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(PHOTO | THOMAS GRANT JR.) Lexington head coach Molly Goodrich during a timeout.

Midlands high school basketball fans in Lexington County will not have to travel far during the holiday season.

This Saturday kicks off a stretch of games taking place in conjunction with basketball tournaments. It all starts at Lexington High School with the first-ever Lexington Christmas Classic.

“This is our first annual Christmas Classic,” said organizer and Lady Wildcats head coach Molly Goodrich. “There’s (24) teams, three divisions, so we’re very excited for it. We’ve been putting a lot of work and energy into it. We hope it’s a tournament that people will come back to. It’s something that’s local, so a lot of South Carolina teams will want to come back to and get better. A lot of times you have to travel and spend a lot of money for those Christmas tournaments, but there’s (going to be) a lot of competition.”

There are two varsity divisions (Gold and Silver) and one for junior varsity teams. Both Wildcat Gymnasiums will be utilized and among the girls’ teams participating are Dorman, Spring Valley, North Augusta, Lugoff-Elgin and Gilbert.

The Christmas Classic runs from Saturday through Tuesday. It can be followed on Twitter (@ChristmasClass5).

LEXINGTON CHRISTMAS CLASSIC

Saturday’s Games

GOLD DIVISION

(Games at New Gym)

Dorman vs. South Pointe 1 p.m.

North Augusta vs. J.F. Byrnes 2:30 p.m.

Spring Valley vs. Emerald 4 p.m.

Lexington vs. South Aiken 5:30 p.m.

SILVER DIVISION

(Games at New Gym)

Eau Claire vs. Gilbert 10 a.m.

Lugoff-Elgin vs. Hartsville 11:30 a.m.

(Games at Old Gym)

Richland Northeast vs. Spartanburg 1 p.m.

Pickens vs. Swansea 2:30 pm

JUNIOR VARSITY DIVISION

(Games at Old Gym)

Pickens vs. Spring Valley 11:30 a.m.

Dorman vs. Spartanburg 4 p.m.

Hartsville vs. Beechwood Middle School 5:30 p.m.

Lexington currently has a bye.

Cayce Roundball Classic

The same day the Lexington Christmas Classic ends marks the resumption of the four-day tournament at Brookland-Cayce High School after a one-year hiatus.

The field of 16 includes five teams ranked in the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Top 10 rankings. Along with the host school, there’s Class 4A schools A.C. Flora, Hartsville, Wilson and North Augusta.

Tickets are now available online. The tournament can be followed on Twitter (@cayceroundball).

Tuesday’s Schedule

NATIONAL BRACKET

(Main Gym)

Sumter vs. Augusta Christian 11:30 a.m.

J.F. Byrnes vs. Cross Creek (Ga.) 1 p.m.

Legion Collegiate vs. Wilson 5:30 p.m.

A.C. Flora vs. Spring Valley 7 p..m.

AMERICAN BRACKET

(Main Gym)

Dutch Fork vs. New Hamstead (Ga.) 2:30 p.m.

Hartsville vs. Westwood 4 p.m.

W.J. Keenan vs. Brookland-Cayce 8:30 p.m.

(Auxiliary Gym)

North Augusta vs. Northwestern 5:45 p.m.

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