Paris area high school basketball teams enter postseason play
As the season winds down for most teams, this past week has brought changing schedules and games that put the season on the line for many.
This season has forced many to juggle schedules, with this week scheduled to be the final week of regular season play. Schools across the area have cancelled nonconference games to fit in games previously scheduled that influence their position in the district tournament.
Paris wrapped up their regular season and began their postseason this week. They faced off against Cedarville in their early week game.
The Eagles dropped the contest 50-42 in a hard fought contest. It would prove to be their final regular season game, as the icy weather forced the cancellation of Thursday's game with Booneville. The game was not going to alter the conference standings, so it went unplayed. The Eagles host Danville in a Saturday matchup that would end the season for the losing team.
Paris dropped a game at Danville just a week ago and knew it would be a tough matchup. The Eagles turned the tables on the Little Johns and ran away with a 19-point win to advance in the tournament. The 56-37 win will likely mean the Eagles will be waiting for their second round matchup at Booneville, a game originally scheduled for the 16th but may be bumped with the pending weather.
The Lady Eagles upset Cedarville in their early week matchup. After losing by 12 earlier in the season on the road, the Lady Eagles stayed in the fight all evening, and overcame adversity in the final seconds to a take a 53-52 win.
Jadyn Hart had a double-double, scoring 23 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Without their game with Booneville, they also hosted a win or go home matchup with Waldron. The teams each won at home in the regular season, but this one was all Lady Eagles.
A good home crowd braved the weather to cheer the Lady Eagles to a 46-38 win. Jadyn Hart scored 17, and Brailey Forst, who has really come on strong offensively, scored 15. They will now face either Cossatot River or Cedarville in the next round when play resumes.
Scranton had possibly the toughest week all around. The boys hosted Western Yell in a Saturday matchup and could not hold the lead they built early.
The Rockets season ended with the home loss. The Lady Rockets are just getting key players back from COVID protocols, and they dropped an ugly loss at Western Yell mid week to wrap up their regular season. They were not able to play their first round game this weekend, and will wait to see their schedule develop in the windows allowed by the weather this week.
County Line may be the only team in the area with an easy path.
They played one game last week, taking down Mulberry 63-40. They are in a virtual tie for the conference lead and will have a double bye in the District Tournament, securing their spot in the next round at Regionals. The Lady Indians are also in a good spot, though they dropped a close game at Mulberry 50-47. Even with the loss, they are sitting solid in the third position in the conference, earning a bye in the first round and needing to win only one game to advance.
The Subiaco Academy Trojans had a tough week, facing two of the top teams in their conference as things wind down. They traveled to conference leading Morrilton, where they dropped a game to the Devil Dogs 39-56. To close out the week, the Trojans again went on the road, this time to Dardanelle, where they lost 37-55. They are in fifth place in the conference with a 5-7 record.
Teams will undoubtedly be adjusting schedules this week as the weather will play and unpredictable role with teams vying to advance to the next round.