AAA postpones state tourney games

NOTE: Updated to reflect that the Sheridan girls team will play Thursday.

The Arkansas Activities Association has postponed the slate of state high school basketball tournament games by one day in classes 6A, 5A, 3A, 2A and 1A. Games in classes 7A and 4A will remain as scheduled.

The decision was made as a result of winter weather, which has left the state covered with snow or ice.

“The decision was based on a safety issue,” AAA executive director Lance Taylor said in a statement Monday. “We wanted to make sure that everyone could travel to our state locations without hazardous driving conditions. The weather conditions are not favorable to travel on Tuesday, and warmer temperatures are expected for the rest of the week.”

The postponement means the semifinals in 6A, 5A, 3A, 2A and 1A will be played on Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m. Playoff times for all other games will remain as scheduled.

The state finals will be held March 13-15 at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.

The updated schedule of first-round games involving local teams:

• Class 6A boys (at Jonesboro High): Pine Bluff vs. Mountain Home, 2:30 p.m. Thursday; Little Rock Hall vs. Sheridan, 5:30 p.m. Friday;

• Class 6A girls (at Jonesboro High): Little Rock Parkview vs. Sheridan, 4 p.m. Thursday; Pine Bluff vs. Marion, 7 p.m. Thursday;

• Class 5A boys (at Alma): Watson Chapel vs. Little Rock McClellan, 8:30 p.m. Thursday;

• Class 5A girls (at Alma): Little Rock Christian vs. Watson Chapel, 4 p.m. Thursday; White Hall vs. Jacksonville, 7 p.m. Thursday;

• Class 4A boys (at Lonoke): Nashville vs. Stuttgart, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; Dollarway vs. Prairie Grove, 2:30 p.m. Thursday;

• Class 4A girls (at Lonoke): Star City vs. Lonoke, 4 p.m. Wednesday;

• Class 3A boys (at Charleston): McGehee vs. Harding Academy, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; Fordyce vs. Benton Harmony Grove, 2:30 p.m. Friday; Mayflower vs. Drew Central, 5:30 p.m. Friday;

• Class 3A girls (at Charleston): Fordyce vs. Harding Academy, 4 p.m. Wednesday; McGehee vs. eStem, 1 p.m. Friday.