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Vote: Who should be SBLive Arkansas' team of the week? (11/27/2023)

Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Arkansas High School Team of the Week for Nov. 20-26

Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Arkansas High School Team of the Week

Read through the nominees and cast your vote. Voting will conclude Sunday, Dec. 3, at 11:59 p.m. 

Barton Bears girls basketball

The Lady Bears are off to a great start under new head coach Ryan Koerdt and took home the Dermott Thanksgiving Tournament championship after knocking off Crossett. Da'Mya Wilson was named the tournament MVP after putting up 42 points against Monticello and 43 versus the Lady Eagles in the finals. The sensational sophomore is currently averaging 36.3 points, 10 rebounds and 8 steals per game.

Benton Panthers boys basketball

Benton took down Madison Central (Miss.) and Mills to win the Battle of the Rock Tournament. 2025 four-star prospect Terrion Burgess was named the MVP of the tournament and finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and two steals in the finals. Harrison Pickett, Javarious Russell and Elem Shelby were also named to the All-Tournament team. 

Bentonville Tigers football

Just days shy of a year following a frustrating, lopsided defeat to Bryant in the 7A state finals, Bentonville earned some redemption by taking down the Hornets on their own field and advanced to the state finals to play arch rival Fayetteville. The 52-35 win for the Tigers also ended Bryant's hope of claiming a sixth consecutive state championship. 

England Lions boys basketball 

The Lions remained undefeated on the young season by completing a championship run through Dermott Thanksgiving Tournament, taking down Monticello and host Dermott. Aden Scribner was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and finished with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists in the finals. Trenton Arnold added a double-double, 18 points and 13 rebounds, with six assists, while Jayquan Mays had 14 points with 8 rebounds and 5 assists. 

Jonesboro Hurricane boys basketball

The three-time defending state champions took home the Rumble On The Ridge championship following wins over Tennessee-based Memphis Central, DeSoto Central and finally LaVergne in the finals. CJ Larry was named the tournament MVP while Caleb Crew, Chris Stacy and Myreion Taylor were all named to the All-Tournament first team. Also, head coach Wes Swift also notched his 600th career victory in the win over DeSoto Central. 

Little Rock Christian Warriors football

It was crucial for the Warriors to come up with a stop against Benton and they took advantage of a Panther fumble to punch their first ticket to the state finals since 2020 when they were still a member of Class 5A. LRCA will square off against 6A-West foe Greenwood on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Mammoth Spring Bears girls basketball

The defending 1A state champions were nominated a couple of weeks ago following a win over Class 6A Jonesboro, and they notched two more big victories (with more opportunities ahead) over Class 2A Buffalo Island Central and defending 3A state champ Salem. Brynn Washam led in both games with 22 and 18 points, respectively, while Tay Davis also reached double-digit points in both contests. 

Mansfield Tigers football

As the lowest remaining seed in the playoffs across all classifications, the Tigers are certainly the state's Cinderella story. In consecutive weeks they have traveled essentially across the state and knocked off two unbeaten No. 1 seeds, highlighted by late defensive stands. Mansfield is in the state semifinals for the first time in school history and will travel to Prescott on Friday with a state title berth on the line. 

North Little Rock Charging Wildcats girls basketball 

With victories over West Memphis and Forrest City, the Lady Charging Wildcats claimed the Rumble on the Ride Tournament championship. Kinley Mears was named the tournament's MVP following a 26-point performance, along with four steals and three assists.  

Shiloh Christian Saints football

This squad has been dealt some tough blows at times this season, but seemed to continuously fined their way through it and did so again. Down 35-19 to Pine Bluff at halftime on the road, the Shiloh defense allowed just six points in the second half and the offense came alive to complete the 49-41 comeback. The victory clinched a fifth consecutive state finals berth for the Saints and a rematch from last year with Parkview. 

-- Kyle Sutherland