The Parkway Panthers held off a fourth-quarter rally by Haughton and remained undefeated in District 1-5A play with a 52-46 victory over the Bucs on Tuesday night at Haughton.
The Panthers scored the first 11 points of the game and led 17-3 late in the first quarter. Parkway led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter and were on top 32-20 at the half.
The Panthers maintained that margin going into the fourth. But the Bucs rallied behind 6-foot-6 senior post player Damien Sears, who scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the period.
Haughton got within six, 46-40, with about three minutes to play. A dunk by Sears make it a five-point game with just over a minute to play. The Bucs got the ball back twice with a chance to cut the lead to two or three.
The first time the Panthers forced a miss inside the lane. The second time Keondre Wudtee stepped in front of a pass and forced a turnover. He made one of two free throws at the other end and the Bucs couldn’t recover.
Terrace Marshall Jr. led a balanced Parkway scoring attack with 10 points. Robert McKnight and Kamren Davis added eight each. Stephen Simmons scored eight for Haughton (3-13, 0-2).
In the other 1-5A games, Airline fell to Captain Shreve 48-45 and Evangel topped Byrd 47-37.
Parkway (13-7, 3-0) leads the district by a half-game over Southwood (14-4, 2-0), which had an open date, and Evangel (8-11, 2-0). Byrd (9-9, 1-2) and Captain Shreve (7-11, 1-2) are tied for fourth. Haughton (3-13, 0-2) is sixth and Airline (9-13, 0-3) seventh.
In District 1-1A, Plain Dealing raised its record to 8-10 overall and 4-1 in district with a 70-24 rout of Cedar Creek in Ruston. Ty Thomas paced the Lions with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Max Washington chipped in with 11 points.
In a non-district game, Bossier fell to Bossier Invitational champion Natchitoches Central 66-49 in Natchitoches. The Bearkats (13-9) open District 1-4A play Friday at Huntington.
Larry Robinson III led Bossier with 19 points and four steals. Antonio Davis had eight points, six rebounds and two assists. Tyrese English scored eight.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com