Basketball makes up much of the local Thursday basketball program as three of Mountain Home’s high school teams return to the home court for an outing with West Memphis West. The eighth grade boys’ game begins at 5, followed by the two freshman contests.

Elsewhere in the high school level, Cotter hosts Viola, Salem travels to Mountain View, and Melbourne entertains Hoxie.

The Norfork High School girls will be across the state line for their opening at the Nixa Invitational Tournament. The Lady Panthers meet the host Lady Eagles at 7:30.

Bakersfield will compete in the championship game of the Houston Community Foundation Men’s Basketball Tournament. The top-seeded Lions face Couch at 8.

The Mammoth Spring girls will play for the Thayer Winter Classic title. The top-seeded Lady Bears take on the host Lady Bobcats at 8.

In another high school basketball, the Gainesville girls are at home against Mansfield, and the Dora girls make the trip to Mountain Grove.

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