Badgers Headed to State Tournament


Aaron Weatherford

Arkadelphia’s basketball is entering the 4A state tournament in the 3S seed with their first game in Magnolia.

Badger Basketball made its way back to regionals last weekend in Nashville for a chance to head to the state tournament. After winter weather postponed the tournament back a day, Arkadelphia faced the three seeded Monticello Billies in round one.
The Badgers got out front first before Monticello ended the first half on a last second three point buzzer beater as Monticello took a 26-24 lead at the half. Arkadelphia answered in the third quarter, putting up 10 points and taking a 36-30 lead. The scoring continued into the fourth, and Arkadelphia ended up taking down the Billies 48-36.
The Badgers also moved on and secured a spot in the state tournament. In round two, Arkadelphia was matched up against its toughest opponent of the season, taking on the Magnolia Panthers, who are the number one team in Class 4A.
The Badgers were down one after the first quarter and went into halftime down 32-26. Magnolia, though, exploded in the second half and defeated Arkadelphia 67-32.
After the Badgers’ defeat, there was still another game to be played. The game to decide third and fourth place was played against conference rival Fountain Lake.
The Cobras have had Arkadelphia’s number as of late, beating Arkadelphia twice within a month. This time, the Badgers flipped the script in another hard fought game. Arkadelphia came out on top 33-30, achieving the three seed in the 4A State Tournament.
The Badgers will play in the first round of the state tournament tomorrow night at 8:30 in Magnolia against the three seed from the 4A North. State tournament brackets are available on the Arkansas Activities Association website.