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Two girls basketball shootouts on tap in Tampa Bay this weekend

Looking for some stellar hoops matchups this holiday weekend? Hosts Lakewood and Chamberlain have you covered.
You'll find Chimera Iloanya and Seffner Christian at the Lakewood MLK Holiday Classic this weekend. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
You'll find Chimera Iloanya and Seffner Christian at the Lakewood MLK Holiday Classic this weekend. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Jan. 17

This weekend may be a three-day holiday for most, but some area high school girls basketball teams will be hard at work. There are two Martin Luther King Jr. Day shootouts on both sides of the bay beginning Friday.

Lakewood hosts a six-team shootout Friday and Saturday. Chamberlain hosts an eight-team shootout Saturday and Monday.

Both events are a mix of area and out-of-town teams. At the Lakewood tournament, perennial state power Miami Norland, along with Bradenton Southeast, are marquee teams. The big game at the Chamberlain shootout should be Tampa Bay Tech vs. Miami Country Day on Saturday night. Both teams won state titles last season, and the Titans handed Country Day its only loss last season.

Related: High school girls basketball rankings for Tampa Bay

Plant will get a taste of both shootouts. The Panthers play Lakewood on Saturday, then Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas on Monday at Chamberlain.

Here are the schedules for both shootouts:

Lakewood MLK Holiday Classic


Seffner Christian vs. Tampa Catholic, 5; Bradenton Southeast vs. Ocala West Port 6:30; Lakewood vs. Miami Norland, 8


West Port vs. Seffner Christian, noon; Miami Norland vs. Bradenton Southeast, 1:30; Lakewood vs. Plant, 3

MLK Shootout (at Chamberlain)


Chamberlain vs. Davie Nova, 3; Strawberry Crest vs. Florida Prep, 4:30; Armwood vs. St. Francis (Ga.), 6; Tampa Bay Tech vs. Miami Country Day, 7:30


Braden River vs. Davie Nova, 11 a.m.; Florida High vs. Miami Country Day, 12:30; Tampa Bay Tech vs. St. Francis (Ga.,), 2; Plant vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 3:30; Chamberlain vs. Armwood, 5


  1. Shorecrest players hug, cry and console each other after losing to Orange Park St. Johns Country Day in the Class 2A title game at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand. [WILLIE J. ALLEN JR.  |  Special to the Times]
  2. Points were hard to come by in the first half for forward Jakara Akins, left, and Keswick Christian, which trailed Florida A&M 22-16 at the half of a Class 2A state semifinal Wednesday afternoon. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  3. Caitlin Blankenship, along with older sister Brooke, moves on from Academy at the Lakes, which won consecutive state titles, to River Ridge. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  4. St. Petersburg boys basketball coach Chris Blackwell, seen here in a game earlier this season, said his team had to utilize freshmen as Tuesday's game at Fort Myers wore on ... and on ... and on for five overtimes. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  5. East Lake's Jordan Hillmon, seen here earlier this season, scores a game-high 26 points in Tuesday's region semifinal win. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  6. Hillsborough junior Jalen Harris, seen here earlier this season, scores 16 points, including two big free throws late, on Tuesday against Lakeland. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  7. Bayshore Christian guard Deon Brown leads all scorers with 24 points in a 68-58 victory Tuesday night over Cambridge Christian in a Class 2A region semifinal. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  8. Clearwater coach Kris Foote, seen here in a game earlier this season, is happy to have another home game: “We get good crowds, they’ve been pumped up, and home-court advantage is big to keep things as close as possible to routine." [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  9. Jesuit coach Neal Goldman on the end of his team's season: “We got our team together at the end of the year, our chemistry was strong and we won a district championship. To get this far was pretty sweet. . . I’m proud of that.” [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  10. Tampa Catholic senior Kobe Knox, seen here in an earlier game against Lakewood, scored 17 points Tuesday against the Spartans. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  11. Carrollwood Day sophomore Milahnie Perry controls the tempo in a 74-36 victory over Tampa Prep in a Class 3A region quarterfinal. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  12. BJ Graham and Jesuit are already off to a strong start, as was expected of the nation's top high school program. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]