By Mac McLeod,

OCN Sports

It’s one of the top basketball tournaments in the area and it got underway Monday of this week and will continue on Thursday and championships will be settled on Saturday. It’s the Overton County Middle School tournament that includes girls and boys teams from the five elementary schools in the county, Livingston Middle School, Rickman, Wilson, Hilham, and Allons.

Historically, this event tops a very competitive regular season that starts in mid to late November and ends in early January. Each school will have played 11 regular season games.

“This is our big event,” Rickman girls coach Misty Garrett explained. “Basketball in the middle schools is very competitive here and since we usually only play each other once during the regular season, it’s the big chance to get in a second match with the county rivals.Everyone really looks forward to the tournament.”

The tournament for the Bantam teams were played last Saturday at Allons Middle School, and after the county title games this coming Saturday, some teams will move on to the James C Haile tournament normally held in Murfreesboro.

When play got underway at Livingston Academy on Monday, Jan. 13, the number 2 ranked Allons boys took on number 3 Hilham. In game 2, the 4th ranked Allons girls squared off with number 5 Wilson, and in the nightcap, the number 4 Livingston Middle School boys faced number 5 Wilson.

Play will resume on Thursday when the number 2 Rickman girls tangle with number 3 Hilham at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the number 1 Rickman boys will play the winner of the Wilson/LMS game and at 7:30 p.m., the number 1 LMS girls will battle the winner of the Allons/Wilson game.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, action will get underway at 11 a.m. starting in the boys bracket when the loser of game 3 (Wilson/LMS) takes on the loser of game 5. At noon, in the girls bracket, the loser of game 4 (Rickman/Hilham) will meet the loser of game 6.

That will set the stage for the two title games. The girls championship game will start at 1 p.m. followed by the boys championship contest set for 2 p.m.

Admission for all games is $5.