Five area schools still in Arkansas basketball state title hunt

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Ashdown's James Smith helps cut down the net after the recent 3A regional at Prescott.


Next week’s Arkansas state championship basketball games could have a strong Southwest flavor to it.

Ashdown is one of five possible schools in Saturday’s Arkansas semifinals, one win away from playing at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Ashdown’s boys improved to 26-2 in Osceola Friday with a nail-biting 68-66 win over Little Rock Baptist Prep. The Panthers play host Osceola, a 62-60 winner over Valley Springs.

Baptist Prep (30-4) had moved down to 3A this season after winning the last three Arkansas 4A state championships.

Another host team in Saturday’s semifinals is Magnolia. These Panthers eliminated Blytheville, 63-61. Magnolia (22-5) plays Westside (23-8) at 7:30 p.m. De Queen’s girls played a late quarterfinal game Friday night.

Spring Hill girls bow out to Melbourne

Spring Hill (23-7), the last area 2A girls team in the state tournament, was eliminated Friday by Melbourne, 70-44.

However, Lafayette County’s boys are still going strong. The Cougars defeated Marked Tree in Friday’s quarterfinal, 81-76. The Cougars (27-6) play Clarendon (22-9) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Carlisle.

Nevada’s boys raced past Deer, 89-48, in a Friday quarterfinal at Brockwell. The Blue Jays play Hillcrest for the right to play in Hot Springs.

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