EPC basketball roundup
The Warriors and Lady Warriors of East Poinsett County saw their respective matchups with Cross County, scheduled for Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, dropped due to scheduling requirements following the tumultuous winter season. Currently, both squads are preparing for their entries into the 2A-3 District Tournament, now underway at Caraway.
The Warriors, tops in class 2A with a record of 24-3 and conference 2A-3 with a 15-0 mark, received a bye to the district semifinals. EPC is slated to face either Marmaduke or Riverside, who were to square off Wednesday night, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. With a victory, the favored Warriors would advance to the championship at 7:30 p.m. Friday, facing Rector or the winner of the Wednesday's Cross County/BIC quarterfinal.
By winning the regular season conference crown, the Warriors were awarded the top spot in the district tourney, not only receiving a bye to the semifinals, but getting the all-important automatic bid for the regional tournament, set to begin Feb. 23 in Marmaduke.
"We're excited," coach Josh Hill said of the postseason. "We've played all these teams a least twice now. We're just going to take it one game at a time. This is the time of the year we've been waiting for."
The Lady Warriors are also atop the rankings in class 2A and conference 2A-3. The girls finished the regular season with an overall record of 22-4 and were 15-1 in conference play. EPC earned a bye to the semifinals. The Lady Warriors will face the winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal between Rector and Marked Tree at 7 p.m. today (Thursday). With a win, EPC would advance to the 6 p.m. Friday final to face BIC or the winner of Marmaduke/Walnut Ridge.
EPC has already punched their ticket for the regional tourney, securing a spot in the event at Marmaduke regardless of their district outcome.
The Lady Warriors have done well against talented competition the entire season.
"Our league has been real competitive all year long," coach Bobby Lewallen said. "You can't go out there and have a bad game or somebody's going to beat you. We've gone out every night and tried to make each game our best one yet. We've been looking forward to getting started in the district and in the regional tournament. This is what we've played for all year."