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Bolivar’s Trinity Williamson stares down a Nevada ball handler during the Lady Liberators’ district tournament matchup earlier this year. 

An estimated 80 girls basketball teams will converge on Bolivar this weekend, with games held Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, across town for the 2019 Sonic Freedom Shootout. 

Admission is $5 for a day pass or $2 after 5 p.m. Kids 10 and under get free entry. All players and two coaches per team will be admitted free.

Play starts at 9:15 a.m. Friday, June 14, at the Bolivar High School auxiliary and intermediate school gyms. Games on the Southwest Baptist University campus start at 10 a.m., and those at the middle school start at 11:30.

Brackets will be posted at the conclusion of pool play Friday night in the BHS commons area, and tournament games will begin at 8:20 a.m. Saturday.

Games are 30-36 minutes with two timeouts per game and two-minute halftimes. Between the two days, each team is guaranteed five to 10 games.

Proceeds go to Bolivar’s girls basketball program, organizer David Francka said.

More than 40 boys teams played in the tournament May 30, with Bolivar’s varsity squad claiming the win in the tournament’s top bracket. 

Francka said the boys tournament went off without a hitch, thanks to skilled staff. All referees at the tournament are certified, and the event follows National Federation of State High School Associations rules. 

“I thought it all went phenomenal,” he previously told the BH-FP. “We had a lot of really good competitive games between excellent teams with excellent coaches.”

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