Six Faulkner County basketball teams will play in state tournaments this week at four sites throughout the state.
The semifinals at all sites will be Saturday.
The state championship games will begin Thursday through Saturday, March 9-11 at Hot Springs’ Summit Arena.
The schedule involving Faulkner County teams:
7A boys at Cabot
8:30 p.m.: Conway vs. Fort Smith Northside
7A girls at Cabot
1 p.m.: Conway vs. Fort Smith Southside
5A girls at Greene County Tech (Paragould)
1 p.m.: Vilonia vs. Hot Springs Lakeside
2A girls at Cedar Ridge (Newark)
4 p.m.: St. Joseph vs. Strong
1A girls at SAU-Magnolia
1 p.m.: Guy-Perkins vs. Wonderview
1 p.m.: MV-Enola vs. Weiner
St. Joseph’s girls lost to England, 61-47, in the 2A East Regional finals Saturday night at Magnet Cove.
Heather Moix scored 11 points and had 11 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs (28-5). Courtney Briggler had 10 points and five rebounds. Rachel and Meagan Briggler had eight points each. Jennifer Hegman had six points and Anna Mayor added four.
“We just got too far behind early (32-17) at the half,” said St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier. “We turned the ball over way too much. However, we made a good run at them late and got within nine. They are a very good team, but this was a good tournament for us.”
Friday night, Moix hit a basket with a second left to give the Lady Bulldogs a 34-32 win over host Magnet Cove. She had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Rachel Briggler hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 30 with 1:30 left. Rachel Briggler hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to give St. Joseph a 32-30 to set up Moix’s game-winner after Magnet Cove scored.
Courtney Briggler had eight points and four blocked shots. Rachel Briggler had seven points and four assists. Meagan Briggler had six points. Hegeman had five rebounds and four steals.
“I was so proud of our effort,” Kordsmeier said. “We never gave up. Magnet Cove is a tough, physical team. The girls really stepped up and made some great plays late. That’s what makes it really fun.”