Several area high school basketball teams were in district tournament play on Tuesday.
Three local schools took part in the semifinals of the 2A-1 District Tournament at Decatur.
Cotter’s girls were able to advance to Friday’s championship game after picking up a 47-23 victory over Yellville-Summit. Kate Cheek scored 21 points, as the Lady Warriors improve to 20-11 on the season. The Lady Panthers fall to 11-15.
Flippin will be Cotter’s next opponent, after they got past Eureka Springs 43-40. The Lady Bobcats are now 17-15 on the year. The Lady Highlanders will be Yellville-Summit’s matchup for the third-place game.
Cotter did not fare as well on the boys’ bracket, as they fell to Flippin 57-36. The Warriors’ record drops to 10-24, and the Bobcats have a mark of 24-9.
Yellville-Summit will be Flippin’s opponent in the finals after edging out Decatur 43-41. The Panthers improve to 19-6. Cotter will take on the host Bulldogs Friday for third place.
The second round of the 1A-2 District Tournament was held at Omaha.
Norfork’s boys watched their season come to an end, as they lost to the host Eagles 61-46. The Panthers’ final record is 14-17. Omaha is now 20-11, and they’ll face top-seeded Izard County in Friday’s semifinals.
Lead Hill was eliminated in the other boys’ contest, as they fell to Western Grove 76-54. The Tigers finish the year at 18-21. The Warriors improve to 24-8, and their next opponent will be Viola.
Calico Rock was bounced from the girls’ bracket after losing to Lead Hill 56-45. The Lady Pirates’ season ends at 13-15. The Lady Tigers are 24-15, and they’ll take top-seeded Viola on Friday.
The other girls’ game ended with Izard County falling to Western Grove 59-54. The Lady Cougars wrap up the campaign at 16-16. The Lady Warriors are 17-12, and they will next be paired with Norfork.
Salem’s girls secured a regional tournament bid, as they are hosting the 2A-3 District Tournament. Salem beat another group of Lady Greyhounds from Sloan-Hendrix by a final of 61-43. Salem improves to 11-12 on the season, and they’ll play top-seeded Melbourne in Thursday’s semifinals.
The Mammoth Spring boys assured themselves a regional berth after winning their first game in the 1A-3 District Tournament at Maynard. The Bears pounded the host Tigers 58-32. Clint Lester was Mammoth Spring’s top scorer with 13 points, Alex Mero had 12, Cole Young finished with 11, and Zack Flynn chipped in 10 points. The Bears are 22-12 on the year, and their opponent on Thursday will be Hillcrest in the semifinals.
A few area teams played their openers in the 3A-1 East District Tournament at Bergman.
According to Rodney Beaver of the Harrison Daily Times, the last boys’ game went down to the wire, as Mountain View’s J’air Jackson pushed the ball in the final seconds and found Bryce Baird under the basket for the 48-46 game winner over Marshall. The Bobcats finish the season at 6-16. The Yellowjackets improve to 12-13, and they’ll face top-seeded Valley Springs in Friday’s semifinals.
Bergman invoked the mercy rule in the other boys’ contest, as they destroyed Rose Bud 80-37. The host Panthers now have a record of 29-6, and their next opponent will be Clinton.
The only girls’ game of the night ended with Valley Springs dominating Clinton 58-35. The Lady Tigers stand at 28-7, and they’ll take on Rose Bud on Friday.
Rural Special’s girls not only secured a regional bid, but they also made sure Wonderview would no longer be the defending state champions. The Lady Rebels topped the Lady Daredevils 53-42 in the 1A-5 District Tournament at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Morrilton. Rural Special improves to 16-11, and its opponent in Thursday’s semifinals will be top-seeded Concord.
The season ended for the Harrison boys in the 4A-1 District Tournament at Prairie Grove. The Goblins fell to the host Tigers 54-48. Harrison’s final record is 11-18.
Jasper’s boys clinched a regional berth after winning their opener in the 1A-1 District Tournament at Kingston. The Pirates defeated the Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy 62-52. Jasper is now 21-20 on the year.
Elsewhere, the Gainesville boys had a rough night on the road, as they took on the second-ranked team in Missouri’s Class 2. The Bulldogs lost to Hartville 86-56.
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