The Parkway Panthers used a big fourth quarter to defeat the Byrd Yellow Jackets 55-46 in the boys championship game of the Haughton Jack Clayton Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Haughton.
Trailing 37-35, the Panthers started the final period with a 10-0 run. The Yellow Jackets didn’t score for the first five minutes of the quarter, finally hitting two free throws to cut the Panthers lead to six.
It never got closer after that. All told, Parkway outscored Byrd 20-9 in the fourth.
Terrace Marshall Jr. scored seven of his game-high 25 points in the quarter, including a big 3-point play. Marshall, Rogers and Kamren Davis controlled the boards.
Rogers also had a basket off a rebound and a three-point play in the fourth.
Jason Owens hit a 3-pointer in the fourth. He also made a running one-handed shot at the third-quarter buzzer. Robert McKnight sank a 3-pointer in the fourth, too.
Owens finished with 12 points.
Marshall hit 3 3-pointers in the first half and scored 18 points. Several times when it looked like the Yellow Jackets might get the upper hand Marshall answered.
Phillip Stewart was the only Byrd player in double figures with 21 points. No other Yellow Jacket scored more than seven.
Parkway improved to 4-0. Byrd dropped to 6-2.
Captain Shreve defeated Haughton 98-33 in the girls championship game. The Lady Gators improved to 6-2, and the Lady Bucs dropped to 3-5.
Minden won the boys consolation title with a 53-34 victory over Calvary Baptist.
Ruston won the girls consolation title in unusual fashion. The Lady Bearkats were up big on Lakeside at the half when a power outage occurred. Coaches from both teams and tournament officials agreed to call the game at that point.
It took about 40 minutes to restore power.
Elsewhere, the Benton girls split two games in the St. Michael the Archangel tournament in Baton Rouge, defeating Hammond 52-41 and losing to Denham Springs 44-32.
Emily Ward scored a season-high 29 points against Hammond. She also led the Lady Tigers with 18 against Denham Springs.
Benton (4-3) finished 2-2 in the tournament
Airline dropped two games Saturday in the same event, falling to University Lab 42-31 and Thibodaux 48-20. The Lady Vikings (3-4) finished the tournament 1-3.
In the St. Amant boys tournament, Airline downed Baton Rouge Woodlawn 49-36. The Vikings improved to 4-2.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com