Basketball: Benton sweeps North DeSoto

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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