Fouke girls lead parade of Southwest Arkansas cagers to state tournament

Fouke girls
Fouke girls coach Mo Williams is taking his team back to state for the fourth straight year.


Several Southwest Arkansas high school basketball teams, including the Fouke girls, are still alive in their respective regional tournaments.

In the 3A girls tournament at Drew Central High School in Monticello, Fouke qualified for next week’s state tournament in Charleston by beating Lakeside, 59-42. The Lady Panthers play Centerpoint Friday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals.

Fouke girls swish 11 treys

Fouke’s girls converted 11 3-pointers in their win over Lakeside. Taylor Hardin led the Lady Panthers (23-7) with 16 points. Christa Wall had 15 on five 3-pointers. Mallory Oliver scored 13, and Jade Perry swished four 3-pointers for 12 points.

This is the fourth straight year that Fouke’s girls have qualified for the state tournament.

In the other semifinal game Ashdown plays West Helena Central at 4 p.m. Ashdown defeated host Drew Central, 43-35. Central eliminated Prescott, 38-34.

Fouke girls

Ashdown boys bow out early

Defending state champion Ashdown bowed out in the boys division to Drew Central, 41-40. The host team plays Prescott Friday at 8:30 p.m. The Curley Wolves beat McGehee, 71-42.

Nashville will be advancing to state in both boys and girls divisions. The Scrappers’ boys beat Warren, 47-44. The Lady Scrappers defeated Warren, 47-33. Magnolia’s boys beat Bauxite, 70-36. Nashville and Magnolia play Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Crossett.

Dierks qualified for state by eliminating Parkers Chapel, 78-64. The Outlaws face Harmony Grove Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Fordyce. Harmony Grove defeated Foreman, 73-63.

Host Caddo Hills and Bradley both qualified for the Class A state tournament. Bradley beat Mountain Pine, 64-32.