Bossier Parish teams went 3-0 in the first round of the high school boys basketball playoffs Friday night.
In Class 5A, No. 22 seed Parkway upset No. 11 Central Lafourche 62-55 in Raceland. In Class 3A, No. 15 Bossier knocked off No. 18 Pine Prairie 62-37 at Bossier. In Class 1A, No. 11 Plain Dealing routed No. 22 Hanson Memorial 69-40 at Plain Dealing.
Parkway (24-8) hosts No. 6 seed Lafayette (26-3), a 59-46 winner over No. 27 Captain Shreve, in the second round Tuesday. Bossier (15-11) visits No. 2 seed Rayville (29-2), a 97-65 winner over No. 31 Loranger. Plain Dealing (19-10) visits No. 6 White Castle (24-7), a 73-47 winner over No. 27 North Central.
At Raceland, Parkway raced to an 8-0 lead against Central Lafourche and never trailed. The Panthers led 33-30 at the half and then went on an 8-1 run to start the second for a 41-31 lead.
The Trojans rallied to within six by the end of the quarter, but Parkway answered again, moving back on top by 10 with just over five minutes to play.
Central Lafourche cut a nine-point Parkway lead to five with 2:35 left.
“We got a little sloppy,” Parkway coach Mike Guess said. “We got a little greedy. But we were able to make a few free throws down the stretch and hang on for the win.”
Juwon Johnson and Artavious Lynn led the Panthers with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Keondre Wudtee added nine and Niki Edwards had seven. William McKnight hit two big 3-pointers.
At Bossier, the Bearkats led by just 29-26 with about two minutes gone in the second half. But Bossier took control with a 21-9 run over the remainder of the third quarter. the Bearkats turned it into a rout in the fourth, building a 63-40 lead before Coach Jeremiah Williams emptied his bench.
Kentrell Hardy led Bossier with 14 points. Larry Robinson chipped in with 12, and Dontaveous Washington added 11.
At Plain Dealing, the Lions raced to an 8-0 lead and took their first 10-point lead at 13-3 just a few minutes into the game. Hanson Memorial got within six once in the first half but the Lions stretched the lead to 38-25 at the break.
The Tigers’ 3-point shooting kept Plain Dealing from turning the game into a rout in the third quarter, but the Lions still led 49-35 after three. Plain Dealing went on a 13-0 run to start the final quarter.
Plain Dealing’s Chiner Long scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the first quarter. DeSean Morris and Logan Allen added 12 each. Keldrick Carper scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Isaac Jacobs had nine points and nine rebounds.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org