Basketball Junior Conference Tournament Preview

Monday, February 6, 2017

Junior conference tournaments get underway today across the region, with the majority of our local teams in action. Piggott High School is hosting the 3A-3 with games today, Monday, Feb. 6, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Meanwhile, the Rector Cougars and Marmaduke Greyhounds will be competing in their conference tourney at Sloan-Hendrix in Imboden with games today, Thursday and Saturday.

In the 3A-3 at PHS today Rivercrest and Walnut Ridge will meet at 4 p.m. in the girls bracket, followed by Walnut Ridge and Rivercrest in the boys bracket at 5. The Hoxie and Manila girls meet in the 6 p.m. contest and the Mohawk boys squad will face Riverside in the 7 p.m. nightcap.

At Sloan-Hendrix today, Marmaduke's boys will take on Ridgefield Christian in the 4 p.m. game, followed around 5:10 by the Rector Junior Lady Cougars and Ridgefield Christian. The third game will feature the Junior Cougars taking on CRA around 6:20 p.m. with Hillcrest meeting Maynard in the girls bracket in the 7:30 game and the host Sloan-Hendrix boys meeting the Maynard Tigers in the boys bracket in the nightcap, around 8:40.

There are three games on Tuesday at PHS, and the action will begin at 4 p.m. with girls play between Corning and Osceola, followed by Osceola and Hoxie in the boys bracket around 5. The 6 p.m. game will be in the girls bracket between Riverside and the host Lady Mohawks.

The 3A semi-finals at Piggott High School will be played at 4, 6, 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The first game will be in the girls bracket as the winner of Corning-Osceola meets the winner of Rivercrest and Walnut Ridge. The 5 p.m. game will be in the boys bracket, as the winner of the Piggott-Riverside game meets the winner of the Manila-Corning contest. The 6 p.m. contest will be in the girls bracket as the winners of the Riverside-Piggott and Hoxie-Manila game will meet. And, the nighcap on Wednesday will be a boys semi-final game between the winners of the Osceola-Hoxie game and the Walnut Ridge-Rivercrest contest.

The girls championship will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday at Piggott High School, followed by the boys championship around 2.

Meanwhile, at Imboden the top two seeded girls teams, Marmaduke and Sloan-Hendrix, get a bye in the first round. Checking the schedule for Thursday's semi-finals, the first will be played in the girls bracket at 4 p.m. as the Lady Greyhounds take on the winner of the Rector-Ridgefield Christian game. At 5:10 the winner of the Marmaduke-Ridgefield Christian boys game will face the winner of the Sloan-Hendrix-Maynard game. The 6:20 p.m. tip will feature the top-seeded Lady Greyhounds as they take on the winner of the Hillcrest-Maynard game and the 7:30 game will match the top-seeded Hillcrest boys with the winner of the Rector-CRA game.

The winners will be squaring-off on Saturday for the conference finals, with the girls game scheduled to tip-off at 11 a.m. followed by the boys contest around 12:15 p.m. at Sloan-Hendrix High School.

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