HEADLAND, Ala. (WDHN) — The first ever Girls Prep Holiday Explosion tipped off Tuesday at Headland High School.

The three day high school basketball tournament gives girls teams the chance to play in a holiday tournament with the goal of giving them more exposure.

Dothan Hoops Basketball Training owner and lead trainer Darius Brown created the competition and hopes to make it a major annual girls high school tournament in the Wiregrass.

“Very similar to the Dothan Hoops Classic that the boys have,” Brown said. “We’re just trying to expand and bring more exposure and more support to the girls programs of the area.”

Six teams are competing in the inaugural tournament: Wicksburg, Pike County, Dothan, Cairo of Georgia, Abbeville and Headland.

Brown hopes to have at least 12 teams compete next year, if not a full 16 team bracket.

“We’re trying to make this as big as possible,” Brown said. “I knew this year was going to be kind of small. We were late getting it planned. Some teams already had their schedules planned out but in 2022 we’re going to hit the ground, start planning as soon as the school season is over.”

Wicksburg Head Coach Cory Seale says he wanted the Panthers to play in the tournament to expose them to more challenging competition.

“Playing different competition, Pike County is also matched up on our side in the 3A bracket in the playoffs so should we make it there that’s good exposure, Seale said. “Dothan High is in this tournament, Cairo, Georgia, is in this tournament, Abbeville and Headland basketball dominate as schools so for us, playing teams that are basketball schools we’ll see what we’re made of really early.”

In addition to the sought after championship, teams have the opportunity to compete in a consolation game and a three point contest.

Portions of proceeds made from the tournament will be given back to the first and second place teams and the host school.

The tournament will be played at the Headland High School Gymnasium Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets are $7 at the door for those five-years-old and older. Fiver-years-old and under get in for free.