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All games at Bank OZK Arena, Hot Springs

1A girls

VIOLA LADY LONGHORNS VS. KIRBY LADY TROJANS

Time Noon

PROBABLE STARTERS

VIOLA

NO., POS., PLAYER HT. CL.

22 G Keyaira Moore 5-8 Sr.

11 G Sami McCandlis 5-9 Jr.

30 G A.J. McCandlis 5-6 Fr.

14 F Lindsey Browning 5-11 Jr.

34 F Braidlyn Fierce 6-0 Sr.

COACH Jason Hughes

CONFERENCE 1A-2

RECORD 39-2

POSTSEASON RESULTS def. Armorel 63-27 (regional first round), def. Hillcrest 53-26 (regional semifinal), def. Norfork 32-15 (regional final), def. Mount Vernon-Enola 59-36 (state first round), def. Caddo Hills 53-27 (state quarterfinal), def. West Side Greers Ferry 60-56 (state semifinal)

KIRBY

NO., POS., PLAYER HT. CL.

23 G Joce Mount 5-4 Sr.

15 G Adi Harmon 5-4 Sr.

24 G Kaylee Dougan 5-8 Sr.

31 F Gigi Davis 5-9 Sr.

21 C McKenzie Jones 6-0 Jr.

COACH Robert Tucker

CONFERENCE 1A-7

RECORD 38-5

POSTSEASON RESULTS def. Dermott 63-26 (regional first round), def. Ouachita 54-32 (regional semifinal), def. Caddo Hills 55-35 (regional final), def. Western Yell County 80-29 (state first round), def. Norfork 54-41 (state quarterfinal), def. Alpena 67-33 (state semifinal)

NOTEWORTHY Kirby is averaging 62 points per game, but the point distribution is usually spread around. "That gives us the balance we need," Kirby Coach Robert Tucker said. "When we get that, it's a lot harder to beat us. That was what I was concerned with going to the year, but they've stepped up." ... Viola averages 57 points per game. "We don't have to rely on one person to win a game. The balance that we have makes us tough to defend." ... All five of Kirby's losses were to teams that played in state tournaments, including two (Greenwood and Star City) against teams who are in state-title games. ... Viola has beaten everyone on its schedule. It lost to both Marmaduke and Mountain View after beating both previously. ... Kirby's McKenzie Jones is averaging 20.6 points, while teammate Gigi Davis is averaging 13.0 points during the state tournament for Kirby.

1A boys

IZARD COUNTY COUGARS VS. NEVADA BLUE JAYS

Time 1:45 p.m.

PROBABLE STARTERS

IZARD COUNTY

NO., POS., PLAYER HT. CL.

4 G Chase Orf 6-1 Jr.

5 G Dylan Tharp 5-10 Sr.

14 G Coby Everett 5-11 Jr.

25 F Caleb Faulkner 6-4 Jr.

42 F Justus Cooper 6-5 Sr.

COACH Kyle McCandlis

CONFERENCE 1A-2

RECORD 39-5

POSTSEASON RESULTS def. Crowley's Ridge 70-24 (regional first round), def. Viola 84-50 (regional semifinal), def. Mammoth Spring 63-34 (regional final), def. Bradford 74-32 (state first round), def. Bradley 91-78 (state quarterfinal), def. Kirby 55-52 (state semifinal)

NEVADA

NO., POS., PLAYER HT. CL.

12 G Keyonte Coleman 5-7 Sr.

3 G Javontae Pearson 5-9 Jr.

22 G Bryson Rhodes 6-2 Sr.

35 F Jared Todd 6-1 Jr.

5 F Kobe Edwards 6-7 Jr.

COACH Bobby Mullins

CONFERENCE 1A-8

RECORD 33-6

POSTSEASON RESULTS def. Ouachita 51-38 (regional first round), def. Kirby 55-52 (regional semifinal), def. Bradley 56-43 (regional final), def. County Line 61-31 (state first round), def. Concord 50-36 (state quarterfinal), def. Mount Vernon-Enola 66-42 (state semifinal)

NOTEWORTHY Izard County hasn't lost to a Class 1A school since dropping a 71-66 decision to Guy-Perkins in the 2018 championship game. ... Nevada has been beaten by Izard County in the previous two postseasons, but the Blue Jays knocked off the Cougars 49-38 early in the 2016-17 regular season. ... Justus Cooper, a University of Arkansas at Fort Smith signee, is averaging 23 points per game at the state tournament for Izard County. "We don't have that alpha male like Izard does," Nevada Coach Bobby Mullins said. "He's that guy for them, [Derrian] Ford is that guy for Magnolia. It's a blessing and a curse for us sometimes because there's no big I's and little U's. The curse is that you want to have that guy that can take you to the promised land if need be." ... Nevada is averaging 14.0 assists and 10.7 steals per game this season. ... Izard County has scored 70 points or more 30 times, including 91 three times.

