Washington’s girls team will look to build on the reputation they built at the Norm Stewart Classic last season.

The team travels back to Columbia again this year for the annual event. Last year the Lady Jays knocked off the then defending Class 5 state champion Kickapoo, 63-56.

After opening the season last Tuesday with a 44-21 home win against Union, the Lady Jays will face Hickman in their second game of the year Sunday at 2 p.m as part of the three-day festivities at the Norm Stewart Classic.

The event will feature both boys and girls basketball action, playing all through the wee hours of the morning one after the other. All games will be held at the Columbia College campus.

This is the 10th consecutive year for the event.

In total, 48 teams will compete at the event.

Play begins Friday at 6 p.m. with Rock Bridge and Hazelwood Central’s girls and continues until the closing matchup between Rock Bridge’s boys and Vianney Sunday at 4 p.m.

Rock Bridge’s girls were a state semifinalist in Class 5 a season ago. The 10 p.m. matchup on Friday will feature another girls Class 5 state semifinalist from last season as St. Joseph’s Academy takes on Jefferson City, which made it to the state quarterfinals last season.

Jefferson City, like Washington, was eliminated from the state playoffs in 2016-17 by the eventual state champions, Kirkwood.

Washington’s matchup with Hickman is the penultimate game of the Norm Stewart Classic this year.

The Lady Kewpies are 0-1 to open the season after a road loss to Jefferson City, 41-38, on Nov. 20. Hickman will play at the Troy Tournament from Thursday through Saturday before matching up with Washington Sunday afternoon.

This will be the second consecutive year at the Norm Stewart Classic for the Lady Jays. Last year, their win against Kickapoo came in a 10 p.m. to midnight showdown.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.