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If that isn’t evidence enough that “anything can happen” on any given night in this region, flip the page back a year to march 6, 2017, which was perhaps one of the most captivating semifinals nights in region tournament history.

Elliott county clawed back from a 55-50 gap, sparked by two 3-pointers by tanner dickerson and korbin spencer, to trump boyd county, 73-69, in OT. Dickerson’s still around, but spencer is a junior at hargraves military academy (chatham, virginia).

West carter, later that night, scurried back from 16 points down to force one, then two, and then three overtimes to beat rowan county, 78-75.Rowan county hadyn roe accounted for 17 (of 20) free throws to combat desean woods’ onslaught of six 3-pointers.

It’s up to clear underdogs raceland and rowan county to hang tough and keep up the trend in tonight’s semifinals at morehead state university.

Boyd county and ashland are vying for what would be their first encounter in the 16th region tournament since 1999, when tyler zornes nailed a 35-foot heave at the horn to lift the lions over the tomcats, 54-52, for the championship. Both are looking to halt painfully lengthy (according to their standards) droughts without a title. Ashland’s last came in 2002.Rowan county boyd county last won it all in 2000.

Does rowan county coach shawn thacker (keep reading for his credentials), the wily veteran of the remaining bunch, have a trick up his sleeve to discover some offense?

•thacker is the lone wolf when it comes to those remaining owning titles. He has a pair of shiny trophies. Thacker is also the winningest active coach in the tournament (12 wins) and will coach in his 20th tournament game, more than any other active coach.

•boyd county is 4-0 against rowan county in semifinal clashes. Overall, the lions and vikings will face off for the eighth time in the region tournament.Rowan county

•ashland’s mykasa robinson notched 86 points, the second-highest scoring quantity by a player in a single 16th region tournament in the modern era of girls basketball (since 1975). Allison osborn (russell) holds the record for most in a tournament with 104 in 1994.

•russell’s madison darnell missed just one floor shot in two games, going 13 of 14 from the field. Her 9-for-9 effort against rowan county gave her the second-most field goals without a miss in a 16th region tournament game. Julie magrane (rowan county) was 13 of 13 in march 1987.

•boyd county junior savannah wheeler is up to 192 points in the region tournament for her career, which is 10th all-time.16th region regina carroll (russell, 1975-79) owns the top spot with 296. Wheeler climbed to first in one category, though — she sank the most free throws without a miss in a single game (12 of 12 vs. Russell).

•west carter eighth-grader allie stone tallied 24 points against ashland, placing her six points shy of the record for an eighth-grader in the tournament (east carter’s kasi mullins had 30 in 2001).

•boyd county girls coach pete fraley has collected more region semifinal appearances (17) than any coach in 16th region history. His 30 career wins have him four away from john “hop” brown’s record of 34.•boyd county

•if boyd county’s boys can join the girls in capturing a region championship, it’d mark the first time since 2005 in which a 16th region school produced both the boys and girls champions in the same season. Rowan county achieved the feat then.