The Norfork High School girls' basketball team went to Morrilton and began the Class 1A State Tournament in dominating fashion. Matt Sharp has the details.
It was a battle between two area schools as the Lady Panthers defeated Rural Special 76-43. Norfork came out firing on all cylinders as they ended the first quarter with a 23-4 lead. The Lady Rebels picked it up a notch later on with Olivia Carlton exploding for 16 second quarter points. Rural Special had cut the margin back inside 20 in the third period, but the Lady Panthers once again took control as they eventually invoked the mercy rule in the fourth quarter.
Marleigh Dodson led Norfork with 26 points, Ivy McGowan scored 19, and Kinley Stowers added ten. For the Lady Rebels, Carlton had 19 points, and Maddison Kocher chipped in ten.
Rural Special's season comes to an end at 20-16. The Lady Panthers improve to 41-1, and they'll compete in the quarterfinals Friday afternoon at 4:00 against the winner of Thursday's game between Alpena and Strong.
Jasper's girls will join Norfork in the quarterfinals. The Lady Pirates also put the mercy rule in effect as they routed Maynard 66-28.
Omaha watched its season come to an end on the boys' bracket. The Eagles fell to Kirby by a final of 67-40.
The Mountain View girls won their opener in the Class 3A State Tournament at Drew Central High School in Monticello. The Lady Yellowjackets topped Elkins 47-34.
Harrison had mixed results as both teams began the Class 5A State Tournament at Maumelle.
The Goblins were able to advance to the quarterfinals on the boys' side. Harrison beat Camden Fairview 63-46.
The Lady Goblins were not as fortunate as their male counterparts. Harrison was eliminated from the girls' bracket with a 51-37 loss to Hot Springs.
State tournament play began Tuesday for the smaller schools in Missouri, and it ended up being the season finale for Dora's boys. The Falcons went to Mountain Grove and lost its sectional game in the Class 1 State Tournament as Eminence posted the 76-61 decision. Dora's final record for the year is 24-6.
The West Plains girls are one win away from a state tournament bid after playing their first game in the Class 4, District 9 Tournament at Marshfield. The Lady Zizzers got past Bolivar with a 36-28 victory. West Plains improves to 17-10 on the year, and they'll take on top-seeded Logan-Rogersville Saturday in the title game.
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