The Parkway Panthers and Plain Dealing Lions won boys basketball district games Tuesday night.
Parkway got a huge 75-58 road victory over Southwood that basically kept them in the race for the District 1-5A championship. The Panthers avenged a 77-64 home loss to the Cowboys in the first half of district play.
Plain Dealing stayed in the hunt for the District 1-1A title by pulling out a 54-51 victory over Grambling at home.
Elsewhere, the Benton Tigers and Bossier Bearkats suffered close losses. The Tigers fell to Loyola 55-54 in a District 1-4A game at Benton. The Bearkats dropped a 53-51 decision to Booker T. Washington in a District 1-3A game at BTW.
Airline stayed within striking distance of 1-5A leader Byrd before falling 85-67 at Byrd. Haughton lost to Captain Shreve 80-68 on the road.
At Southwood, Parkway dominated the game through the first half and early part of the third quarter, building a 17-point lead. But the Panthers went cold and the Cowboys heated up from the 3-point line.
With 4:29 left in the game the Parkway lead was down to four points. It was still just a six-point game with 2:22 left to play. Then it was Southwood’s turn to go cold. The Panthers turned the missed shots into fast-break opportunities and the result was an 11-0 run.
Trey Rogers scored five points, including a three-point play, during the stretch. Artavious Lynn scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including several putbacks.
But guard Niki Edwards was the star for the Panthers. He led the way with 26 points with 20 of those coming in the first half as Parkway built the big lead.
Keondre Wudtee and Rogers scored nine each.
Parkway improved to 19-8 overall and 4-2 in 1-5A, alone in second. They trail Byrd by two games. Southwood dropped to 19-7 overall and 3-3 in district. Parkway came into the game with a Class 5A power ranking of No. 25. The victory could help the Panthers move up.
At Plain Dealing, Chiner Long tossed in 18 points to lead the Lions past the Kittens. Kyler Stromile chipped in with 10 and Max Washington added eight.
Plain Dealing improved to 15-9 overall and 6-1 in 1-1A. If the Lions defeat Cedar Creek at home Friday, they will have to chance to earn a share of the district lead with a victory at Arcadia Tuesday.
At Benton, the Tigers had a three-point lead with less than a minute to play but the Flyers rallied for the win. Benton also led at the half 29-22.
William Givens topped the Tigers with 13 points, and Da’Jerrick White had 11.
At Shreve, Javonte Woodard scored 19 points to lead Haughton. Cody Lilly added 16, Damien Sears 14 and Ja’marcia Banks 11.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org