It has been almost a decade since White Hall has made the Class 5A state tournament, but the Lady Bulldogs are not happy with just being there.

It has been almost a decade since White Hall has made the Class 5A state tournament, but the Lady Bulldogs are not happy with just being there.

White Hall (15-7, 10-4 in 5A-Southeast), which earned a No. 3 seed, plays No. 2 seed Beebe at 7 tonight in Paragould at Greene County Tech High School. White Hall coach Mike Upshaw is just looking for his team to keep playing its game.

“I just expect our kids to show up and play like they’ve done all year and play hard,” he said. “If they do that, then I think we have a chance at winning on Wednesday.

“We are going to give it our best shot, and if it’s good enough, we will go back on Friday.”

Upshaw did not offer too many keys to beating Beebe other than White Hall playing the same game it has all year and scoring more points than Beebe.

“The biggest thing is just going out and play if they play and take a deep breath and relax,” he said. “If they relax and don’t get overwhelmed and play, I am naive enough to think if we do that, we are capable of winning a ball game.”

Upshaw pointed to White Hall’s tough schedule in preparation for the state tournament. The Lady Bulldogs lost twice to Monticello and twice to Watson Chapel, the two teams that finished ahead of them in the 5A-Southeast Conference.

White Hall also faced off against a couple of 6A schools that are in the state tournament.

“If you look at the teams we got beat by, we’ve lost to some very good teams this year,” Upshaw said. “Every team we have lost to this year, they are playing in the state tournament somewhere.”

White Hall did not just stumble into its first state tournament in nearly a decade, either. Upshaw said the team came in from day one and had their minds set of where the team would end up.

“When the season started, the kids who are the seniors this year, it was their goal to make it to the state tournament,” she said. “They did something that hasn’t been done in a while and won 10 games in the conference this year.

“We haven’t had any problems with egos and it’s been a blessing to have this group and I am just proud of them.”