A second-half rally came up just short as the Bossier Bearkats fell to the Byrd Yellow Jackets 71-68 in boys basketball action Monday night.
Bossier trailed the defending District 1-5A co-champion Yellow Jackets (10-2) for most of the game. The Bearkats (5-5) were behind by as many as 13 points in the third quarter before cutting the gap to eight going into the fourth.
Led by junior Larry Robinson and sophomore Antonio Davis, Bossier cut the lead to one twice in the final four minutes. Robinson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Bearkats within 51-50 with just under five minutes left.
But the Bearkats went cold from 3-point range and Byrd went on a 7-1 run to go up 58-51.
Bossier rallied again and got within 60-59. After the Jackets scored, the Bearkats had a chance to tie it but a Robinson 3-pointer from the baseline rattled in and out.
Byrd hit enough free throws to keep control of the game. But after scoring with 4.7 seconds left, to cut the lead to three, Bossier forced a turnover on the inbounds pass with 3.4 seconds left. A 3-pointer at the buzzer was off target.
Robinson scored 12 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. Davis added 18 points, including eight in the final period. Kentrell Hardy also aided the rally with 14 points.
Montrey Thomas led Byrd with 20 points. Kory Ashley and Chad Lott scored 17 each.
Byrd won the girls game 46-34. The Lady Jackets pulled away in the third quarter after leading just 15-14 at the half.
Last week’s highlights
The Airline Lady Vikings finished third in the Benton girls tournament.
Madison Rowland hit six 3-pointers and scored 18 points in Airline’s 49-27 victory over Parkway in the third-place game.
The Lady Vikings fell to eventual champion Longview, Texas, 52-47 in the semifinals. Kei McCoy led the way with 20 points and Rowland had 13, including three 3-pointers.
Airline crushed Northwood 63-38 in the first round. Kidd scored 17, McCoy 14 and Rowland 12. Rowland finished the tournament with 13 3-pointers.
Chelsea Randle poured in 25 points to lead Parkway to a 44-41 victory over Benton in the first round. Brandy Harris led Benton with 16.
The Parkway boys went 3-0 in the Bossier Federal Credit Union Parkway tournament, during which each team played three games over four days. The Panthers defeated Northwood 62-59, Texas High 87-71 and Plain Dealing 63-52.
Juwon Johnson led the Panthers against Northwood with 22 points and Keondre Wudtee had 12. William McKnight and Artavious Lynn scored 20 each against Texas High.
Niki Edwards scored 16 against Plain Dealing. Lynn added 13 and McKnight 11.
Airline went 2-1 in the Parkway tournament, defeating Texas High 66-49 and Northshore 61-58 in overtime and losing to North Caddo, a Class 2A semifinalist last year, 67-56.
Jacob Guest topped the Vikings against Texas High with 17 points, while Noah Hildebrand added 11. Robby Dooley (15), Guest (12), KJ Bilbo (12) and Hildebrand (11) all scored in double figures.
Hildebrand led four Vikings in double figures against North Caddo with 13 points.
Plain Dealing went 2-1, defeating Northshore 45-41 and Northwood 48-46.
Chiner Long paced the Lions in both games, scoring 21 against Northshore and 17 against Northwood.
In a non-tournament girls game Friday, Bossier dropped a 61-43 decision to Rayville. Brittany Wallace scored 17 and Tia Wallace 13 to lead the Lady Kats.
In a non-tournament boys game Thursday, Bossier rallied from an early 13-1 deficit to defeat Huntington 48-41 at Huntington. Robinson led the Bearkats with 21 points.
In Tuesday’s girls games, Airline downed Minden 60-49 and Benton dropped Lakeside 51-19.
McCoy hit 17 of 21 free throws and scored a game-high 23 points against Minden. Kidd added 16.
Yakina Manning scored 14 points and Harris 13 to lead Benton.
In boys action, the Airline and Parkway both lost road games.
The Vikings fell to Minden 77-68, and the Panthers lost to Leesville 70-67.
Tybren Wimberly and Bilbo topped Airline with 18 points each. Dooley added 15.
Lynn led Parkway with 19 points. Jared Collier added 14, Juwon Johnson 12 and Tristan Hill 10.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org