Lt. Nick Brantley Tournament begins today

Published 11:11 am Thursday, November 30, 2017

AHOSKIE – The 2017 Lt. Nick Brantley Scholarship Tournament will begin today (Thursday) at two locations, both here and in Merry Hill.

Ridgecroft School – Brantley’s alma mater – will host fellow Tarheel Independent Schools member Northeast Academy in a quartet of first round games beginning at 4 pm with the junior varsity girls followed by the jayvee boys tilt. After those contests are complete, the Ridgecroft girls varsity will defend its 2016 tournament championship in a game against the Lady Eagles, with the boys squaring off in the nightcap.

Ridgecroft teammates Brooke Rose (left) and Skylar Brown (seated) battle Haven Jilcott of Northeast Academy for control of a loose ball in opening round action of last year’s Lt. Nick Brantley Scholarship Tournament . The two local schools will meet again tonight (Thursday) in a first round game of the same tournament held at the Ridgecroft gym. The 12th annual event also had games slated for Friday and Saturday.

This will be the second meeting this season between Ridgecroft and Northeast as the Lady Rams topped NEA 44-23 for the Eric Baggett Memorial Tournament crown at Bethel Assembly Christian Academy back on Nov. 18.

Also today, Lawrence Academy will be hosting four first round games in Merry Hill at their gymnasium against Pungo Christian Academy: junior varsity games start the action at 4 p.m. with varsity games following.

Friday – and for the rest of the tournament – all the action shifts to Ridgecroft with the junior varsity consolation games (girls, then boys) beginning at 4; the varsity consolation contests for third place will be tipping off after the early j.v. games are complete.

Saturday features the championship games at Ridgecroft beginning at 1 p.m. with the junior varsity girls followed by the j.v. boys title match-up around 2 p.m. The varsity girls championship will tip around 3:15-3:30 and the boys championship will finish the night of basketball action after the girl’s contest is complete.

The awards ceremony closes out the night with the announcement of the 2018 Brantley scholarship recipients, along with the naming of the All-Tournament teams, and the Sportsmanship Award.