by: Scott McCaulley
One of the biggest days in High School Basketball in the two state region as several Regional Tournaments wrapped-up in Arkansas as well as small school District Tournaments in Missouri in addition to the opening day of many Class 4 and 5 Tournaments.
The Harrison Lady Goblins battle for the third time in three weeks after the Lady Cardinals had beaten Harrison in the Regular Season finale plus in last week’s District Title Game. The two teams battled down to the wire again but Farmington does get the win 63-52. Both teams will take part in the 4A State Tournament next week.
Alpena rallies to take the 1A Girls Regional Championship at home 53-48 over Kingston. while Jasper loses the Boys Final 52-50 to New School. Flippin loses the 2A Girls Regional in Eureka Springs to Danville 53-49 while the Flippin Boys drop a 55-36 Title Game to Lavaca.
Valley Springs sweep the 3A Regional Titles at Waldron, the Boys beating Elkins 62-49 with the Girls defeating Mountain View
Third Place Boys winners include the Bergman Boys over Clinton in 3A 69-60, Eureka Springs Girls in 2A 62-41 over Hector, and the Kingston Boys in 1A over County Line 53-49 in Overtime.
Blue Eye claims their third straight Class 3 Girls District Championship with a 62-34 win over Spokane at College of the Ozarks while Greenwood holds off Crane in the Boys District Final 72-63.
Forsyth’s Bid for their first Girls District Basketball Championship since 1982 fell short to the defending four-time State Champion Strafford Lady Indians as they pulled away to a 54-24 win. Strafford did not make it a sweep however as the Boys Team fell to third seed Fair Grove 34-31.
Both Branson teams had close games, but come out with wins in the Opening Round of the Class 5 District with the Lady Pirates holding off host Parkview 42-36 and the Pirates getting by Central 56-43.
Both Reeds Spring teams lost at the Class 4 District in Marshfield, Girls 47-39 to Marshfield, Boys 64-42 to West Plains.