High School Basketball

Storm disrupts All 'A' Classic

Thanks to the weather, this Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic is already one to remember.

A winter storm and its after effects caused organizers of the small-school basketball shootout in Richmond to revamp its schedule.

The girls' tournament began Wednesday after a three-hour delay, even though Madison County had widespread power outages and a dwindling water supply.

Mike Reeves of the All "A" said consideration was given to canceling the event, but hazardous road conditions were a safety concern if the teams traveled home.

"It's almost like an emergency here," Reeves said. "None of the hotels have power, so (McBrayer Arena) was the only warm place we knew to have the kids.

"The teams have been invited to stay all night in the arena if they want to."

The boys' tournament was supposed to begin Thursday, but because some teams hadn't made the trip to Richmond yet, the first round was rescheduled for Friday.

"It'll be safer if we keep them off the roads for another day," Reeves said.

Instead, the girls will play their quarterfinals and semifinals on Thursday.

The boys' quarterfinals will be Saturday.

The boys' semifinals, which could include a showdown between No. 1 Elliott County and No. 7 Shelby Valley, will be Sunday morning. The winners won't get much rest. The boys' championship game is Sunday afternoon.

Reeves said All "A" organizers were put in a no-win situation. "No matter what we decided to do, it was going to be wrong."

Temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s by Sunday, and no more significant precipitation is in the forecast.

 Weather claimed a major high school basketball tournament Wednesday when the girls' Louisville Invitational Tournament was canceled because of the storm.

Tuesday's first round was originally moved back a day before the tournament was called off. The LIT field consisted of eight of the top 25 in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, including five of the top eight.