Four Bossier Parish teams advanced to the semifinals of the Doc Edwards Invitational basketball tournament Saturday.
The Airline Vikings and Parkway Panthers won quarterfinal games in the boys division. Airline downed Mansfield 58-50 at Airline and Parkway knocked off Huntington 61-44 at BPCC.
In other boys quarterfinal games, Byrd defeated Bossier 77-70 and Southwood downed Captain Shreve 72-60.
In Monday’s semifinals at Airline, Southwood faces Parkway at 5:30 and Airline takes on Byrd at 8:30.
The Airline Lady Vikings and the Bossier Lady Kats won quarterfinal games in the girls division after receiving first-round byes. Airline rolled past Green Oaks 71-55 at Airline and Bossier defeated Red River 47-41 at Airline.
In the other quarterfinal games, defending champion Mansfield handled Southwood 56-34 and Huntington routed Byrd 53-33.
In Monday’s semifinals at Airline, Mansfield meets Huntington at 4 and Airline faces Bossier at 7.
In boys action at Airline Saturday, Robby Dooley scored 14 points and Noah Hildebrand 12 to lead the Vikings past Mansfield. KJ Bilbo added nine.
Airline led 24-18 at the half and 38-33 going into the fourth quarter.
At BPCC, Parkway trailed Huntington 22-20 at the half. The Panthers appeared to take control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Raiders 21-8 for a 41-30 lead.
But Huntington scored the first nine points of the final quarter to get within two. The Raiders had a chance to tie but missed the front end of a one-and-one.
After that it was all Parkway. Artavious Lynn scored inside to end Huntington’s run, starting a 20-3 Panthers’ run.
Lynn was a dominating force on both ends of the floor. He scored 23 points and had numerous assists, rebounds and blocked shots. He also played a key role in Parkway’s fast-break offense during the fourth-quarter run.
Gabe Decuir hit a big 3-pointer during the run to give the Panthers a nine-point lead.
Niki Edwards added 11 points for Parkway, and Juwon Johnson had 10.
At Airline, Bossier dug itself a big hole and trailed 59-42 going into the fourth quarter. But the Bearkats rallied and forced the Jackets to hold them off down the stretch.
Kentrell Hardy led Bossier with 29 points and Larry Robinson added 19.
In girls action at Airline, the Lady Vikings dominated Mansfield from the outset. Madison Rowland hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead Airline. Post player Tyra Kidd also had a big game with 19 points.
The Benton Lady Tigers and Plain Dealing Lady Lions advanced to the girls consolation semifinals.
Benton downed Captain Shreve 47-38 and Plain Dealing defeated Northwood 42-25.
Brandy Harris poured in 19 points and Keke Carper added 14 to lead the Lady Tigers. Northwestern State signee Gabby Jackson, playing just her second game since suffering a broken foot during practice early in the season, scored seven points.
Hersey Stumon paced Plain Dealing with 14 points, and Navia Johnson chipped in with eight.
In the boys consolation quarterfinals, Plain Dealing edged Northwood 60-58 and Benton fell to Red River 68-63.
Isaac Jacobs led four Lions in double figures with 14 points. Chiner Long added 12, Keldrick Carper 11 and Desean Morris 10.
William Givens tossed in 19 points to lead Benton. Tanner Craft scored 12.
In the other boys consolation quarterfinal game, North Webster defeated Green Oaks.
In Monday’s boys consolation semifinal games at BPCC, Plain Dealing faces Red River at 5:30 and Richwood plays North Webster at 8:30. In the girls consolation semifinals Green Oaks takes on Red River at 4 and Benton faces Plain Dealing at 7.
The consolation, third-place and championship games are at the CenturyLink Center Tuesday.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org