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Thursday was a day of split decisions in Bossier Parish middle school boys district basketball action.

Rusheon, Cope and Benton were victorious in eighth-grade games. Elm Grove, Haughton and Greenacres triumphed in seventh-grade games.

In eighth-grade games, Rusheon downed Haughton 57-21, Cope got past Elm Grove 37-34 and Benton slipped past Greenacres 35-31.

In seventh-grade games, Elm Grove eased past Cope 33-27, Haughton dropped Rusheon 51-30 and Greenacres defeated Benton 46-30.

At Haughton, Ja’Nyron Rogers tossed in 13 points and Deandre Thomas scored 11 to lead the Rusheon eighth-grade team to the victory.

Haughton got six points from Eric Rost and five from James Rose.

D’Marcus Hall and Kevin Hill scored 13 points each to lead the Bucs seventh-grade squad to the victory. Keyshawn Davis added eight points for Haughton, which overcame an early seven-point deficit.

Jalkeldrick Thomas and Kedrick Henderson led Rusheon with 10 and eight points, respectively. Jerry Anderson added four.

At Greenacres, Johntavious Johnson pumped in 14 points for the victorious Benton eighth-graders. Bubba Osby and Ethan Yarbrough scored eight each.

Fred Lemons had a big game for the Mustangs with 19 points.

Malcolm Britt poured in 23 points to lead the Greenacres seventh-grade squad to the victory. Britt scored 17 in the second half, including 11 in the third quarter alone. Jayden Mosley and Max Washburn combined for 13.

T. Butler led Benton with 14 points. L. Yellott hit three 3-pointers and scored 12.

At Elm Grove, Tarae Robinson led the Cope eighth-graders with 15 points, and Kaalas Roots added 10. The Cougars were 12 of 18 from the free-throw line.

Nic Cannon and Amani Larry led the Eagles with 10 points each.

The Elm Grove seventh-grade squad outscored Cope 17-7 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. Samorii Dooley topped the Eagles with 13 points. Tobias Boone chipped in with six.

Jamal Johnson paced Cope with seven points. Brandon Marshall and Thomas Wilson added six each.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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Benton swept North DeSoto in District 1-4A boys and girls basketball games Thursday night at Benton.

The Lady Tigers won 64-48 and the Tigers won 54-51.

Senior post player Gabby Jackson, a Northwestern State signee, led the Lady Tigers with 22 points. Yakina Manning added 14 and Brandy Harris 10.

It was Benton’s second straight victory. The Lady Tigers improved to 9-15 overall and 3-3 in 1-4A.

The boys game was close all the way. William Givens scored inside off a feed from Josh Scherer with about a second left in the third quarter to give the Tigers a 40-39 lead.

The lead changed hands several times early in the fourth quarter until the Tigers finally got the upper hand. Givens hit two free throws with 32.7 seconds left to give Benton a five-point cushion.

The Griffins had a chance to cut it to three with 9.7 seconds left but made just one of two free throws. The Tigers hit two free throws and the Griffins made a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.

Givens led the Tigers with 15 points. Jessie Little added 13 and Josh Scherer nine.

Benton improved to 7-14 overall and 2-4 in 1-4A.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs threw a scare into three-time defending NJCAA Division I national champion Trinity Valley Community College before falling 75-64 Wednesday night at BPCC.

BPCC trailed just 53-50 with about 10 minutes left in the game, but the Lady Cavs went cold and TVCC went on a 13-3 run over the next four minutes to take control.

BPCC fell to 14-8 overall and 7-5 in Region XIV. Trinity Valley, ranked No. 2 in the nation, improved to 19-1 and 11-0.

Keanna Rainwater, a 5-foot-11 freshman from Saline, led BPCC with 15 points. Former Byrd standout Diamond Willis added 11. Andreanna Johnson and Charity Robinson scored eight each.

Dajhae Mullins, a 5-11 freshman from Chicago, led TVCC with 16 points. Kami Mickens, a 5-7 sophomore from Dallas, scored 15.

