2004 Fifth Third Bank Classic
Lexington Catholic High School
Lexington, Kentucky
December 18-21, 2004

2004 Ron Harrison

Lexington Catholic athletic director and coach Greg Todd has put together another great four days of basketball.  Eight of the top ten teams in the Lexington Herald-Leader pre-season preview are entered in this event.  The teams entered are #1 Lexington Catholic, #2 Sacred Heart, #4 Rockcastle County, #5 Henderson County, #7 Clinton County, #8 Elizabethtown, #9 Louisville Christian, and #10 Bullitt East.  Other pre-season ranked teams appearing in the tourney are #11 Mercy Academy, #14 Paris, #15 Ohio County, #19 South Laurel, #21 Wayne County, #22 Pike County Central, #23 Whitesburg, and #25 Russell.

Many of the top players in the state are also scheduled to play in this star-studded event.  Sixteen of the top twenty-five players in the Lexington Herald-Leader pre-season preview are featured in this tournament.  The players are #1 Carly Ormerod (Sacred Heart), #3 Ashley Hawkins (Henderson County), #4 Taylor Kopple (Sacred Heart), #5 Johnna Abney (Rockcastle County),  #6 Shannon Novosel (Lexington Catholic), #7 Paige Guffey (Clinton County), #10 Amber Guffey (Clinton County), #11 Anaris Sickles (Lexington Catholic), #13 Robyn Jennings (Elizabethtown), #14 Tara Rowe (Rockcastle County), #17 Julie Leach (Ohio County), #19 Brittany Edelen (Washington County), #20 Jamie Thiem (Newport Central Catholic), #21 Ashley Bell (Wayne County), #23 Nikki Davis (Lexington Catholic), and #25 Meredith Marsh (Louisville Christian).

This should be a very interesting tournament as Lexington Catholic and Sacred Heart are in opposite brackets and the different polls are split in the state on which is #1 entering the season.

There will be a total of 61 games played in three gyms over a four day period, culminating in an overall championship between the American Division and the National Division winners.  I will attempt to provide a capsule report on as many games as possible with extended coverage on each game I view in its entirety.  Spelling of names varies from program to program and sometimes the heights of the players are not provided so I apologize in advance for any inaccuracies in these areas.