Texarkana regional teams qualify for state
Arkansas state high school basketball tournaments tip off next week, and the Texarkana region will be well represented.
Four classifications continue their regional play Friday. All schools participating in the semifinals have already qualified for their respective state events.
Fouke’s girls punched their ticket Thursday at the Prescott Arena with a hard-earned 44-35 win over Drew Central. The Lady Panthers’ roster was depleted of players injured or sick. Fouke was outscored from the field, but converted 17 of 19 free throws to get the win. Taylor Hardin led the winners with 18 points, with Laykin Smallwood contributing 11.
The Lady Panthers play Helena Central Friday at 7 p.m. The other semifinal features 7-3A rivals Ashdown and Centerpoint at 4 p.m.
Ashdown’s boys (23-1) plays defending state champion McGehee Friday at 5:30 p.m. The Owls eliminated Centerpoint in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Host Prescott played Helena Central in a late game Thursday.
Both De Queen and Nashville’s girls are state bound. The Lady Leopards beat Monticello Wednesday at Mena, while Nashville eliminated Camden Fairview. De Queen plays Warren Friday at 4 p.m., with Nasvhille and Star City in the other semifinal at 7 p.m.
8-2A sweeps regional basketball action
District 8-2A swept 7-2A in quarterfinal games at Junction City.
Lafayette County routed Cossatot River, 73-43, with Hampton upsetting 7-3A champion Foreman, 77-56. Host Junction City edged Dierks, 59-57. The Cougars play Junction City Friday at 5:30 p.m. Spring Hill’s girls won Wednesday, and will play Murfreesboro Friday at 4 p.m. The Lady Rattlers advanced with a 50-42 win over Woodlawn.
Bradley’s boys had no problem earning a state tournament berth Thursday, crushing Ouachita, 69-39. The host Bears play Nevada Friday at 8:30 p.m. No. 1 Kirby plays in the other semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Kirby’s girls play Caddo Hills Friday at 4 p.m.
Next week’s state tournaments are at Bentonville (6A), Lake Hamilton (5A), Magnolia (4A), Osceola (3A), Carlisle (2A) and Izard County-Brockwell (A). All finals will be held March 7-9 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
L-E ties Hallsville, Carthage
HALLSVILLE, Texas – Liberty-Eylau (0-2-2) escaped the loss column Thursday with two ties.
The Leopards tied host Hallsville, 2-2. Ben Witterstaetter picked six strong innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out two. Gage Stanley drove in both L-E runs with a single. Ethan Brooks also contributed a single for the Leopards.
L-E followup with a 5-5 tie with Carthage. the Leopards enjoyed their best offensive performance with Marzavin Riles and Witterstaetter contributing two hits each. Kevin Garza also scored twice and drove in a run.
Blake Carter went 3 2/3 innings on the mound for L-E, with Brooks and Drew Langford coming on in relief.