High school girls basketball: Trak1 Background Screening Lady Tigers tournament starts Thursday at Benton

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The Trak1 Background Screening Lady Tigers tournament hosted by Benton starts Thursday.

Eight girls teams, including Benton, Airline and Parkway, will compete for the title.

Benton (9-0) is the favorite, but there are other quality teams in the field. Six have winning records.

The Lady Tigers face West Ouachita (7-1) at 8 p.m. Thursday in the first round.

Airline (4-6) plays Stanley (12-2) at 3:30, and Parkway (4-4) takes on Ouachita Parish (7-2) at 5.

Ouachita Parish reached the Class 5A quarterfinals last season. Stanley was a Class B quarterfinalist.

In the other first-round game, Loyola College Prep (7-6) plays Red River (10-2) at 6:30.

Loyola (Division II) and Red River (Class 2A) were both playoff semifinalists last season.

The semifinals are Friday at 6:30 and 8. The championship game is Saturday at 7:30.

Action starts at 3:30 Saturday with the seventh-place game. The consolation finals are at 5 with the third-place game scheduled for 6:15.