The Sherwood, Tigard and Tualatin girls teams, and the Tigers boys set for action this week

TIMES PHOTO: DAN BROOD - The Sherwood and Tualatin girls basketball teams will both be playing in tournaments this week.It's that time of year.

That festive, joyous time of the season.

That's right, it's tournament time.

And basketball teams from Sherwood, Tigard and Tualatin will be part of that tournament action.

The Tualatin High School girls basketball team will be hosting the second-annual Elite 8 Invitational. Play at the tournament starts Friday at Tualatin High School.

The Timberwolves will play in the opening game of the tourney's varsity bracket when it faces West Salem in contest starting at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Other Thursday first-round games in the varsity bracket include Mountainside facing Gonzaga Prep, from Spokane, Wash., at 4 p.m., Cleveland playing Liberty at 5:30 p.m. and Canby facing Wilsonville at 7 p.m.

Saturday's tournament championship contest is slated to start at 7 p.m.

Admission prices for the tournament, per day, are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and kids age 7 and under are admitted free.

The Tualatin girls are taking an overall record of 3-4 into the tournament.

The Sherwood girls basketball team will be playing in the Nike Interstate Shootout. That tournament, which starts Wednesday and runs through Saturday, will be held at Lake Oswego High School.

The Lady Bowmen are slated to open the 16-team tournament with a first-round game against David Douglas, starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Other teams slated to play in the tournament include Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Oregon City, Jefferson, Westview, Lincoln, Glencoe, West Albany, St. Mary's Academy, Grants Pass, Mountain View, Milwaukie and Inglemoor, Wash.

The Lady Bowmen are 4-3 on the season going into the tournament, and they are sporting at four-game winning streak, including a 46-35 win over West Linn in a game played Friday at Sherwood High School.

The Tigard girls, ranked in the No. 1 spot in the latest Class 6A coaches poll, will be playing in the Holiday Classic, being held at Franklin High School.

That event includes 16 teams, playing in two eight-team brackets. Tigard will be playing in the Diamond Bracket, along with La Jolla, Calif., Camas, Wash., Clackamas, Southridge, Benson, McMinnville and Garfield, Wash.

The Tigers will be facing Benson in a tourney first-round game Thursday at 3:30 p.m. That game will be a rematch of a quarterfinal contest at last year's Class 6A state tournament, where the Lady Techsters scored a 32-28 victory.

The Holiday Classic tourney championship game is set to be played at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Tigard will bring a record of 7-1 to the tournament.

The Tigard boys basketball team will be playing in the prestigious Les Schwab Invitational, which starts on Wednesday, and runs through Saturday at Liberty High School.

The Tigers are scheduled to face national power University School, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in a first-round game on Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m.

If Tigard is able to pull off a first-round upset, it will face either Grant or Central Catholic in a quarterfinal game Thursday at 8:30 p.m. If the Tigers fall to University School, they'll play Grant or Central Catholic in a losers' bracket quarterfinal game Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

The tournament championship game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Other teams in the tournament include Sierra Canyon, Calif., Churchill, Barlow, Jesuit, West Linn, Skyview, Wash., Jefferson, South Salem, Gonzaga Prep, Wash., Columbia Christian, Lake Oswego and Southridge.

Tigard will bring a record of 5-3 into the tournament.

The Sherwood and Tualatin boys teams aren't playing in tournaments this week, but they each have a non-league game on Friday. Sherwood will host Mountainside at 5:30 p.m. and Tualatin will play at Beaverton at 7:15 p.m.

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