The White Plains girls basketball program has historically hosted the Dr. Lynne Kahn Holiday Classic, named in honor of the school’s former athletic director. The tournament will have a new twist at the suggestion of Sue Adams (who, by the way, is coming back as coach).
While she was at the County Center this winter, Adams thought about the lack of female coaches in Section 1 girls basketball. She decided to turn the holiday tournament into a one-day showcase of some of the area’s top female coaches, a showcase dubbed “Queens of the Court.”
The schedule will include the following games:
— Pearl River vs. Ursuline
— Mount Vernon vs. Irvington
— White Plains vs. Rye
The coaches participating have state championships, sectional championships and coach of the year honors aplenty. Adams thought an event including them would highlight the success of these local coaches, and it will.
The slate will feature a bevy of interesting games. Pearl River and Ursuline have young teams that should be even better next season. Mount Vernon and Irvington are defending section champs, and will be one of the most anticipated games of the year. And White Plains and Rye have become annual December (friendly) adversaries, playing one another in the Kahn Classic and Rye Rotary Classic every year.
As I’ve said in the past, I’m a big fan of showcase events. Anything that gathers several quality teams together on the same night at the same gym is great for girls hoops. Period.