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This weekend is the 17th Annual Habitat Classic and the 10th straight year for Georgetown College's women's team to solely run the event.
The Tigers are bringing in two other Kentucky teams and a nationally competitive Tennessee team to compete in the two-day Classic.
"We are excited about the competition," said veteran GC coach Susan Johnson.
Georgetown opens with Cumberland University 8 p.m. Friday, while Union College and Midway College start things off at 6 p.m.
The Tigers Saturday matchup should be interesting on many different levels. It is the first time Union and Georgetown have met since 1997 when the Tigers went NAIA Division I and it will feature home grown star Rebecca Gray.
"It is a long awaited game against Georgetown and Union," Johnson said. "It will also be 2007 Miss Kentucky Basketball and former Scott County High School standout Rebecca Gray's first games playing for Union."
Tip is set for 4 p.m. with Cumberland and Midway playing a 2 p.m. game.
In preparing for the season, Georgetown played Wright State Monday in a closely contested game. The Tigers were up eight late before falling 71-66 on the road.
"Anytime you can play someone tough on the road, is a good experience," Johnson said. "But it's a game you leave feeling you should have won that one."
The veteran coach hopes her team has learned from the preseason game and is ready for the challenges at hand in the two-day home event. Admittance is $6 for general public and $2 for GC faculty and staff and card-carrying GC students. The tournament helps raise funds for Scott County Habitat for Humanity, which gets 100 percent of the proceeds. Johnson is able to do that because of the numerous generous sponsors who underwrite the entire cost of the tournament. To date this event has raised over $63,000.
Scott County Habitat for Humanity has built 22 homes in the past with support such as this and is currently in the process of building three more.
"We get tremendous support from our sponsors and this year we were able to merge this event with the first-ever Ride & Stride event," Johnson said.
Union College vs. Midway College 6 p.m.
Georgetown College vs. Cumberland University 8 p.m.
Cumberland University vs. Midway College 2 p.m.
Georgetown College vs. Union College 4 p.m.