Girls basketball: Airline, Haughton take different routes to victory

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

The Airline Lady Vikings and the Haughton Lady Bucs won District 1-5A games Friday night in different fashion.

The Lady Vikings cruised past Parkway 61-31 at Airline. The Lady Bucs won a wild 72-67 overtime decision over Byrd at Haughton.

Elsewhere, the Benton Lady Tigers fell to District 1-4A leader Fair Park 57-39 at Fair Park. Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing’s District 1-1A game against Cedar Creek in Ruston was postponed because of the winter weather. It has tentatively been rescheduled for Wednesday.

At Airline, the Lady Vikings rolled to a 21-3 first-quarter lead over the young Lady Panthers.

Randy Brown/Press-Tribune Madison Rowland hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points in the Lady Vikings’ victory over Parkway Friday at Airline.
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Madison Rowland hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points in the Lady Vikings’ victory over Parkway Friday at Airline.

Kei McCoy led Airline (17-10, 7-1) with 16 points. Madison Rowland hit three 3-pointers and scored 13. Jasmyn Carswell added 12 and Tasha Shiflett 10.

Airline remained a game behind district leader Southwood, which routed Captain Shreve 66-15. The Lady Vikings visit Southwood (20-6, 6-0) Tuesday. With a 5A power rating of 24 going into Friday’s game, Airline is assured of a playoff spot with two games to play

Wisdom Watts led Parkway with 10 points.

At Haughton, Ebone’ Green paced Haughton with 19 points. Mikayla Barber and Mattie McCoy had 15 each. Brittany Robinett added 14 and Chelcy Swint eight.

Haughton (20-8, 5-3) had a power rating of 30 going into the game. A win over Parkway Tuesday will likely be good enough to secure a playoff spot.

At Fair Park, the Lady Tigers played their seventh straight game without star Madi Sessions, who suffered a broken foot in the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 14. There is a chance Sessions could return for the playoffs, which begin a week from Thursday.

Benton couldn’t recover from a slow start against Fair Park (17-9, 8-0), which raced to a 23-5 first-quarter lead.

Megan Fream led the Lady Tigers (18-11, 4-4) with 15 points and Brandy Harris added 11.

Benton had a power rating of 14 going into the game and is assured of a playoff spot. But the Lady Tigers may have to beat Minden (14-10) and Northwood (3-20) to finish in the top 16 and host a first-round game.