The Parkway Lady Panthers and Airline Lady Vikings advanced to the semifinals of the Benton High girls basketball tournament with wins Thursday.
Parkway edged Benton 44-41 in an afternoon game. Airline routed Northwood 63-38 in a night contest.
The Lady Panthers (2-7) face Red River in the semifinals Friday at 5 p.m. The Lady Vikings (9-1) take on Longview, Texas, at 6:30. In the consolation semifinals, Wossman (6-4) faces Northwood (0-6) at 3:30 and Benton (1-7) plays Southwood (3-6) at 8.
In the Parkway boys tournament, Plain Dealing edged Northwood 48-46 and Airline got past Slidell Northshore 61-58.
In a non-tournament boys game, Bossier came from 12 points down in the first quarter to defeat Huntington 48-41 at Huntington.
At Benton, Chelsea Randle poured in 25 points to lead Parkway. Niaya Fant helped the Lady Panthers’ cause with 10. Brandy Harris topped Benton with 16 points.
Tyra Kidd led Airline past Northwood with 17 points. Kei McCoy added 14 and Madison Rowland had 12, all on 3-pointers. Airline coach David Duhon was able to empty his bench in the second half.
At Parkway, Plain Dealing led 17-1 but Northwood rallied and led by three going into the fourth quarter. The Lions (3-4) then pulled off their own rally to get the victory. Chiner Long paced Plain Dealing with 16 points.
Robby Dooley scored 15 points to help Airline (5-5) defeat Northshore.
The Parkway tournament, during which each team is playing three games over four days, continues Friday with Texas High facing North Caddo at 6 and Southwood taking on Northshore at 6:30.
On Saturday, Northshore plays Plain Dealing at 2:30 p.m. followed by North Caddo vs. Southwood at 4, Airline vs. Texas High at 5:30 and Parkway vs. Northwood at 7.
At Huntington, the Raiders jumped on the Bearkats and led 13-1. But Bossier chipped away at the lead and trailed by just 18-17 at the half.
Larry Robinson continued his impressive play for the Bearkats (4-4), scoring a team-high 21 points. Brandon Harris added nine and Chris Davenport had six.
Bossier defeated Natchitoches Central 65-43 in a freshman game earlier this week. Keyshawn Jones scored 16 and Landric Watson to lead the Bearkats. Jason Owens added 12 and Isaiah Wallace eight.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org