Despite delays, tournament winner to be crowned

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By Brian Blair

The tournament that will not end will finally crown a champion tonight.
The Eighth Region All “A” Classic was to have been decided Saturday. Mother Nature had other ideas, however, as the area saw snow that accumulated enough to force the postponement of both the semifinals and the finals.
The semifinals were decided Tuesday when Owen County took on Gallatin County and Eminence squared off against Trimble County.
The winners will play tonight at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to the All “A” State Tournament next week in Richmond.
Tonight’s winner will take on Betsy Layne from the 15th Region who defeated Paintsville 55-43 in the finals.
Owen County had a bye into the semifinals while Gallatin County knocked out Walton-Verona, 60-45.
The Bearcats were the defending champs.
Before the snow fell Jan. 19, Eminence defeated Williamstown, 56-52, and Trimble County beat Carroll County, 49-41.
The only one of the four teams to have not won the championship is Eminence.
The Warriors were in the finals  in 2001, the last time Owen County hosted the tournament.
Trimble County claimed the championship that year. The Raiders also won in 1991.
Gallatin County cut the nets down in 1993, 1999, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Owen County went to Richmond in 1996 and 2003.
The Rebels will be back in action Friday night when they travel to Carroll County.
The game will be the final regular season district game for the Rebels.