The Girls’ Louisville Invitational Basketball Tournament may be over nine months away, but the committee has announced that Boyd County, Clark County, Lincoln County, and Ryle will be their four state-wide teams in the 2019 tournament which will be held the last full week in January.
Mercy, the 2018 Sixth Region champion and state runner-up, beat Ryle in the state quarterfinals and Boyd County in the semis before losing to Mercer County in the finals.
The Jaguars will be the Louisville favorite to be the city-wide No. 1-seed as every player on last year’s team returns with the exception of Danielle Feldkamp. Other city top teams expected to compete for the title include Butler, Manual, Male, and defending LIT champion Sacred Heart.
Clark County made it to the state semifinals and lost to Mercer County and Lincoln County nearly pulled off a massive up over Mercer County in the 12th Region semifinals.
Boyd County went 29-5 this past season, won the 16th Region title, and will led by rising senior Savannah Wheeler who is a Marshall commit and averaged 24.7 points per game. The Lady Lions return all but four players.
Ryle brings back everybody but one from their squad that finished 29-7. Lauren Schwartz is their top returning scorer and averaged 17.6 points while Maddie Scherr is also back and averaged 16.2 points.
Clark County went 28-8 and brings back every but two. Hayley Harrison is their top returning scorer and averaged 12 points per game while Kennedy Igo averaged 11.5 points per game.
Lincoln County went 24-7 and brings back everybody but two. Emma King is their top returner and averaged 20.6 points while Kaitlynn Wiks averaged 14.5 points and Maddy Boyle averaged 14.1 points.