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Girls to compete in Trailblazer Invitational

Christmas break won’t last long for the Lady Blazers, Lady Pioneers and 14 other girls’ basketball teams from around the area.
On Wednesday, Dec. 26, local teams return to the hardwood at Daniel Boone High School for the third annual Johnson City Honda Trailblazer Invitational.
The double elimination tournament will begin at 10 am at Bobby Snyder Gymnasium with a first round match between Sullivan South and Hampton.
Game Two will feature Cherokee against Sullivan East and Greenback and Johnson County will play in Game Three.
Other opening round matchups will feature Seymour vs. Sullivan Central, Dobyns-Bennett vs. Gate City and Smith County vs. Unaka.
The Lady Pioneers will open first round action against Sevier County at 5:30.
The hosting Lady Blazers will conclude opening round play at 8:30 pm against Unicoi County.
Second round action begins Thursday, Dec. 27, with winner and loser bracket contests.
Semifinal matchups will be held on Friday, Dec. 28 and the championship game is set for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29.
Grainger County defeated Morristown West last season to capture the tournament championship.
Along with varsity action, nine junior varsity teams will also take part in the tournament. Those contests will feature JV squads from Crockett and Boone.