Edwardsville girls

Freshman Kate Martin handles the ball for the Edwardsville Lady Tigers. She has been a key early in the season for the Lady Tigers.

The annual Tiger Classic Tourney opens today and Edwardsville's girls face McClure North in the first game at 11:30 a.m.

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Edwardsville coach Lori Blade said she expects some top-notch competition in the tourney. Teutopolis has a quality team and Jacksonville’s Olivia Kaufman is an “awesome talent,” Blade added.

Edwardsville plays first at 11:30, then follows at 6:30 p.m. today against Teutopolis. Edwardsville faces Jacksonville at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The championship game of the tourney is set for 8 p.m. Saturday. There will be play occurring through the day today and tomorrow for those who wish to attend.

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Chicago Simeon is another team to watch in the tourney, the coach said.

“I have never seen them play, but I know they are awfully big,” she said.

Teams enjoy coming to the Edwardsville Tourney because it is well run, Blade added.

Edwardsville enters with an 8-0 mark and is developing its young talent so far.

“This is a special group of girls,” the coach said. “They take a lot of pride and the teamwork and chemistry is there.”

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