Top girls teams gather in Mansfield for holiday tournament

December 26, 2023
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By Bob Kowalski

Mansfield Record

The sounds of the season transform into basketballs bouncing, shoes squeaking on hardwood and fans cheering as the girls basketball Mansfield Spring Creek Barbeque Invitational Tournament takes place throughout the Mansfield ISD this week.

The tournament, in its 20th year, runs Wednesday through Friday at four of Mansfield ISD’s high school gyms and features several top teams from Texas and the No. 1-ranked squad from a neighboring state.

Timberview, No. 1 in Class 5A in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches rankings, seeks to defend its title. The Lady Wolves have won the tournament four times in the past seven seasons.

Lake Ridge, Legacy (which is bringing two teams), Mansfield and Summit also are in the field, with games being played at Lake Ridge, Mansfield, Summit and Timberview starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Timberview High School.

North Little Rock, the top team in Arkansas’ girls basketball state rankings, joins the field this season, along with top Texas teams Allen (No. 19 in 6A), Amarillo (No. 3 in 5A), Frisco Panther Creek (No. 14 in 4A), South Grand Prairie (No. 8 in 6A) and McKinney North (No. 20 in 5A).

Tickets are $25 for a three-day pass, or $10 for a daily pass. Children age 5 and under are admitted for free. For the full tournament bracket and game locations, visit

Mansfield ISD’s boys basketball teams are scattered in tournaments throughout DFW this week. Lake Ridge is at the Allen Holiday Invitational from Wednesday through Friday; Legacy and Summit are at Legacy’s Tom Rogers Tournament from Wednesday through Friday; Mansfield is at the Byron Nelson Classic in Allen from Wednesday through Friday; and Timberview is at the tournament at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth from Wednesday through Friday.

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