After a few days off to enjoy Christmas with family and friends, high school basketball teams in Catoosa and Walker Counties will get back to action on the court starting tomorrow night with a series of tournaments in two different states.

The first of the local teams to hit the hardwood will be the LaFayette Lady Ramblers, who will face the host team in the Chattooga Christmas Tournament. The game will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday night in the Tribe Pride Arena (new gym) at Chattooga High School.

With a win, LaFayette will take on the winner of the first-round game between Cedartown and Rockmart. That semifinal game would be played at Tribe Pride Arena at 7 p.m. on Thursday. With a loss, LaFayette will face the Cedartown-Rockmart loser at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the War Lodge (old CHS gym).

The tournament will conclude on Friday.

Three more tournaments will tip off on Thursday.

Ringgold's Tigers and Lady Tigers, along with the LaFayette Ramblers, will make the long drive to Whitwell, Tenn. to begin play in the Whitwell Christmas Tournament. All games will be played at Whitwell High School.

The Tigers will play at 1:30 Central time (2:30 Eastern) against Dresden (Tenn.). A loss puts Ringgold in a 10:30 a.m. (Central) consolation bracket game against the East Ridge-Whitwell loser on Friday, while a win will earn them a 7:30 p.m. (Central) semifinal game against the East Ridge-Whitwell winner on Friday night.

The Lady Tigers will open play at 3 p.m. (Central) on Thursday against Coffee County (Tenn.). A loss would drop Ringgold into the consolation bracket against the loser of the Sequatchie County-Fairview Christian game at 12 noon (Central) on Friday, while a win will put them into the semis against the Sequatchie County-Fairview Christian winner at 3 p.m. (Central) on Friday.

LaFayette will take on South Greene (Tenn.) at 4:30 p.m. (Central) on Thursday. A win will put them into the semifinals (4:30 p.m. Central) on Friday against either Huntland or Sequatchie County, while a loss drops them to the consolation bracket for a 1:30 p.m. (Central) game on Friday against the Huntland-Sequatchie County loser.

The tournament will conclude on Saturday.

At Chattanooga State, the annual Best of Preps Tournament will begin on Thursday featuring the Heritage Generals and Lady Generals, along with the LFO Lady Warriors.

The Lady Generals will take the floor first at 10 a.m. Thursday morning against GPS. A win puts them in a 4 p.m. semifinal matchup on Friday against the winner of the game between Meigs County and Notre Dame, while a loss drops them to a 10 a.m. consolation game on Friday against the Meigs County-Notre Dame loser.

The LFO girls will face Rhea County at 1 p.m. on Thursday. A victory earns them a semifinal game against the Baylor-Van Buren County winner at 7 p.m. on Friday, while the Lady Warriors would take on the Baylor-Van Buren loser at 1 p.m. Friday should they lose on Thursday.

Baylor's Red Raiders will be the first test for the Heritage boys Thursday night at 7 p.m. A loss puts them into consolation bracket at 2:30 on Friday against Brainerd or Ooltewah, while a win would give them a game against either the Panthers or the Owls at 8:30 Friday night.

The tournament will conclude on Saturday.

Three more local squads will be in action at Sonoraville on Thursday and Friday.

The Ridgeland Lady Panthers will take on Cartersville at 3 p.m. on Thursday, while the Ridgeland boys will draw LFO at 4:30. On Friday, the Warriors will play Section (Ala.) at 4:30, followed by the Ridgeland girls against Sonoraville at 6 and the Ridgeland boys against the host Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. in the final game of the two-day event.

Finally, the Gordon Lee Trojans and Lady Trojans will take part in another two-day event at Trion High School on Friday and Saturday.

Gordon Lee's girls will face Coosa at 3 p.m. on Friday and they will battle Southeast Whitfield at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Trojans will take on Dade County at 4:30 on Friday before squaring off with Southeast at 2:30 on Saturday.