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High school girls basketball: Benton tops Parkway in Trak1 Benton Lady Tigers tournament

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Emily Ward scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Benton Lady Tigers past the Parkway Lady Panthers 34-29 in the Trak1 Benton Lady Tigers Tournament Friday.

In other games, Airline fell to Red River 63-38 and three-time defending Class 2A state champ North Caddo defeated Southwood 53-37.

Benton led Parkway 11-4 after one quarter and 14-9 at the half. The Lady Tigers took a 26-16 lead into the fourth

Niaya Fant led Parkway with 12 points, including nine in the fourth quarter.

Airline got off to a great start against Red River, taking an 18-13 lead into the second quarter. But the Lady Vikings scored only 20 points in the final three quarters.

KeKe Marshall topped Airline with 13 points. Oksonna Williams led Red River with 20, including 14 in the second half.

The event concludes today with two sessions.

In the first session, Evangel plays North Caddo at 9 a.m. followed by Benton vs. Airline at 11, West Ouachita vs. Southwood at 12:30 p.m. and Parkway vs. Red River at 2.

In the second session, Airline plays West Ouachita at 4:30 followed by Parkway vs. North Caddo at 6, Benton vs. Southwood at 7:30 and Evangel vs. Red River at 9.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com