetown College women's basketball hosts the 19th Annual Habitat Classic this weekend. Three teams will be coming in for a round robin basketball tournament that allows for great early competition and a great fundraiser for the local Habitat for Humanity. Of the teams this year - two are in the NAIA Top 10 and one is in its third year of transition to NCAA Division II.
Friday games will be at 6 pm and 8 pm - No. 2 Shawnee State University vs. Trevecca Nazarene University and No. 6 Georgetown vs. University at Mid-Continent respectively. Saturday, Shawnee and Mid-Continent play at 2 pm. At the halftime of this game will be the banner unveiling and ring ceremony for the GC Fab Four team this past March. The Tigers then tip it off at 4 pm against future Great Midwest Athletic Conference foe Trevecca.
"This is an event where we bring in teams from several levels that will provide a good game of basketball," said former GC coach and tournament organizer Susan Johnson. "But the foundation of it all is to help raise money to build homes for those in need in Scott County."
In 18 years, more than $80,000 has been raised and 30 homes built. The Tiger athletes and coaches have also spent the past several years helping build those homes and have a chance to really connect with the area community.
"We often have families that own those homes come to the tournament," said GC coach Andrea McCloskey. "It is exciting for our players to be building those relationships and seeing how they can help and be active in the area."
Shawnee State has been a consistent contender even in the transition from NAIA Division II to Division I. The Bears have advanced to the national tournament the past three seasons, losing to Azusa Pacific and Union University the past two times. They are picked to when the Mid-South Conference this year, just ahead of Georgetown. GC and SSU have split their meetings the past several seasons.
Trevecca is in its third year of transitioning to an NCAA Division II institution. The Trojans are 23-33 the past two seasons and have lost twice to Georgetown. They have 10 returners and are currently 1-0 this season.
Mid-Continent has had a rocky past two seasons, but the Cougars brought in a new head coach and are 2-3 coming off a one-point win over Midway this past week.
Sponsors for this year's event are:
FOUNDATION LEVEL - Toyota Tsusho America, Comfort Suites, GCH, Chick-fil-A, Kentucky Bank, Best Western Hotel, Georgetown Kiwanis and Sodexo
FRAMERS LEVEL - GC Auxiliary Services, Candlewood Suites, GC SGA, Holiday Inn - Georgetown, SC Women's Club, Hampton Inn - Dry Ridge and Georgetown Family Chiropractic.
FINISHERS LEVEL - Lowe's Sporting Goods, Golden Corral, Rob Jones Electric, Craig & Hall Insurance, Georgetown Flowers, S&S Tire, Subway, Charlotte and Gervis Showalter, Burton Sales Co. Seeds & Saplings, Signature Real Estate and John Reid DMD.