CHARLESTON —Mansfield had another upset of a top seed right in the their grasp. But this time it slipped away.
No. 4 seeded Mansfield gave top seed Rivercrest a battle to the end before losing 55-50 in overtime as the 3A State Tournament tipped off Thursday.
Mansfield (17-16) led 26-18 at the half but saw Rivercrest slowly chip away through the third quarter. But after a driving layup by Kaylie Pyles with 25 seconds left in regulation, Mansfield led 47-45. But Rivercrest managed to tie the game on an offensive rebound bucket with six seconds left and dominated the extra period.
“(Rivercrest) is a very athletic team and they just wore us down,” Mansfield coach Keith Dake said. “They started going up, around and over us. The were tough to stop.”
Pyles led Mansfield with 24 points and Erin Reano added 14.
Mansfield finished No. 6 out of eight teams in 3A-4 but knocked out No. 3 seed Charleston at district and two-time defending state champion Greenland out of the first round of regionals.
“I think if you would have told anyone we’d get this far when we were halfway through conference play they would have laughed at you,” Dake said. “But there are a lot of seniors on this team and they put their differences aside and rallied together. I’m really proud of what they accomplished because they really played some great basketball at the end of the season.”
Riverview 60, Centerpoint 39
GIRLS — Meg Meachum had 18 points on six 3-pointers to lead Riverview (24-4) to an easy win. The Lady Raiders jumped out with a hot-shooting hand, running out to a 23-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
Little Rock Episcopal 68, Prescott 37
BOYS — One of the teams among the favorites this week, the Wildcats (25-3) did not disappoint in their opening game. Episcopal led 40-20 at the half and 60-28 heading to the fourth quarter.
Mahon Martin led Episcopal with 19 points and Kelvin Robinson added 14.
Harding Academy 44, Fordyce 18
GIRLS — Thanks to a balanced attack and stout defense, Harding Academy (23-8) cruised to an easy win. Harding led 12-3 after one quarter and 23-6 at the half.
Harding was a No. 4 seed from Region 4.
McGehee 61, Harding Academy 53
BOYS — Another of the strong boys contenders found themselves in a tough battle throughout as the No. 1-seeded Owls (20-0) held on to victory.
Stacey Lawson had 23 points and Keonis Henry 16 for McGehee.
Harding Academy led for most the first half and had the game tied going into the final two minutes. But McGehee finished strong for the win by hitting free throws and taking care of the basketball.
Earle 82, Elkins 46
BOYS — Elkins hung around with Earle for about a quarter before the Bulldogs overwhelmed the Elks.
Earle (25-9) was led by 32 points from Dontae Garrett and 16 from Devin Scott. The Bulldogs, a No. 1 seed from Region 3, advanced to play Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the second round.
Elkins (13-12) was making its first trip to the state tournament in more than a decade. Walker Fallen had 16 points and Travis England had 10 for the Elks.
3A State Tournament
Game 1: Riverview 60, Centerpoint 39
Game 3: Harding Academy 44, Fordyce 18
Game 5: Rivercrest 56, Mansfield 50 (OT)
Game 7: Paris vs. Manila, 1 p.m.
Game 9: West Fork vs. Valley Springs, 4 p.m.
Game 11: Melbourne vs. Danville, 7 p.m.
Game 13: McGehee vs. eStem, 11 a.m.
Game 15: Jessieville vs. Genoa Central, 2 p.m.
Game 17: Riverview vs. Game 9 winner, 5 p.m.
Game 19: Harding Academy vs. Game 11 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 21:Rivercrest vs. Game 13 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 23: Game 7 winner vs. Game 15 winner, 7 p.m.
Semifinal: Game 17 winner vs. Game 19 winner, 1 p.m.
Semifinal: Game 21 winner vs. Game 23 winner, 4 p.m.
March 13, 14 or 15
State Championship, TBA
Game 2: Episcopal Collegiate 68, Prescott 37
Game 4: McGehee 61, Harding Academy 53
Game 6: Earle 82, Elkins 46
Game 8: Charleston vs. Valley Springs, 2:30 p.m.
Game 10: West Fork vs. Rivercrest, 5:30 p.m.
Game 12: Melbourne vs. Cedarville, 8:30 p.m.
Game 14: Fordyce vs. Benton Harmony Grove, 12:30 p.m.
Game 16: Mayflower vs. Drew Central, 3:30 p.m.
Game 18: Episcopal Collegiate vs. Game 10 winner, 6:30 p.m.
Game 20: McGehee vs. Game 12 winner, 2:30 p.m.
Game 22: Earle vs. Game 14 Winner, 5:30 p.m.
Game 24: Game 8 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 8:30 p.m.
Semifinal: Game 18 winner vs. Game 20 winner, 2:30 p.m.
Semifinal: Game 22 winner vs. Game 24 winner, 5:30 p.m.
March 13, 14 or 15
State Championship, TBA