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Tournament title hopes return with shift in tourney schedule

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY/dewayne@mcnews.online

Caddo Hills will get the chance to win a 7-2A District Tournament crown this week thanks to the Arkansas Activities Association’s (AAA) decision to reschedule all basketball post season tournaments by one week.

The decision allows conferences who did not cancel their district tournaments an opportunity to play this week with regional tournaments set to begin the first week of March.

According to a statement released by the AAA they have rescheduled the regional basketball tournaments to March 3-6, state tournaments to March 8-25, and the finals to March 18-20.

The move back a week allows conferences an opportunity to finish their regular seasons and tournaments. They cited the large number of COVID-19 cancellations during the regular season as a motivating factor behind their decision. They added that a conference tournament may be needed for correct seeding into the regional and state tournaments.

Schools and conferences will need to check the updated deadlines for submitting their final seeds to the AAA. The AAA is committed to finding the most equitable solution when dealing with COVID-19 related no-contest and with unprecedented weather conditions that prevent the timely completion of the season.

Caddo Hills is the only Montgomery County school set to play in a district tournament. They are members of the 7-2A Conference. The higher seed teams will host each tournament game. Caddo Hills girls finished fourth in their conference and will play Tuesday at home at 6 p.m. The boys finished second in the conference and will play Friday at home at 6 p.m. The school has shared on their Facebook page that if both teams are playing the same night in different locations they will try to adjust schedules to allow fans to attend both games if possible.

Mount Ida and Oden are both in the 7-1A Conference which chose to not have a district tournament this season. Due to this decision, The Oden Timberwolves and Lady Timberwolves will not advance to the regional tournament.

The Mount Ida Lady Lions finished the 2020-21 season in third place in the conference and will advance to the 1A Region 4 Tournament to be held in Emerson.

The Mount Ida Lions still have a game with Mineral Springs to play, but currently sit in fourth place. They too will advance to the 1A Region 4 Tournament to be held in Emerson.

 

New Tournament Dates

Regional Tournament Dates:

1A, 2A, 3A, & 4A – March 3-6

 

State Tournament Dates:

1A, 2A, 3A, and 5A – March 8-15

4A and 6A – March 9-13

 

State Basketball Finals:

March 18-20

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