By DAVID CLAYBOURN
The Farmersville Fightin’ Farmers and Alba-Golden Lady Panthers will be back to defend their titles at the 53rd Annual Leonard Holiday Basketball Tournament that starts on Thursday.
Farmersville beat host Leonard 64-60 in last year’s boys championship game.
Alba-Golden took the girls title by a 52-34 margin.
Alba-Golden, ranked 19th in Class 2A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, opens play in the tournament at 1:30 p.m. in the Leonard Junior High gymnasium against Class 3A Paris.
Farmersville opens play in the boys division at 2:50 p.m. in the Leonard Junior High gym against Pottsboro.
Texoma Christian, ranked fourth among the state’s small private schools, face Pittsburg in a girls opener at 4:20 p.m.
Whitesboro, ranked 20th in 2A, faces Texoma Christian in a boys first-round game at 5:40 p.m.
North Hopkins, 14th in the Class A boys rankings, takes on Rains, also at 5:40 p.m.
The Leonard Tigers play at 9:20 a.m. against Quinlan Ford, while the Lady Tigers will face at 8 a.m.
The tournament continues daily through Saturday, with the girls championship set for 7 p.m. and the boys finals at 8:20.
Leonard Holiday Tournament
8 a.m. — Girls game: Leonard vs. Cooper, LHS
8 a.m. — Girls game: Bonham vs. Farmersville, LJH
9:20 a.m. — Boys game: Leonard vs. Quinlan Ford, LHS
9:20 a.m. — Boys game: Wolfe City vs. Whitewright, LJH
10:50 a.m. — Girls game: Dodd City vs. Callisburg, LHS
10:50 a.m. — Girls game: Rains vs. Whitewright, LJH
12:10 p.m. — Boys game: Tom Bean vs. Cooper, LJH
12:10 p.m. — Boys game: Commerce vs. Caddo Mills, LHS
1:30 p.m. — Girls game: Alba-Golden vs. Paris, LJH
1:30 p.m. — Girls game: Whitesboro vs. Anna, LHS
2:50 p.m. — Boys game: Anna vs. Pittsburg, LHS
2:50 p.m. — Boys game: Pottsboro vs. Farmersville, LJH
4:20 p.m. — Girls game: Pittsburg vs. Texoma Christian, LJH
4:20 p.m. — Girls game: Pottsbor vs. Pilot point, LHS
5:40 p.m. — Boys game: Rains vs. North Hopkins, LHS
5:40 p.m. — Boys game: Texoma Christian vs. Whitesboro, LJH
7 p.m. — Girls second round, LHS
7 p.m. — Girls second round, LJH
8:20 p.m. — Boys second round, LHS
8:20 p.m. — Boys second round, LJH
LHS: Leonard High School gym
LJH: Leonard Junior High gym