Boys basketball: Bossier pounds Minden; Parkway rally comes up short against Southwood

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The Bossier Bearkats kept their District 1-4A record unblemished with a 75-33 rout of the Minden Crimson Tide on Friday night at Bossier.

Bossier improved to 16-9 overall and 3-0 in district. The Bearkats are tied for first with defending champion Fair Park, which edged Huntington 68-66 Friday.

Elsewhere, Parkway suffered its first loss in District 1-5A. The host Panthers rallied to within one after falling behind Southwood by 14 in the second half, but the Cowboys hung on for a 47-43 victory.

Parkway (14-9, 4-1) and Southwood (16-5, 4-1) are tied for second, a game behind Evangel Christian (11-11, 5-0). The Eagles defeated Haughton 54-28 Friday.

In another 1-5A game, Byrd defeated Airline 73-65 at Airline.

In District 1-1A, Plain Dealing rolled past Homer 71-56 at Plain Dealing.

At Bossier, the Bearkats raced to a 14-4 first-quarter lead and didn’t let their foot off the gas. They led 36-16 at the half and 57-29 after three.

Larry Robinson III led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points. Tyrese English and Travis Manning scored 10 each. Tybren Wimberly added nine and Jacoby Decker seven. Donnell Mason helped with his defensive play, getting four steals.

At Parkway, the Panthers trailed 27-20 at the half after leading by two at the end of the first quarter. Southwood got a gift 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Cowboys missed the front end of a one-and-one with 5.4 seconds left. It appeared a Parkway had an easy rebound but the ball went off a Panther’s hands out of bounds to the Cowboys, who hit the 3.

Parkway got off to a very slow start in the second half. Having trouble making shots from close to the basket, the Panthers scored only four points in the first 6:40. Southwood took advantage for a 38-24 lead.

The Panthers finished with just six points in the quarter and trailed by 12 going into the fourth.

Parkway quickly made things interesting, though. They forced a couple of turnovers and Southwood went cold from the field. The result was a 10-1 that cut the Cowboys’ lead to three with 4:26 still remaining.

Parkway had some chances to get even closer but turned the ball over and missed several free throws. The Panthers finally got within two with 2:12 left on two Trey Webber free throws.

After Southwood hit a free throw, Robert McKnight scored inside to make it a one-point game with 1:37 to play. The Cowboys went back up 45-42 with a basket on a nice drive through the lane with 38.6 seconds left.

The Panthers then missed a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left. After the teams traded free throws, Southwood made one more with about six seconds remaining to take the final four-point lead.

McKnight scored six of his team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter. Parkway was just seven of 15 from the line in the period and 20 of 35 in the game. Webber, who made all four of his free throw attempts in the fourth, added eight points.

The Cowboys were even worse at the line, hitting just 11 of 27. They did have four 3-pointers to just one for Parkway. Kajuan Johnson was the only Southwood player in double figures with 12 points. He and Jalen Payne had the Cowboys’ only two field goals in the fourth quarter.

At Plain Dealing, Ty Thomas topped the Lions (10-11, 6-2) with 17 points. Keldrick Carper had 12 points and 16 rebounds.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com