Cave City Athletic Director and tournament host Russell Fowler said, "A lot of effort put in by all of our volunteers, and the coaches have done really well with their teams. The fans have been very supportive. I think it's been a real great success, not only for all of the schools involved, but especially for our community. The businesses here in town have all been pleased. We're really proud to get to host this tournament."
The Sharp County teams, the Highland Lady Rebels and the Cave City Cavemen, made early exits from the tournament to finish their seasons.
In the end, the Regional championship trophies headed to Jonesboro with the Valley View Lady Blazers and the Westside Warriors.
Wednesday, Feb. 22: All four number one-seeds advanced in the tournament and, by doing so, gained themselves at least a game in the state tournament.
Southside Batesville, from the 2-4A Conference, started out the night defeating the Highland Lady Rebels, 52-25. The Lady Southerners hit nine 3-pointers in the game and held Highland, the four seed from the 3-4A Conference, to 10 for 42 from the field.
In possibly the best game of the night, it took a comeback effort from the Panthers to defeat Brookland, 48-46, in night's second game. 2-4A member Heber Springs was down by eight in the second half, but whittled away at the Bearcats lead.
In a tale of two halves, the 3-4A one seed Lady Blazers almost had an embarrassing loss after building a 24 point halftime lead, but squeaked out a 48-42 first round win over Clinton. Valley View led 30-6 at halftime and 41-26 after three. They would need crucial free throws at the end of the game to defeat the Lady Yellowjackets.
In the nightcap, Osceola, the 3-4A one seed, was just a little too quick for the Cavemen earning a 73-66 first round victory. Cave City led 17-14 after one, but was down 30-23 at halftime. The game ended with a free throw shooting contest with Osceola shooting 14-of-19 to outscore the Cavemen, who shot 13-17 from the charity stripe.
Thursday, Feb. 23: It is a night for the middle seeds, two versus three, and the tournament gets its first upset. The winners advance to the state tournament.
Pocahontas went undefeated in conference play, but the Lady Redskins lost in the 3-4A District Tourney to Valley View and struggled against Marianna on Thursday. The Lady Trojans had a 53-52 advantage in the fourth, but Pocahontas pulled out a 71-65 win.
Although not as dominate without Razorback Hunter Mickelson, Westside earned their third straight trip to the state tourney with a win over Lonoke, 48-34, in the night's second game.
Lady Bearcats' Maddie Belk went to the free throw line by herself with no time left in the game and sank her first shot to give Brookland a 54-53 overtime win against Heber Springs. Three seed Brookland was the lowest seed to advance out of the first round.
Marianna, the two seed from the 2-4A conference, led at the end of every quarter against Valley View for a 63-59 win. The Blazers' Chris Metcalf knocked down 29 points to keep Valley View close.
Friday, Feb. 24: Southside started the semi-final action with a decisive 47-36 win over Pocahontas. The Lady Redskins led 11-8 after one, but the Lady Southerners held Pocahontas to three points in the second.
Westside's game was nip and tuck the entire way against Heber Springs, and the Warriors needed overtime to beat the Panthers 60-51.
Heber Springs led 10-9 after one, and 33-32 after the third period. The game was tied at 48-all at the end of regulation.
They say it's hard to beat a team three times in row, but Valley View beat Brookland for a fourth time this season, 52-45. The Lady Bearcats were up on Valley View 26-19 at halftime, but the Lady Blazers led 35-33 after three.
Marianna stopped Osceola's consecutive win streak at 17 with a 68-66 victory in a fast paced game that nearly came to blows in the fourth quarter after a hard foul by a Seminole on a Marianna layup.
The Trojans led after each period. The Seminoles were down nine after the first period, six at halftime, and the score was 46-40 at the end of three quarters.
Saturday, Feb. 25: Pocahontas withstood a Lady Bearcats comeback attempt and locked up the three seed in the state tournament with a 44-37 win over Brookland.
The Lady Redskins led 13-6 after one, 25-17 at halftime and 38-23 at the end of three periods.
In a shooting frenzy that produced a 30-28 fourth quarter, Heber Springs couldn't outshoot Osceola to get a win. The Seminoles, who trailed 15-10 after the first quarter, earned the three seed with a 80-72 victory in the battle of regional one seeds.
Southside could never get a run or any momentum, and the Lady Blazers did just a little better than the Lady Southerners in the first three quarters to give Valley View a 55-48 win and a regional plaque to go with their district tournament trophy. The Lady Blazers led 25-17 at halftime.
Westside plays just five players. A sixth player gets about a minute each half. Marianna likes to run the court.
The Warriors withstood the fast pace and got a one seed in the state tournament with a 58-44 win over the Trojans of Lee County. Westside led 18-14 at halftime and just 35-34 after three periods.