Izard County’s senior high teams punched their tickets to the Class 1A State Tournament with blowout victories in the first round of the 1A Region 2 Tournament on Wednesday night at Hillcrest Elementary School in Lynn.
The No. 1 seed Lady Cougars rolled to a 74-20 victory over the Maynard Lady Tigers, the No. 4 team from the 1A-3 East.
The Lady Cougars (32-7) led just 10-7 after one quarter, but took a 31-10 advantage at the half and a 59-15 lead after three.
Freshman Jen King led Izard County with 22 points, and Lauren Jones and Kennedy Cooper added 14 apiece. Brittanie Cline led Maynard (11-21) with 10 points.
The Cougars also rolled to an easy victory, defeating Ridgefield Christian 80-38 as Andrew Walker tossed in 23 points.
No. 1 seed Izard County (31-8) led 34-8 after one quarter, 52-16 at the half and 74-29 after three quarters.
Michael Gleghorn added 15 points and Jake Everett added six for the Cougars. Mason Griffin led the No. 4 seed Warriors (6-27) with 15 points.
The Cougars will play the Hughes Blue Devils at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.
The Lady Cougars will play the Viola Lady Longhorns at 4 p.m. on Friday.
The Calico Rock Lady Pirates were poised to spring an upset in the opening round, but fell 50-46 to the Bay Lady Yellowjackets.
Bay led 17-11 after one quarter, 32-24 at the half and 39-35 after three. The Lady Pirates rallied within one point in the final minute of the game.
Kelsey Fry paced No. 4-seeded Calico Rock (14-18) with 13 points and Katie Hamby added 12. Katie Ferguson poured in 33 points to lead Bay.
The Pirates — also a No. 4 seed — fell 60-31 to Class 1A’s top-ranked team, the Bay Yellowjackets.
Bay (33-5) led just 15-14 after one quarter, but opened up a 35-23 lead at halftime and a 54-28 cushion after a 19-5 third-quarter advantage.
Bryan Parnell paced Calico Rock with 15 points. Bay was led by Colton Watson with 19 points, while Tyler Pritchett and Jonathan Crain added 12 and 11, respectively.
The Yellowjackets will face Thursday’s Norfork-Armorel winner at 8:30 p.m. Friday, while the Lady Yellowjackets will face the Norfork-Hughes winner at 7 p.m. Friday.