The Parkway Panthers, Bossier Bearkats and Plain Dealing Lions won district boys basketball games Friday night.
Playing without starting point guard Keondre Wutee, Parkway edged Byrd 55-52 at Parkway to remain undefeated in District 1-5A.
Bossier played its first game in District 1-4A since winning the 2010-11 4A state title, defeating homestanding Huntington 56-52.
Plain Dealing knocked off D’Arbonne Woods 69-23 in a District 1-1A game in Plain Dealing.
Elsewhere, Benton fell to Minden 61-47 in a District 1-4A opener at Minden and Haughton lost to Southwood 71-50 at Southwood in District 1-5A.
Wudtee, one of the state’s top football prospects, missed the Byrd game because he’s on a weekend recruiting visit to Oklahoma State.
His teammates took up the slack. Kamren Davis led the Panthers with 15 points. Terrace Marshall Jr. added 12 and Trey Webber 11.
Parkway coach Mike Guess said some of his younger players were able to get some valuable experience in Wudtee’s absence.
Parkway improved to 14-7 overall with its fifth straight victory. The Panthers are on top of 1-5A at 4-0. Southwood (15-4, 3-0) and Evangel (9-11, 3-0) are tied for second, a half-game back. Parkway hosts Southwood next Friday.
At Huntington, Bossier improved to 14-9 and snapped a three-game losing streak.
Antonio Davis had perhaps his best game of the season with 22 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Larry Robinson III helped the Bearkats’ cause with 14 points and six rebounds. Tyrese English had eight points and five rebounds. Donnell Mason had seven points, five rebounds and two blocks.
At Plain Dealing, Dakeldrick Oliver and Keldrick Carper scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the Lions’ win. Plain Dealing improved to 9-10 overall and 5-1 in district.
At Minden, Benton (7-9) fell behind early. The Crimson Tide led by as many as 20 in the second half, but the Tigers got within 11 with about five minutes to play.
Minden (12-6) has won nine of its last 10 games.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org