MSHSAA has made an adjustment to the Class 4 & 5 state basketball schedule the weekend of Mar. 21 in anticipation of the Missouri State Lady Bears potentially being in line to host NCAA First & Second Round tournament games that weekend.
Originally, the Class 4 & 5 state basketball tournament was to be played over two days on Friday, Mar. 20 and Saturday, Mar. 21. Those are also the same two days as the first round of the NCAA Women’s basketball tournament.
The Class 4 state basketball tournament will now start on Thursday, Mar. 19 with four semifinal games according to MSHSAA Communications Director Jason West. The full updated schedule is at the bottom of this article.
If the Lady Bears host, all Class 4 & 5 semifinal and placement games will take place in Hammons Student Center.
If the Lady Bears host, Friday will feature eight games at Hammons Student Center. If the Lady Bears do not host, six games will take place at JQH and two (the Class 4 third place games) will take place at Hammons Student Center.
Saturday will be the Class 5 place games at either Hammons Student Center if the Lady Bears are hosting or JQH if they are not.
The Missouri State Women’s basketball program is currently 13-3 overall and No. 3 in the RPI. The top 16 seeds (all 1 through 4 seeds) get the opportunity to host first (round of 64) and second (round of 32) games.
COMPLETE UPDATED SCHEDULE
JQH or HAMMONS STUDENT CENTER
Session 1A: Thursday, March 19, Class 4
1:00 p.m. – Girls Semifinal (Class 4)
2:45 p.m. – Girls Semifinal (Class 4)
4:00 p.m. – Boys Semifinal (Class 4)
5:45 p.m. – Boys Semifinal (Class 4)
JQH/*HAMMONS STUDENT CENTER
Session 1B: Friday, March 20, Classes 4 & 5
9:00/11:00 a.m.* – Boys Third Place (Class 4)
10:50 a.m./12:50 p.m.* – Girls Third Place (Class 4)
12:40 p.m. – Gils Championship (Class 4)
2:30 p.m. – Boys Championship (Class 4)
4:20 p.m. – Girls Semifinal (Class 5)
6:05 p.m. – Girls Semifinal (Class 5)
7:50 p.m. – Boys Semifinal (Class 5)
9:35 p.m. – Boys Semifinal (Class 5)
JQH ARENA or HAMMONS STUDENT CENTER
Session 2A: Saturday, March 21, Classes 4 & 5
11:00 a.m. – Girls Third Place (Class 5)
12:50 p.m. – Boys Third Place (Class 5)
2:40 p.m. – Girls Championship (Class 5)
4:30 p.m. – Boys Championship (Class 5)
*If all games are to be played at Hammons Student Center, the first time listed will be used. If JQH Arena is available, the two third place games on Friday will be played in Hammons Student Center beginning at 11:00 a.m.