High school basketball makes up the local Friday schedule, as the regular season comes to an end for Mountain Home, and for the girls, a conference championship is on the line. The Bombers and Lady Bombers will head toward the Mississippi River, as they face West Memphis.
Mountain Home’s girls are part of a three-way tie for first place in the 5A-East with the Lady Blue Devils and Nettleton, as all three teams have a conference record of 10-3, and Jonesboro trails by a half game. If the Lady Bombers get the victory, they will win at least a share of the league title and clinch a No. 1 seed for next week’s state tournament. Mountain Home, ranked fifth in Class 5A by the Arkansas Sports Media, is 21-5 on the season after beating up on Searcy on Tuesday. West Memphis is 21-6 coming off a loss to Greene County Tech. The Lady Bombers fell 35-33 on Jan. 31 on a game-winning offensive rebound and putback by the Lady Blue Devils.
The Mountain Home boys are 15-11 overall and 6-7 in the conference after squeaking by Searcy three nights ago. West Memphis, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A and No. 4 overall in the Arkansas Sports Media’s latest poll, is coming off a seven-point win over Tech. The Bombers ended up losing to the Blue Devils 49-45 nearly a month ago.
The junior varsity boys’ game tips off at 5 p.m. at Lehr Arena. The varsity contests begin around 6 and can be heard on Classic Hits 101.7 and streaming live at ktlo.com.
Elsewhere, regional tournaments will hold their semifinal rounds across The Natural State.
The Class 1A Region 2 Tournament continues at Hillcrest Elementary School in Lynn. On the girls’ side, Viola tips off at 4 p.m. against the host Lady Screamin’ Eagles, and Norfork takes on Mammoth Spring at 7. On the boys’ bracket, Viola plays Izard County at 5:30, and Mammoth Spring will be paired with Hillcrest at 8:30.
Both of Flippin’s teams will compete in the semifinals of the Class 2A West Regional Tournament at Eureka Springs. The Lady Bobcats face the host Lady Highlanders at 4, and Flippin’s boys meet Hector at 5:30.
The Melbourne girls will return to Clarendon for the semifinals of the Class 2A North Regional Tournament. The Lady Bearkatz will take on Riverside at 7 p.m.
The Class 3A Region 1 Tournament resumes at Waldron. In the girls’ games, Mountain View and Charleston get started at 4, and Valley Springs plays Rose Bud at 7. In the boys’ games, Bergman will be matched up with Elkins at 5:30, and Valley Springs faces Clinton at 8:30.
Rural Special’s girls will take part in the semifinals of the Class 1A Region 3 Tournament at Bradford. The Lady Rebels take on Mount Vernon-Enola at 7.
The Harrison girls will be back in Berryville for the semifinals of the Class 4A North Regional Tournament. The Lady Goblins meet Ozark at 4 p.m.
Jasper’s boys will compete in the semifinals of the Class 1A Region 1 Tournament at Alpena. The Pirates will play County Line at 8:30.
In Missouri, a state tournament bid is on the line for two area boys’ teams.
Dora will play for the championship of the Class 1, District 4 Tournament at Norwood. The top-seeded Falcons will go up against the host Pirates at 6 p.m.
Ava returns to Mountain Grove for the title game of the Class 3, District 4 Tournament. The Bears will meet top-seeded St. James at 7:30.
In addition, Mountain Home Christian Academy’s varsity teams will take part in a tournament at Mansfield.
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