While one Faulkner team earned a state berth, several other teams began their regional journeys and state quests at sites in different sections of the state.
Wednesday, Mount Vernon-Enola’s girls clinched a state berth and moved into Friday afternoon’s semifinals with almost a wire-to-wire victory over Midland in the Class A Region 3 tournament at Greers Ferry West Side.
Four teams from each region qualify for next week’s state tournaments, meaning a team has to win one game in the region to assure themselves one of four state seeds.
Four other Faulkner teams were in action Thursday, two after the 2A West regional tournament at Magazine (Logan County) was pushed back a day because of icy weather.
That tournament was to resume Thursday with Wednesday’s schedule, which had Conway Christian’s girls playing Mountainburg in the afternoon and St. Joseph’s boys taking on Mountainburg that evening.
The games originally scheduled for Thursday in the tourney at Magazine will be played Friday with St. Joseph’s girls taking of Hackett at 4 p.m. and CCS’ boys playing Decatur at 5:30 p.m.
Semifinals will now be played Saturday with the finals moved to Monday night.
Also, Thursday night, Mayflower’s boys played Riverview in the Class 3A regional at Jessieville.
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GREERS FERRY — The Lady Warhawks (31-2), the top seed from 5A-North, took command from the beginning and powered to a 47-26 victory over Midland, the No. 4 seed from 2A-South.
MV-Enola led, 24-11, at the half and was not seriously challenged during the second half as the Lady Warhawks took advantage of several turnovers by the Lady Mustangs to steadily pull away.
Shanna Smith led MV-Enola with 17 points and Heather Prowse added 12.
GREERS FERRY — Trailing by 10 at one point in the second quarter in the first-round game of the Class A regional, the Thunderbirds drew within 30-29 of Concord before the Pirates put together a series of runs late in the first half and throughout the second half for an 87-58 victory that ended the season for Guy-Perkins.
The Pirates (32-6) are champions of 2A-South. The Thunderbirds were the fourth-place team from 5A-North.
Haden Lacy led the Thunderbirds with 12 points. Tim Campbell added eight.
In a 73-60 victory over Mount St. Mary on Tuesday at Little Rock, Enjonae Chambers and Kianna Speight sparked the Conway Lady Cats with 20 points each. Asia Willard added 12.
“We had an opportunity to give a lot of people quality minutes tonight, with 8 out of 11 players scoring,” said Conway coach Ashley Nance. “I specifically wanted to get my seniors on the court as much as possible as their high school career comes to an end.”
The Conway girls (14-11, 4-9) have been eliminated from 7A state tournament contention. They will close out the season on Senior Night on Friday night against Greenwood.