2003 Fifth Third Bank Prime Time Classic
Lexington Catholic High School
Lexington, Kentucky
December 20-23, 2003

2003 Ron Harrison

Lexington Catholic athletic director and coach Greg Todd has put together another great four days of basketball.  Nine of the top ten teams in the Lexington Herald-Leader pre-season preview are entered in this event.  The teams entered are #1 Sacred Heart, #2 Christian County, #3 Lexington Catholic, #5 Newport Central Catholic, #6 Mercer County, #7 Rockcastle County, #8 Henderson County, #9 Muhlenberg North, and #10 Louisville Butler.  Other pre-season ranked teams appearing in the tourney are #13 Clinton County, #14 East Carter, #15 Mercy Academy, #16 Elizabethtown, #27 Boyd County, and #25 Wayne County.

Many of the top players in the state are also scheduled to play in this star-studded event.  Seventeen of the top twenty-five players in the Lexington Herald-Leader pre-season preview are featured in this tourney.  The players are #1 Crystal Kelly (Sacred Heart), #3 Jade Perry (Muhlenberg North), #4 Arnika Brown (Christian County), #5 Carly Ormerod (Sacred Heart),  #6 Patrika Barlow (Barren County), #7 Olivia Terry (Madison Central), #8 Kasi Mullins Galloway (Boyd County), #9 Nicole Chiodi (Newport Central Catholic), #11 Ashley Lewallen (Butler), #14 Kim Stapleton (East Carter), #15 Corkey Stiger (Christian County), #17 Jayme Thiem (Newport Central Catholic),#18 Shannon Novosel (Lexington Catholic), #19 Courtney Watts (Mercer County), #20 Amber Guffey (Clinton County), #24 Rachel Howard (Owensboro Catholic), and #25 Johnna Abney (Rockcastle County).

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.