Clark County Area High School Basketball Action

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Badger Athletics

Senior Guard Marlee Bright
Centerpoint Athletics

The high school basketball season is slowing down as teams are fighting for postseason seeding in their district tournaments, coming up in just under a month. Last Friday, multiple teams from the Clark County Area were in action.
The Arkadelphia basketball squads were among those on the hardwood as they took on 4A-7 opponent the Hope Bobcats. The Lady Badgers have not had the season they had hoped for so far, but they continue to fight for wins, and the fans saw one that night. The Lady Badgers came out on top 54-30 to clinch their second conference win of the season. They now sit at (2-7) in conference play.
The scene was about the same in the men’s game. Like their football team in the fall, the Badgers have made their presence known in Class 4A. Arkadelphia blasted Hope last Friday 84-55, extending their win streak to 19 games in a row. The Badgers are number one in the 4A-7 conference and are also number three in the Arkansas Sports Media Polls.
Up highway seven from Caddo Valley, Bismarck’s basketball squads were taking on 3A-7 member Genoa Central at Holt Gymnasium. After starting out the year 9-3, the Bismarck Lady Lions went 2-6 in the month of January. One of those losses included last Friday’s close 42-37 loss to the Lady Dragons of Genoa Central.
The boys, though, would exact revenge for the girls, beating down Genoa Central 71-44. The boys from Bismarck currently sit at number four in the 3A-7 conference.
Just west of Bismarck sits conference and arch-rival Centerpoint, who was also in a battle with conference member Glen Rose. The Lady Knights, 2021 Class 3A runner-up, took care of business as usual, busting the Lady Beavers 54-25. Centerpoint’s ladies are among one of the best women’s squads in Class 3A, yet again, and sit undefeated in conference play so far.
The boys, however, were just shy of sweeping Glen Rose in the 2022 season. Down by two points in the waning seconds of the game, a short jump shot to tie the game fell out of the rim, giving Glen Rose a 38-36 victory. With that loss, Centerpoint sits just ahead of Bismarck at number three in the 3A-7 conference.
Back down I-30, the Gurdon Go-Devils enjoyed a home game against 2A-8 conference member Hampton. Despite it being a home game, the Go-Devils couldn’t pull out a victory last Friday, falling to Hampton 53-35. The Go-Devils season continues to struggle as they now sit at the bottom of the 2A-8 conference. The smallest school in Clark County was on the road to take on Blevins.
Ouachita’s ladies pulled out a hard-fought 57-50 win against the Lady Hornets. The Lady Warrior’s only conference loss on the season was to Kirby, who sits atop the 1A-7. The boys also enjoyed their ride back home after taking down Blevins 45-36. With that win, the Warriors bump up to number two in the 1A-7 behind the Mineral Springs Hornets.
The postseason race is on.