This is the last week of the regular season for area basketball programs as they prepare for the post-season tournaments. The Junior High tournaments are already underway. These tournaments will help teams like Paris who need the talented freshman class to help fill slots on the Lady Eagles roster and will also likely see the boys add contributors as their varsity roster has shrunk
as the season winds down.
For the boys 3A-4 tournament, the positions are all but set, and Paris will have a lot of work to do. It is possible, especially adding some depth, but they will be seeded near the bottom, entering the week with their senior night and the postponed Winter Court on Tuesday against the top-seeded team from fountain Lake. They will wind things up on Friday, which was initially an open date, but will now be filled by the previously moved Perryville game. Next week they will be heading to Lamar for tournament play. The Lady Eagles are currently tied for the fourth seed in the conference and will host the last-place team and the second-place team this week. An upset in either game could see them move.
The County Line Indians and the Scranton Rockets are both likely sets for their tournament seed. County Line should be the top seed, even if they drop their final game on the road at third seed Scranton. The top five teams in the conference could all pull an upset in the tournament, but with the regular-season title, County Line should be focused.
In their last week, Mitchell Keezer put up back to back games over 20 points and was joined by Tyler Duggar with 24 against Western Yell county. County Line Lady Indians and Scranton Lady Rockets will be the talk of the final week. County Line made things even more interesting with a loss at Western Yell last week, meaning the final game at Scranton will be a head to head title game, as both enter with a 9-2 conference mark.
Look for both teams to advance to the next round of play, but Western Yell, who is the host, and St. Paul will both offer plenty of opposition. While County Line dropped a game, Scranton had one canceled, which means the weekly routine is off somewhat. Both teams will be looking to build momentum and will take no break before the tournament. Scranton will host a solid team in non-conference play Friday while County Line will go to a non-conference matchup at 3A Booneville.