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El Dorado to face Lake Hamilton at conference tournament

by Tony Burns | February 17, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

El Dorado was scheduled to begin a series of do-or-die games on Tuesday against Lake Hamilton at Wildcat Arena. The weather changed the Wildcats’ fate with Tuesday’s and Friday’s games wiped out by the snow.

The 5A-South Conference Tournament will be held next week and fifth-seeded El Dorado will travel to No. 4 Lake Hamilton with a berth in the 5A State Tournament on the line.

El Dorado coach Jimmy Porter is pleased with the new scenario.

“I think it’s a good thing. It gives us another chance to win a conference championship. The winner of the tournament is going to be the conference champion,” said Porter.

“I feel good about playing Lake Hamilton at Lake Hamilton. We lost to them the last time by seven at their place. Did not have a chance to play them here but when we played them at their place, we didn’t have Isaiah Ramey. He’s a big part of what we do.

“The biggest unknown is the fact they’ll be moving up their freshmen. They’ve got two freshmen that are really good. They’ll have those guys. At the same time, they haven’t seen us with Ramey, yet. I think it’s going to be a good matchup.”

The Wildcats still have a tune-up game scheduled on Saturday.

They are planning to host Sheridan for Senior Night at Wildcat Arena. The game won’t count in the conference standings.

“The weather is supposed to be clear by then,” said Porter. “There’s supposed to be some more snow Wednesday. If it doesn’t kill us too bad and the sun can get everything melted, we’re definitely going to be playing on Saturday.”

Saturday’s action tips off at 5 p.m. with JV boys, followed by varsity girls at 6 and varsity boys at approximately 7:30 p.m. It will be the final home game for El Dorado’s varsity boys.

“Lord willing and the weather drops off, we’ll have tickets online,” said Porter. “It’d be nice to get it packed. It’ll be Senior Night so we would expect a good crowd.”

The Lady Wildcats will enter the conference tournament as the No. 4 seed and will host Hot Springs on Monday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.

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