Norfork girls, Flippin teams finish as regional runners-up

Regional tournament play came to an end Saturday for high school basketball in Arkansas.

The Class 1A Region 2 Tournament wrapped up at Hillcrest Elementary School in Lynn.
Norfork’s girls came up short in a low-scoring championship game, as they fell to Viola 32-15. The Lady Panthers drop to 24-11 on the season, and they’ll meet Concord Wednesday in the Class 1A State Tournament at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy. The Lady Longhorns improve to 36-2, and their next opponent will be Mount Vernon-Enola on Tuesday.
The boys’ title game ended with Mammoth Spring losing to Izard County 63-34. Clint Lester led the Bears with 10 points. For the Cougars, who won their third regional title in four years, Chase Orf scored 14 points, and Justus Cooper and Coby Everett added 13 each. Cooper, Caleb Faulkner, Coby Everett and Dylan Tharp were named All-Regional. Mammoth Spring falls to 24-14 on the year, and its first opponent in the state tournament will be Concord on Wednesday. Izard County is now 36-5 and will be paired with Bradford on Tuesday.
The Viola boys suffered a heartbreaking loss in the third place game as Hillcrest hit a three at the buzzer to grab the 56-53 victory. The Longhorns are now 29-9 on the year, and they’ll face Wonderview in the state tournament on Wednesday.
In the other third place contest, Mammoth Spring’s girls ended up falling to Hillcrest 51-42. The Lady Bears were led by Terra Godwin with 21 points. Mammoth Spring’s record falls to 25-9, and its first state tournament matchup is Wednesday against Greers Ferry West Side.

Both of Flippin’s teams finished the week as runners-up in the Class 2A West Regional Tournament at Eureka Springs.
The Lady Bobcats began the evening with a 53-49 loss to Danville. Flippin drops to 20-16 and will meet Des Arc Wednesday night at the Class 2A State Tournament in Quitman.
Flippin’s boys later followed by falling to Lavaca 55-36. The Bobcats have a mark of 27-10, and their next opponent on Wednesday will be Pangburn.

The Melbourne girls left Clarendon as the champions of the Class 2A North Regional Tournament after beating Marmaduke 50-35. The Lady Bearkatz improve to 30-2 on the season, and they’ll head to Quitman on Tuesday to take on Fordyce.

The Class 3A Region 1 Tournament ended at Waldron with Valley Springs winning both championship trophies.
Mountain View’s girls were edged out by the Lady Tigers 53-50. The Lady Yellowjackets fall to 24-5 on the year, and they’ll take on Helena-West Helena Wednesday in the Class 3A State Tournament at Charleston. Valley Springs is now 33-7, and meet Fouke on Tuesday.
Valley Springs made it a sweep taking the boys’ game over Elkins 62-49. The Tigers stand at 35-3, and their first state tournament game will be Tuesday against Helena-West Helena.
The Bergman boys came away with a third-place finish, as they topped Clinton 69-60. The Panthers improve to 32-8, and they’ll face Dumas Wednesday night at Charleston.

Rural Special’s quest for the girls’ title of the Class 1A Region 3 Tournament came up short at Bradford, after they fell to Greers Ferry West Side 49-44. The Lady Rebels are 19-13 on the year, and their first opponent at Lake Hamilton will be Hillcrest on Wednesday.

The Harrison girls ended up as runners-up in the Class 4A North Regional Tournament at Berryville. The Lady Goblins lost to Farmington for the third straight time by a final of 63-52. Harrison falls to 27-4 on the season, and despite the loss, the Lady Goblins will have a first-round bye in the Class 4A State Tournament at Farmington. Their first game will be on Friday.

Jasper’s boys came up just short in the title game of the Class 1A Region 1 Tournament at Alpena, as they were edged out by the New School 52-50. The Pirates’ record is 24-22, and their first game in the Class 1A State Tournament will be Thursday against Kirby.

District play continued in Missouri, as the West Plains boys won their opener in the Class 4, District 11 Tournament at Marshfield. The Zizzers breezed past Reeds Spring 64-42. West Plains improves to 13-13 and will compete in the semifinals Tuesday against top-seeded Logan-Rogersville.

The season ended for Forsyth’s girls in the championship game of the Class 3, District 11 Tournament at Strafford. The Lady Panthers fell to the host Lady Indians 54-24. Forsyth’s final record is 20-7.

Both of Branson’s teams won their openers in the Class 5, District 11 Tournament at Parkview High School in Springfield.
The Lady Pirates started the afternoon by eliminating the host Lady Vikings 42-36. Branson is now 16-11 on the season and will face top-seeded Springfield Kickapoo on Monday in the semifinals.
The Branson boys followed with a 56-43 victory over Springfield Central. The Pirates improve to 10-17, and their semifinal game will be Tuesday against top-seeded Kickapoo.

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