The Art Farber Memorial Classic is back.

After a one-year hiatus, the high school girls basketball tournament resumes Thursday as a joint effort between Athens High School and Trinity Valley Community College.

The event, which features 10 teams in the Varsity Division and eight in the Junior Varsity Division, will be played at AHS Thursday and Friday and at Cardinal Gym (varsity only) on the TVCC campus Saturday.

“We’re excited to get the tournament going again,” AHS athletic director/head girls basketball coach Keith Durrett said last week. “We have 10 (varsity) teams this year and we’re hoping got get 16 next year.”

Durrett also said the tournament would likely also include a boys bracket starting next year.

Varsity teams joining the Lady Hornets in the tournament are Longview, Chapel Hill, Tenaha, Valley Mills, Rusk, Martins Mill, Carthage, Palestine and Hawkins.

The Lady Hornets are scheduled to play Rusk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in their opener. With a win, they would receive a bye into the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday.

Martins Mill and Carthage open play in the Varsity Division at 10:30 a.m. Longview and Chapel Hill play at 1:30 p.m. and Tenaha and Valley Mills at 3 p.m.

Hawkins and Palestine received byes in the first round.

The JV bracket features Rusk, Longview, Tenaha and Chapel Hill. Longview will be represented by both its JV and ninth grade squads.

The varsity championship game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday. The JV championship will be decided at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

“It make takes us a couple of years, but we hope to make this a big tournament,” Durrett said. “Between us and TVCC we have enough gyms to let it grow.”

Admission for the tournament will be $3 for adults and $2 for students.

The tournament, in its 17th year, is named for Art Farber, a longtime and faithful supporter of high school and TVCC basketball teams who died three years ago.

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