Christmas tournament season kicked off a little early in Claremont on Thursday during the first-ever “Hoopin’ at the Hill” junior varsity basketball tournament held at Bunker Hill High School.
In girls competition, it was the Lady Bears advancing to Friday’s title game with a 35-29 victory against North Wilkes.
Brittany Travis scored 16 points, while Fantasia Umberger, Jasmine Jenkins, Cristy Thao and Kayla Garrett added four points each.
The Lady Bears face West Wilkes, who won a 55-50 overtime thrilller with North Lincoln, in the final.
In boy’s competition, West Wilkes advanced to the championship with an overtime game of their own against North Lincoln, 50-48.
West Wilkes meets either Maiden for the championship. The Blue Devils defeated the the Bears, 62-55, to advance to the title game. Isaac Dalton led Maiden with 23 points in that game.
Bunker Hill's Justin Setzer scored 22 points to lead the Bears.
The girls championship takes place at 4 p.m on Friday, while the boys title tilt is set for 5:30 p.m.