Boys basketball: Parkway downs Airline; Bossier, Plain Dealing win


The Parkway Panthers, Bossier Bearkats and Plain Dealing Lions posted boys basketball district victories Friday night.

Parkway defeated Bossier Parish rival Airline 73-61 in a District 1-5A game at Parkway.

Bossier ended a two-game slide with a 55-37 District 1-3A victory over Green Oaks at Green Oaks.

Plain Dealing routed Cedar Creek 62-35 in a District 1-1A game at Plain Dealing.

Elsewhere, Haughton fell to District 1-5A leader Byrd 87-61 at Byrd and Benton lost to District 1-4A leader Fair Park 73-41 at Benton.

At Parkway, Niki Edwards continued his outstanding play with a 23-point effort for the Panthers. Artavious Lynn added 13 and Juwon Johnson 11.

KJ Bilbo and Robby Dooley led Airline with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Scott Jackson added 11 points.

Russell Hedges/Press-Tribune Niki Edwards scored 23 points in Parkway's 73-61 victory over Airline Friday night at Parkway.
Russell Hedges/Press-Tribune
Niki Edwards scored 23 points in Parkway’s 73-61 victory over Airline Friday night at Parkway.
Parkway raced to an 18-9 first-quarter lead. The Panthers still led by eight at the half. Parkway looked like it was going to turn the game into a rout in the third quarter but the Vikings didn’t let it happen. Even so, Airline never made a serious run.

Parkway (20-8, 5-2) is alone in second place in 1-5A, two games behind Byrd, with three games left.

At Green Oaks, Kentrell Hardy poured in 22 points and Larry Robinson added 17 to lead Bossier to the victory.

The Bearkats (12-12, 5-2) are tied with Booker T. Washington for second place in 1-3A, one game behind Evangel. Bossier hosts Mansfield Tuesday before closing out the regular season at North Webster and at home against Evangel.

At Plain Dealing, Isaac Jacobs topped the Lions with 11 points. Chiner Long and Logan Allen scored nine each. Senior Tyler Allen came off the bench on Senior Night to score seven.

The Lions (16-9, 7-1) travel to District 1-A leader Arcadia Tuesday with a chance to earn a share of the district lead.

At Byrd, Ja’marcia Banks scored 19 points and Cody Lilly added 14 in Haughton’s loss to Byrd, which improved to 7-0 in district play.

— Russell Hedges,