by darren reese
The field has been set for the 2012 Landair Ladies Classic, the Greene County Partnership announced Friday afternoon.
Sixteen girls' basketball teams will converge on Greeneville High School for the event, to be held December 26-29 at Hal Henard Gymnasium.
In addition to the five teams from Greene County, eight additional instate teams and one each from Kentcky, North Carolina and Ohio make up the 24th annual version of the tournament.
Science Hill won last year's Ladies Classic with a 55-45 win over Mt. Juliet.
Here is a look at the teams that will participate in the 2012 Landair Ladies Classic.
- Chuckey-Doak High School: The Lady Black Knights were Region 1-AA champions last year, losing to Stone Memorial in the Class AA Sectional Round.
- Greeneville High School: The Lady Devils placed third in the District 2-AA tournament, and lost to Chuckey-Doak in the Region 1-AA semifinals.
- North Greene: The Lady Huskies placed third in their district tournament, then lost to Cloudland in the regional semifinals.
- South Greene: One of the winningest teams in tournament history, the Lady Rebels claimed the championship in the first four Ladies Classics. They reached the championship game in 2008, losing to Wilson Central in overtime.
- West Greene: The Lady Buffaloes recorded thrilling wins over Chuckey-Doak and Cocke County in last year's Classic.
- Cocke County: Led by head coach Wade Wester, the Lady Red are making their third tournament appearance.
- Mt. Juliet: Coach Chris Fryer's team finished 2011 with a 32-5 record, losing in the state quarterfinals. Mt. Juliet has reached the championship game of the Ladies Classic the past three years, winning it all in 2009.
- Rockcastle County (Mt. Vernon, KY): Rockcastle returns for its third visit to the Ladies Classic. The team defeated Greeneville in last year's third-place game.
- Morristown East: The Lady Hurricanes are coming off a 29-6 season in which they reached the state quarterfinals.
- Wilson Central: Coach Bud Brandon and his squad went 18-11 last season. Wilson Central won the 2007 and 2008 Ladies Classic titles.
- Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, NC): This will mark Charlotte Christian's second trip to the tournament.
- Christian Academy of Knoxville: CAK finished 14-12 last season, 5-5 in District 4-AA. The Lady Warriors went 2-2 in the 2011 Ladies Classic, with wins over Chuckey-Doak and Rockcastle County.
- Holy Name (Parma Heights, OH): This will be the school's first appearance in the Landair Ladies Classic.
- Murfreesboro Oakland: The Lady Patriots went 25-7 last sseason, losing to Lawrence County in the Region 4-AAA semifinals.
g Morristown West: Led by head coach Johnny Galyon, the Lady Trojans are coming off a 21-10 season.
- Shelbyville Central: Shelbyville has won 12 state championships in girls' basketball, though the last came in 2004. The Golden Eagles are coming off an uncharacteristic 15-18 season.