Local basketball teams have mixed scores in Saturday tournament play

A few area high school basketball teams played the opening games of the North Arkansas College Invitational Tournament Saturday at the Pioneer Pavilion in Harrison.
Norfork was one and done on the boys’ side of the tournament. The Panthers were upset by Alpena 73-69.
Lead Hill was also eliminated in the first round on the boys’ bracket. The Tigers lost to Jasper 64-54. The Pirates will be paired with Bergman Thursday in the quarterfinals.
It was a different result for Lead Hill in the only girls’ game of the day. The Lady Tigers bounced Omaha 46-42. Lead Hill’s quarterfinal opponent will be Norfork on Monday.

Two local boys’ teams played their third games in the Cabool Holiday Tournament.
Gainesville stayed alive in the tournament by topping Chadwick 55-42. The Bulldogs will meet Norwood for fifth place on Monday.
Dora dominated its way to the championship game by beating up on Lesterville 75-50. The top-seeded Falcons’ final opponent in the tournament will be Thayer on Monday.

Two area girls teams competed for the championship of the Cornerstone Bank Holiday Hoops Tournament in Berryville, and the game ended with one team getting its first loss of the season. Viola was edged out by Mountain View 44-41.

Three area boys’ teams wrapped up action in the Maverick Division of the Bad Boy Mowers Ronnie Brogdon Invitational Tournament at Highland.
Mammoth Spring finished as the runner-up of the division after suffering a 36-30 loss to Middle College from Memphis. Cole Young was the Bears’ top scorer with 10 points. Mammoth Spring falls to 11-8 on the season and will host Hillcrest on Jan. 7.
Two teams from Izard County competed for seventh place in the division. Calico Rock ended up losing to Melbourne 61-36.

Three area girls’ teams were back on the Drury University campus in Springfield continuing play in the Pink and White Tournament.
Melbourne fell in the White Division semifinals 62-40 to top-seeded Classen School of Advanced Studies from Oklahoma City. The Lady Bearkatz will return to the O’Reilly Family Events Center on Monday to meet Republic for third place.
Branson stayed alive in the White Division with a 38-31 victory over Thayer. The Lady Pirates will take on Strafford for fifth place Monday at the Weiser Gym.
West Plains advanced to the championship game of the Pink Division by topping Clever 54-40. The Lady Zizzers will be paired with top-seeded Fort Smith Northside Monday at the O’Reilly Center.

The Lendel Thomas Classic came to an end Saturday at Harrison.
The host Lady Goblins were able to keep the girls’ championship trophy at Goblin Arena. Harrison edged out West Memphis 67-64.
Western Grove’s girls ended up with a fifth-place finish. The Lady Warriors beat Bentonville West 54-43.
Harrison came up short in its quest to keep the boys’ title at home. The Goblins lost 70-50 to Har-Ber from Springdale.
Western Grove took the boys’ consolation championship back home to Newton County. The Warriors defeated Earle by a final of 50-43.

Three area boys’ teams played their third games in the Greenwood Blue and Gold Tournament at Springfield.
West Plains was able to advanced to the consolation final of the Gold Division after eliminating Camdenton 73-51. The Zizzers will finish the tournament Monday against Reeds Spring.
Branson will move on to the fifth-place game of the Blue Division with a 58-49 victory over Clever. The Pirates will take on Boliver on Monday.
Ava was eliminated from the Blue Division of the tournament. The Bears fell to Lebanon 52-43.

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