Regional tournament play got underway Wednesday for high school basketball in Arkansas.
Three local teams played their openers in the Class 2A West Regional Tournament at Eureka Springs.
Flippin’s boys were able to clinch a state tournament berth after edging out Danville 48-45. The Bobcats improve to 26-9 on the season.
Flippin’s girls will join their male counterparts in Friday’s semifinals, as they defeated Hackett 42-31 The Lady Bobcats are now 19-15 on the year.
The Yellville-Summit girls watched their season come to an end after falling to Danville 53-20. The Lady Panthers’ final record is 11-16.
The Class 1A Region 2 Tournament got underway at Hillcrest Elementary School in Lynn.
Viola’s girls invoked the mercy rule in the first game of the day, as they routed Armorel 63-27. The Lady Longhorns’ record stands at 34-2.
Mammoth Spring took the other girls’ game after topping Lead Hill 52-38. Terra Godwin led the Lady Bears with 17 points, and Shelby VanGinhoven added 12. Mammoth Spring improves to 25-7 on the season.
Izard County dominated the first boys’ game of the tournament, as they pounded Crowley’s Ridge Academy 70-24. The Cougars were led by Isaac Jones with 17 points, and Dylan Tharp chipped in 13. Izard County is 34-5 on the year.
Omaha was one-and-done in the other boys’ contest after falling to Hillcrest 51-36. The Eagles finish the season at 20-13.
Two local girls’ teams began action in the Class 2A North Regional Tournament at Clarendon.
Salem was eliminated from the tournament with a 57-29 loss to Earle. The Lady Greyhounds wrap up the year at 11-14.
Melbourne was able to continue its defense of last year’s state championship after topping Cross County 72-46. The Lady Bearkatz improve to 28-2.
Four area teams took part in the opening night of the Class 3A Region 1 Tournament at Waldron.
The season ended for the Mountain View boys, as they lost to Elkins 59-31. The Yellowjackets finish the campaign at 11-15.
Valley Springs breezed through the other boys’ game after beating up on Greenland 69-48. The Tigers now have a mark of 33-3.
Valley Springs’ girls were able to put the mercy rule in effect, as they destroyed Waldron 73-31. The Lady Tigers improve to 31-7 on the year.
Bergman was bounced from the other girls’ game after falling to Charleston 44-32. The Lady Panthers wrap up the season at 26-12.
As district play continued for the smaller schools in Missouri, the Gainesville boys’ season ended in the semifinals of the Class 2, District 10 Tournament at Cabool. The Bulldogs were edged out by Seymour 60-57. Gainesville’s final record is 16-11.
Two area girls’ teams squared off in the semifinals of the Class 3, District 11 Tournament at Strafford. Hollister lost to Forsyth 53-45. The Lady Tigers finish the year at 17-11. The Lady Panthers improve to 20-6, and they’ll face the host Lady Indians for the district title on Saturday.
Ava’s boys advanced to the championship game of the Class 3, District 4 Tournament at Mountain Grove. The Bears defeated Mountain View-Liberty 71-49. Ava is now 22-5 and will meet St. James on Friday.
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