With temperatures forecasted for the mid-90s on Wednesday, area girls basketball fans will have an opportunity to think about cooler days ahead with Teays Valley hosting its second annual Rumble in the Valley shootout.
“We started the shootout with 16 teams last year and everyone loved it, so with the construction of the field house we’ve been able to take this shootout to another level this year,” Teays Valley coach Trevor Younkin said.
A total of 44 teams – 30 varsity and 14 junior varsity – will take part in the shootout. The games, which begin at 9:15 a.m. and will wrap-up at 7:15 p.m., will take place in the high school main gym and auxiliary gym, the freshman building gymnasium (old middle school), the three new field house basketball courts and the East middle school gymnasium.
The field is headlined by defending Division I state champion Reynoldsburg, Division III state runner-up Worthington Christian and traditional state powers such as Africentric and Pickerington Central.
Every area team except for Westfall will also participate in the shootout.
“We’ve put together a pretty good field of teams for people to come out and watch,” Younkin said. “We have a lot of Division I teams coming, a lot of area teams and we have teams coming from as far away as Dayton and Brown County from down on the Ohio River.”
Teays Valley is slated to take on Hilliard Darby (10:45 a.m.), Olentangy Liberty (1:45 p.m.), Reynoldsburg (5 p.m.) and wrap-up the day at 6:30 p.m. against Groveport in the main gymnasium.
The other four area teams in attendance will be playing in the field house.
Circleville plays on court one at 9:15 a.m. against London, followed by games against Dublin Scioto (court three, 10:45 a.m.), New Hope (12:15 p.m., court three) and Utica (1 p.m., court three).
Amanda-Clearcreek opens its stay in the shootout at 9:15 a.m. on court two against Hilliard Darby and will also face Hilliard Bradley (11:30 a.m., court one), Dublin Scioto (1 p.m., court two).
Logan Elm tangles with New Hope at 10:45 a.m. on court two, followed by Dublin Jerome (12:15 p.m., court one), Utica (2:30 p.m., court one) and Bishop Ready (5:45 p.m., court one).
Besides facing Circleville and Logan Elm, New Hope will also take on Pickerington North at 1:45 p.m. on court two.
A complete schedule for the 72 games of the shootout is included at the bottom of the story. A three-point competition will also be held between 4-5 p.m. in the main gym.
“We’ve put a lot of time in getting this shootout set-up, scheduled and ready to go for (Wednesday),” Younkin said. “We’ll have food trucks on site, so people can come out and get something to eat, watch some good basketball and have a nice time.
“We’re excited about the shootout, the ability to show off our nice facilities here at Teays Valley and to put on a nice event for high school girls basketball in our area.”