The first Palmetto Shootout is set for Saturday at Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta.
A total of 16 boys basketball teams from around the state are slated to participate in the inaugural preseason event which will feature two-qrater scrimmage games. The Midlands contingent includes Ridge View, Richland Northeast, Spring Valley, Irmo, Lexington and Dreher. The rest of the field includes Aiken, South Aiken, Strom Thurmond, Darlington, Dorman, Goose Creek, Greer, Hillcrest, Nation Ford and Woodmont. Goose Creek is the defending state champion in 4A, as is Greer in 3A.
Action on multiple courts begins at noon and runs through the championship and consolation finals at 4 p.m.
The area first round match-ups: Irmo vs. Woodmont, Lexington vs. Hillcrest, Spring Valley vs. RNE, Dreher vs. Greer, Goose Creek vs. Ridge View.