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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Class 3A State Basketball Tournament to Be Held This Week in Charleston

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After all of the practices, the holiday tournaments, the long bus trips, and the many season and post-season games, it all boils down to this week and the Class 3A state tournament. This is the final week of basketball as the top teams in boys and girls 3A basketball will meet in Charleston to decide who will play in this year’s state championship finals. State tournament play will begin tomorrow and will go through Saturday. The boys and girls state championship games will be held on Friday, March 13, in Hot Springs at Bank OZK Arena.

The host school will have one team in the state tournament, the Charleston Lady Tigers. The Lady Tigers are a #3 seed in the tournament, and their first game will be on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. versus Centerpoint. The Lady Tigers will be going for a potential rematch with Mountain View, possibly in the semifinals with the right to go to Hot Springs for the final. But for now, there is a lot of basketball to be played. And at tournament time, you never know who is going to play their best at the right time to advance in the tournament.

The opening game of the tournament will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 with Hoxie taking on Little Rock Episcopal.

To view or download a copy of the girls 3A state championship tournament brackets, click here to be redirected to Max Preps.

On the boys’ side of the brackets, Valley Springs is also a one seed in the tournament, making it a possibility for the state girls and boys final to be an all Valley Springs affair. Boys play will open on Tuesday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m. when Rivercrest and Jessieville open the tournament with what should be a great game.

To view or download a copy of the boys 3A state championship tournament brackets, click here to be redirected to Max Preps.

For our readers, here is a preview of the tournament fields for this years boys and girls state tournament.

2020 Boys Class 3A State Tournament Field

Bald Knob Bulldogs

Coach: Matt Ragsdale

18-11 Overall, 12-4 Conference

Little Rock Baptist Prep Eagles

Coach: Steve Miller

23-9 Overall, 12-2 Conference

Bergman Panthers

Coach: Bo Martin

32-8 Overall, 9-3 Conference

West Helena Central Cougars

Coach: Kevin Pringle

19-10 Overall, 9-5 Conference

Clinton Yellowjackets

Coach: Cole Gardner

21-9 Overall, 10-2 Conference

Monticello Drew Central Pirates

Coach: C.J. Watson

18-12 Overall, 8-6 Conference

Dumas Bobcats

Coach: Larry Harris

24-3 Overall, 14-0 Conference

Elkins Elks

Coach: Jared Porter

28-4 Overall, 12-2 Conference

Little Rock Episcopal Wildcats

Coach: Brandon Friedel

20-11 Overall, 10-4 Conference

Gosnell Pirates

Coach: Kirk Glintborg

19-12 Overall, 11-5 Conference

Jessieville Lions

Coach: Jared White

18-13 Overall, 8-6 Conference

Mayflower Eagles

Coach: Brent Stallings

21-9 Overall, 10-4 Conference

Osceola Seminoles

Coach: Vernon Wilson

16-7 Overall, 12-4 Conference

Prescott Curley Wolves

Coach: Beau Brickell

18-4 Overall, 11-1 Conference

Rivercrest Colts

Coach: Hunter Robinson

21-8 Overall, 12-4 Conference

Valley Springs Tigers

Coach: Blake Hanney

35-3 Overall, 11-1 Conference

Girls Class 3A State Tournament Field:

Ashdown Panthers

Coach: Beau Tillery

17-12 Overall, 7-5 Conference

Little Rock Central Arkansas Christian Academy (CAC)

Coach: Steve Quattlebaum

26-6 Overall, 12-2 Conference

Centerpoint Knights

Coach: John Bright

23-6 Overall, 10-2 Conference

West Helena Central Cougars

Coach: Kevin Pringle

23-5 Overall, 12-2 Conference

Charleston Tigers

Coach: Jason Rucker

27-3 Overall, 14-0 Conference

Little Rock Episcopal Wildcats

Coach: Micah Marsh

23-8 Overall, 12-2 Conference

Fouke Panthers

Coach: Richard Williams

21-10 Overall, 9-5 Conference

Searcy Harding Academy Wildcats

Coach: Rusty Garner

28-4 Overall, 16-0 Conference

Hoxie Mustangs

Coach: Scott Brown

27-3 Overall, 16-0 Conference

Lamar Warriors

Coach: Brandon Schluterman

29-3 Overall, 14-0 Conference

Mayflower Eagles

Coach: Coty Storms

22-9 Overall, 9-6 Conference

Mountain View Yellowjackets

Coach: Casey Scribner

24-5 Overall, 11-1 Conference

Rose Bud Ramblers

Coach: Bradley Moss

19-11 Overall, 8-4 Conference

Walnut Ridge Bobcats

Coach: Michael Halbrook

22-7 Overall, 14-2 Conference

Valley Springs Tigers

Coach: Ryan Johnson

33-7 Overall, 7-5 Conference

Both boys and girls fields are loaded with heavyweights who have dominated their overall and conference seasons. As it is often times in the state tournament, a favorite might disappoint and not play well, and a team that is thought of not to have much of a chance in the tournament will get hot and upset at least one “favored” opponent in the tournament. One thing is for sure, each team in the tournament better be ready to play and give it everything they have, because there are simply no weak teams on either side of the tournament.

Area fans have a great opportunity to drive to Charleston and watch some high quality basketball this week. And for Charleston fans, your Lady Tigers are playing for a chance to be in the state final in Hot Springs next week. Charleston needs to have the home court advantage all week when they take the floor in their quest for a state title. Simply put, there needs to be a lot of black and gold in the stands when the Lady Tigers take the floor. Tiger Center needs to be rocking with a lot of noise! Give your team a home court advantage all week, and I am sure the Lady Tigers will respond!

Resident Press wishes all of the teams in this year’s state tournament the best. RP would also like to recognize and thank the Charleston School District for taking on the huge task of hosting the state tournament.

Resident Press will post afternoon and evening updates on all the state tournament sessions throughout the week. Look for RP for the latest on state tournament coverage from Charleston!

See you at the tournament! It’s going to be fun!

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Jim Best
Jim Best
Jim Best is a man of many talents. His storied career in Arkansas education led him to a new passion, and hidden gifts in sports journalism.
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