2A girls

QUITMAN LADY BULLDOGS VS. MELBOURNE LADY BEARKATZ

Time 6 p.m.

PROBABLE STARTERS

QUITMAN

NO., POS., PLAYER HT. CL.

1 G Autumn Johnson 5-4 Sr.

4 G Halle Bennett 5-4 Sr.

22 G Taylor Jo Hooten 5-3 So.

42 F Lucie Holland 5-8 Sr.

45 F Carson Rackley 5-8 Sr.

COACH Tim Hooten

CONFERENCE 2A-5 North

RECORD 30-3

POSTSEASON RESULTS def. England 57-27 (regional first round), def. Conway Christian 66-36 (def. semifinal), def. Bigelow 58-56, OT (regional final), def. Hector 84-45 (state first round), def. Marmaduke 71-37 (state quarterfinal), def. Earle 40-28 (state semifinal)

MELBOURNE

NO., POS., PLAYER HT. CL.

3 G Kiley Webb 5-3 Jr.

30 G Josie Roark 5-6 Jr.

25 F Dani Hardaway 5-7 Sr.

44 F Kenley McCarn 5-9 So.

34 C Jenna Lawrence 6-2 Fr.

COACH Eric Teague

CONFERENCE 2A-3

RECORD 33-2

POSTSEASON RESULTS def. Cross County 72-46 (regional first round), def. Riverside 60-47 (regional semifinal), def. Marmaduke 50-35 (regional final), def. Fordyce 67-27 (state first round), def. Bigelow 54-38 (state quarterfinal), def. Des Arc 68-54 (state semifinal)

NOTEWORTHY Last year's championship victory over Atkins was Melbourne's first since 1973. ... Quitman lost to the Melbourne 59-43 on Nov. 21 and Mountain View 54-24 on Nov. 22 before winning 19 games in a row. The Lady Bulldogs' only other loss was to Mount Vernon-Enola, 57-51, on Feb. 11. ... Melbourne lost to Class 6A finalist Bentonville 55-31 during the Malik Monk Classic on Dec. 21 and Classen (Okla.) 62-40 at the Pink and White Classic in Springfield, Mo. ... Quitman's average margin of victory during the state tournament is 28.3 points while Melbourne's margin is 23.3 points. ... The Lady Bulldogs' lost to eventual Class 2A champion Earle in the finals in 2018 as well as the quarterfinals in 2019 but finally beat Earle last week in the semifinals at Quitman. "You never not want to go to a championship game, but you realize you've still got work to do," Quitman Coach Tim Hooten said. "It's not over yet."

2A boys

ENGLAND LIONS VS. EARLE BULLDOGS

Time 7:45 p.m.

PROBABLE STARTERS

ENGLAND

NO., POS., PLAYER HT. CL.

1 G Kavante Davis 5-11 Sr.

2 G Traejon Blake 6-1 Jr.

0 F Jamal Shorty 6-1 Jr.

25 F Marvin Shavers 6-0 Sr.

10 F Tamarous Dodson 6-3 Sr.

COACH Trent Morgan

CONFERENCE 2A-5 South

RECORD 29-5

POSTSEASON RESULTS def. Quitman 77-70 (regional first round), def. Pangburn 77-71 (regional semifinal), def. White County Central 51-42 (regional final), def. Hackett 62-50 (state first round), def. Bay 57-51 (state quarterfinal), def. Lavaca 47-33 (state semifinal)

EARLE

NO., POS., PLAYER HT. CL.

0 G Jermayne Johnson 6-0 Jr.

11 G Donnie Cheers 5-9 Fr.

13 G Rolly Davis 6-1 So.

21 F Devin Johnson 6-1 Jr.

1 F Leeadrew Milow 6-5 Sr.

COACH Carl Miller

CONFERENCE 2A-6

RECORD 21-9

POSTSEASON RESULTS def. Melbourne 50-46 (regional first round), lost to Marianna 57-44 (regional semifinal), lost to Rector 48-41 (regional third-place game), def. Camden Harmony Grove 88-63 (state first round), def. Pangburn 73-42 (state quarterfinal), def. Marianna 76-66 (state semifinal)

NOTEWORTHY Earle won state titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018. ... England's Tamarous Dodson averaged 20.6 points, while Kavante Davis averaged 16 points during last week's state tournament. "He's so unselfish," England Coach Trent Morgan said of Davis. "I tell him all the time I wish he had a selfish bone in his body, but he doesn't. He's a great kid with great grades, and I love coaching him because he plays so hard. When he knows games and are on the line, he steps up. He holds people accountable so I won't have to get on them." ... Carl Miller is 41-21 in his second season at Earle. ... Trent Morgan was an assistant coach on England's title-winning team last season. ... Earle split four meetings this season with Class 2A power Marianna. "If the atmosphere we played in this year when we played Marianna doesn't get you ready for this game, nothing will. Played them four times, and each time was standing-room only."

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