Classic in the Country VIII: Ohio’s top girls basketball event tips off Saturday

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Ohio Girls Basketball Report

The Ohio high school girls basketball state tournament will be held
March 17-19 at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. Those wanting a sneak
peak at the eventual state champions
, though, can catch them Jan. 15-17
at the eighth annual Classic in the Country.


The Ohio high school girls basketball state tournament will be held March 17-19 at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. Those wanting a sneak peak at the eventual state champions, though, can catch them Jan. 15-17 at the eighth annual Classic in the Country. At least history dictates those who will handle the hardware in March will be on hand at Berlin Hiland High School. This event is that good.

Since its inaugural run in 2004, the Classic in the Country has become a whose-who of high school girls basketball. And it’s also become a showcase for state champions.
Over the last seven years, 21 of Ohio’s 28 state champions have played in the CIC. This year three reigning state champions are in the fold again.

Overall, 45 Final Four teams in Ohio have played in the CIC during the season they made the state semifinals.

Did we mention the last seven Ms. Basketball winners have also played in the CIC?

Collectively, it’s doubtful there’s another girls basketball event in the country that offers so much talent over a three-day span that includes 31 teams and 20 games.

The result of hard work by many, including CIC director and Ohio Girls Basketball Report founder Tom Jenkins, the CIC is Ohio’s marquee girls basketball event and arguably one of the country’s best – if not its top – girls hoop event.

Last year over 29,740 people attended the three-day spectacular, which is held at the 1,800-seat Perry Reese Center. There were six sellouts last year and should be more this season.

The CIC has also become a destination for many of the country’s top basketball coaches and programs. Last year 167 colleges (and five of the six power conferences: Big Ten, Big East, ACC, SEC and Big 12) were represented. In all, coaches from 23 different NCAA conferences/leagues attended.

Individually, there will be over 75 NCAA Division I prospects FROM OHIO in this year’s tournament field. During the last seven years, 59-percent of the players from Ohio who have signed with D-I schools have competed in the CIC.

Wow is right.

Here’s what else you need to know:

WHERE

Berlin High School, Berlin, Ohio

WHEN

January 15-17

TICKETS

$10 single day; $25 weekend pass

TEAMS

Africentric (Columbus)
Brookhaven (Columbus)            
Central Catholic (Toledo)            
DuPont Manual, KY
Fairborn
Fort Loramie
Harvest Prep (Canal Winchester)
Hathaway Brown (Shaker Heights)
Hiland (Berlin)
Howland (Warren)            
Hoover (North Canton)            
Indian Hill (Cincinnati)
Lakota East (Liberty Twp)            
Lakota West (West Chester)            
Kenton Ridge (Springfield)
McKinley (Canton)            
Midpark            
Minerva
Minster
Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)            
Myrtle Beach, SC
Newark            
Northland (Columbus)            
Orrville
Princeton (Cincinnati)           
Start (Toledo)            
Sycamore (Cincinnati)
Twinsburg
Wadsworth            
Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls)
West Holmes (Millersburg)
           
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15

Game 1 – 10:00 am
Minerva vs Minster

Game 2 – 11:45 am
Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame vs North Canton Hoover

Game 3 – 1:30 pm
West Chester Lakota West vs Columbus Northland

Game 4 – 3:15 pm
Canton McKinley vs Columbus Brookhaven

Game 5 – 5:00 pm
Myrtle Beach, SC vs Toledo Start

Game 6 – 6:45 pm
DuPont Manual, KY vs Twinsburg

Game 7 – 8:30 pm
Columbus Africentric vs Berlin Hiland

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16

Game 8 – Noon
Toledo Central Catholic vs Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame

Game 9 – 1:45 am
Warren Howland vs Canal Winchester Harvest Prep

Game 10 – 3:30 pm
Wadsworth vs West Chester Lakota West

Game 11 – 5:15 pm
Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown vs Liberty Twp Lakota East

Game 12 – 7:00 pm
Toledo Start vs DuPont Manual, KY

Game 13 – 8:45 pm
Twinsburg vs Myrtle Beach, SC

MONDAY, JANUARY 17

Game 14 – 10:00 am
Fort Loramie vs Orrville

Game 15 – 11:45 am
Newark vs Springfield Kenton Ridge

Game 16 – 1:30 pm
Cincinnati Indian Hill vs Millersburg West Holmes

Game 17 – 3:15 pm
Cincinnati Sycamore vs Wadsworth

Game 18 – 5:00 pm
Cincinnati Princeton vs Midpark

Game 19 – 6:45 pm
Fairborn vs Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown

Game 20 – 8:30 pm
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit vs Berlin Hiland

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