On Wednesday evening, three of the remaining five teams from this area were in action in their respective state tournaments.
The Malvern Leopards, who entered the 4A state tournament in Cave City as the No. 4 seed from the south region, were up against Booneville, the No. 3 seed from the north region.
The Leopards found themselves down 31-24 at the half, but fought back with a furious rally in the third quarter to hold a 45-42 lead going into the final eight minutes.
Booneville rallied to retake the lead, but Malvern was in striking distance, trailing 55-52 with a little less than three minutes to play.
But in the end, it wasn’t to be for the Leopards as Booneville pulled away late for a 63-54 victory.
At the 2A girls state tournament in Marmaduke, the Poyen Lady Indians came in as the No. 2 seed from the east region after falling to Magnet Cove (for the fourth time) in the regional tournament championship game.
Their first round opponent was a completely overmatched Riverside team, which was the No. 3 seed from the north region.
The Lady Indians jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
For the full story, see Thursday's Malvern Daily Record.