Games for local 5A-6A teams set


The playoff destinations for six 6A and 5A basketball teams in Southeast Arkansas have been determined.

Watson Chapel is hosting the 5A state tournaments at the Pine Bluff Convention Center from Tuesday-next Saturday. Watson Chapel will play the first boys game of the tournament at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday against Beebe, the 5A-East Conference champion.

That game will be followed by 5A-South champion Watson Chapel taking on Nettleton in girls action at 4 p.m.

The WC boys qualified for state with a 65-43 win at Hot Springs on Tuesday. That gave the Wildcats (13-12) the fourth and final seed from the 5A-South.

The Lady Wildcats (20-6) are coming off their second undefeated conference slate in three years and looking for their fourth state championship since 2008.

White Hall’s hopes for a spot in the 5A girls tournament ended Thursday night when De Queen defeated Hope to avoid a three-way tie with White Hall and Hot Springs Lakeside. It is believed White Hall would have earned the fourth seed via a tiebreaker based on points.

The White Hall boys team’s season ended Tuesday.

In 6A, where each team advances to state regardless of conference finish, the Pine Bluff girls will take on either Marion or Jonesboro at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Greenwood. Pine Bluff (23-5), the 7A/6A-South runner-up, goes into the tournament as the 2-seed in the South. Marion and Jonesboro were tied for the 6-seed in the East.

Sheridan (15-9) finished fourth in the South, but its seed in the tournament wasn’t determined as of Friday afternoon. If Sheridan is seeded fourth, it will play Searcy at 4 p.m. Wednesday. If Siloam Springs beat Rogers Heritage on Friday to take the 4-seed, Sheridan will move to the 5-seed and play host Greenwood at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Pine Bluff’s boys team (13-10), seeded third in the South, will take on Mountain Home, the 6-seed in the East, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Greenwood.

Sheridan’s boys (15-14) will have a tough first-round assignment in that tournament. The 7-seed Yellowjackets will play either Jonesboro or Little Rock Parkview at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. But if Pine Bluff and Sheridan can their first-rounders, they’ll face off at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinal round.

The official state brackets on the Arkansas Activities Association’s website were not completed due to remaining regular-season games Friday.