The Lady Cards hit eight 3-pointers to four for BPCC.

Trinity Valley has won nine national championships. BPCC is just in the second year of its program.

BPCC returns to action Saturday against Paris JC at 2 p.m. in Paris, Texas.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Parkway Panthers, Airline Vikings, Bossier Bearkats and Plain Dealing Lions won district boys basketball games Tuesday night.

Parkway routed District 1-5A co-defending champion Captain Shreve 83-59 at Shreve. Airline broke open a close game in the second half en route to a 87-62 1-5A win over Haughton at Haughton.

Bossier pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 59-51 District 1-3A victory over North Webster at Bossier.

Plain Dealing knocked off Haynesville 61-45 in a District 1-1A game in Plain Dealing.

Elsewhere, Benton made a couple of runs at Huntington before falling 62-56 in a District 1-4A game at Benton.

At Captain Shreve, the Panthers jumped on Shreve early and led 26-12 after a quarter. They never let their foot off the gas and held a commanding 73-35 lead over the Bossier Invitational champions going into the fourth quarter.

Niki Edwards led four Parkway players in double figures with 21 points in what coach Mike Guess called a “terrific team effort.” Trey Rogers scored well above his season average with 18 points. Artavious Lynn added 15 and William McKnight 10.

Parkway improved to 18-7 overall and 3-1 in 1-5A, a game behind Byrd. The Panthers and Jackets face off Friday night at Parkway.

At Haughton, Airline led by just five at the half and then dominated the final two quarters to record its ninth victory of the season. KJ Bilbo and Noah Hildebrand led the Vikings with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Jacob Guest and Robby Dooley scored 10 each.

At Bossier, Larry Robinson poured in 20 points to lift Bossier to its 64th straight district victory. Robinson was 11 of 13 from the free throw line, including five of six in the fourth quarter.

Bossier’s Tyrese English hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points. Kentrell Hardy added nine.

The Bearkats improved to 11-10 overall and 4-0 in 1-3A. They finish the first half of district play Friday night at second-place Evangel (18-8, 3-1).

At Plain Dealing, Chiner Long pumped in 15 points and had 10 assists in the Lions’ victory. Keldrick Carper continued his outstanding season with 17 points. Isaac Jacobs added 11.

Plain Dealing improved to 13-9 overall and 4-1 in 1-1A. The Lions trail Arcadia by a game after the first half of district play.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Haughton Lady Bucs won a 59-57 overtime thriller over the Airline Lady Vikings on Tuesday night at Haughton.

Ebone’ Green scored the winning basket with about 1 second left. She drove the length of the court after an Airline miss and put up the shot underneath the basket.

Madison Rowland hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Vikings a 57-54 lead with 31.4 seconds left. Haley Myers answered with a 3-pointer with about 20 seconds left.

Airline’s Kei McCoy drove to the basket and barely missed a layup. Airline also just missed a follow and Green went coast-to-coast for the win.

McCoy was outstanding in overtime and throughout the game. She led Airline with 21 points, including seven in OT. She also hit a 3-pointer with 6.8 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Haughton led 24-16 late in the second quarter, but Airline went on a 16-4 run to grab the lead midway through the third. The game remained close the rest of the way.

Green led the Lady Bucs with 16 points, including four straight free throws down the stretch in regulation. Bethany Knotts scored 11. She hit a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and a free throw to give Haughton the three-point lead near the end of regulation.

Chelcy Swint added eight points for Haughton and was a force on the boards.

Rowland hit four 3-pointers, including a big one in the fourth quarter, and finished with 12 points. Tish Reney also scored 12 points. She hit a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to give Airline a 35-32 lead.

Haughton improved to 16-5 overall and 4-1 in 1-5A. The Lady Bucs are tied with Southwood for first going into the second round of district play.

Airline (16-6, 3-2) is just one game behind the leaders.

