Published: Dec 29, 2013 10:17 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. – More than 64 high school girls basketball teams from Florida and around the U.S. will compete in the sixth annual Queen of Palms Classic from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30.  The 96 games are held at four Lee County high schools – Dunbar, Lehigh, Cypress Lake and Cape Coral High Schools. The event brings more than 1,500 players, their families and coaches to Southwest Florida. Six of the participating teams are from Lee County.

The Queen of the Palms Classic consists of eight divisions named after gemstones: Amber, Diamond, Emerald, Opal, Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire and Topaz.

“The Queen tournaments are building a strong reputation and bringing top-level talent to Lee County. Last year, more than 100 college coaches attended, and nearly every major scouting service,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director, Lee County Sports Development.

Admission is $8 per fan, per day. A special tournament bracelet allows them to visit all gym sites throughout the day. Game schedules will be updated on the event website at