Where else can you mix a week’s worth of basketball with the Magic Kingdom?
The Warren County High School girls basketball team is spending this week in Orlando, Fla., as the Lady Pioneers will be participating in the Rock Holiday Classic held at Windermere High School.
Coach Erick Baird, who has coaching ties in Florida, has taken his team to the beach the past two summers to play in camps, but this year he added a Christmas trip to the Sunshine State.
The Lady Pioneers enjoyed the perks of being in Orlando yesterday when the team visited Disney World.
But the memories of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Space Mountain should be long gone when the Lady Pioneers get back to business on the basketball court today.
Warren County begins its three-day basketball tournament today with a game at 11 a.m. against a team from Boynton Beach, Fla.
Boynton Beach is one of four teams in the tournament from Florida. The Lady Pioneers join Bradley Central as the two teams from Tennessee. Rounding out the tournament field is a team from Walker, La. and a squad from Concordia, Neb.
Warren County is guaranteed to play three games during the week regardless of the team’s outcome.
The Lady Pioneers are hoping to improve on the team’s 9-4 record and end a recent two-game losing streak.
Warren County had rolled off seven wins in an eight-game span before ending last week’s Sun Drop Romp Christmas tournament with back-to-back losses against Stone Memorial and Cannon County.
Coach Baird believes his group of girls have what it takes to compete against the field of teams in Florida this week.
“I think as long as we do the things we need to do to be successful we should do great,” said Baird. “We’ve been successful this season, but last week’s tournament showed us there’s still work to do.
“We’ve had success in Florida the past two summers and I’m ready to get out there and see how we compete against some of the best teams.”
With a win today, the Lady Pioneers would play again tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. The championship game is set to begin on Friday at 6:30 p.m.