Elsewhere Tuesday, Benton routed Huntington 76-25 in a District 1-4A game at Benton. Bossier rolled past North Webster 65-24 in a District 1-3A game at Bossier. Plain Dealing dropped Haynesville 51-39 in a District 1-1A game and Haynesville.

Parkway dropped a 44-39 decision to Captain Shreve in a District 1-5A game at Shreve.

At Benton, Gabby Jackson scored 22 points to lead the Lady Tigers to their seventh win of the season. Brandy Harris added 14 points and Lele Carper 10.

At Bossier, Shermicheal Johnson and Gabbie Mason scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, to lift the Lady Kats to the victory. Eight other Bossier players scored in the rout.

Bossier (11-14, 4-2) is tied for second with Evangel in 1-3A.

Plain Dealing improved to 12-8 overall and 3-1 in 1-1A with the victory over Haynesville.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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The Benton Tigers won the District 1, Division II boys soccer title with a 3-1 victory over North DeSoto on Thursday night at Tinsley Park.

The Tigers improved to 12-5-2 overall and 7-1 in district play. Benton finished a half-game of defending champion Loyola.

The Tigers and Flyers split games during the regular season. Loyola won 3-2 on Dec. 8. Benton avenged that loss with a 6-1 victory on Jan. 15.

Ethan Parks had one goal and one assist in the win over North DeSoto. Daniel Valcho and Will Sanguinetti scored one goal each. Dylan Grimes and Carter Parks had one assist each.

Benton plays West Ouachita Wednesday night at Tinsley Park and then has two more non-district games before the Division II playoffs start next month. The Tigers will likely host a first-round game.

Elsewhere Tuesday, Parkway downed St. Frederick 2-1 in a non-district game at Tinsley.

Austin Coco scored both goals for the Panthers (10-6-2, 5-5), and Kade Wilcher had an assist.

Airline defeated Haughton 9-0 in a District 1-I girls game.

Madi Walter had a hat trick for the Lady Vikings (8-9-1, 5-5-1). Haylie Travis scored two goals. Anna Grace Barkley, Savannah Howell and Mandy Sparkman scored one apiece. Barkley, Sparkman and Travis all had assists.

Airline also defeated Haughton 8-0 in the boys game.

Gin Pau scored four goals for the Vikings (12-8, 6-4), giving him 30 for the season. Kham Nang had two goals. Keaton Love also scored. Pau and Gabe Rodriguez had two assists each.

Benton defeated Bossier 5-0 in a non-district game. The Lady Tigers improved to 9-6.

The Parkway Lady Panthers have a big game Wednesday night at district leader Byrd. Parkway is 15-9-3 overall and 8-1 in district. Byrd is 16-1-3 and 11-0.

With a victory, Parkway will pull into a tie for first with the Lady Jackets in the loss column

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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High school soccer’s regular season has entered its final week.
Only the Benton boys and Parkway girls are virtual shoo-ins to make the playoffs.
Both also have chances to win or share district titles.
Benton, which is scheduled to wrap up District 1-II play against North DeSoto Tuesday night, was fifth in the latest unofficial power rankings and should host a first-round game.
Parkway, which improved to 8-1 in district Monday with a 6-0 victory over Haughton, plays at Byrd tonight with a chance to move into a tie for the District 1-I lead.
Mackenzie Kleinpeter scored three goals in the Lady Panthers’ victory over Haughton. Morgan Provost, Liz Knight and Madison Mitchell also scored. Miranda Scotten had two assists.
Also Monday, Airline rallied for a 2-1 victory over Byrd in a boys District 1-I game.
Gabe Rodriguez scored the game-tying goal and Gin Pau scored with about 10 minutes left to win it.
Parkway downed Haughton 4-0 in another 1-I game.
In a Division 1-II girls game, Benton knocked of Minden 4-0 at Minden. Freshman Braylin Shaffer had a hat trick. Jenny Cox also scored.
At No. 21 in last week’s power rankings, Benton has a shot at making the playoffs.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com