Still playing without star Madi Sessions, the Benton Lady Tigers picked up a big District 1-4A victory 70-66 over the Woodlawn Lady Knights Friday night at Benton.
Benton improved to 17-8 overall and 3-1 in district. The Lady Tigers trail Fair Park (13-9, 4-0) and Loyola (15-9, 4-0) by a game going into Tuesday’s game at Huntington.
Elsewhere, the Airline Lady Vikings fell to Southwood 63-50 in a battle of District 1-5A unbeatens at Airline.
Airline (13-10, 3-1) dropped into second-place tie with Haughton (19-6, 3-1), which defeated Parkway 69-33 Friday at Haughton. Southwood, which improved to 17-6 overall, leads at 4-0.
The Lady Vikings and Lady Bucs will break the tie Tuesday night at 6 at Airline.
In District 1-3A, Bossier dropped a 65-52 decision at Green Oaks.
In District 1-1A, Arcadia took sole possession of the district lead with a 55-40 home victory over Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing.
At Benton, the Lady Tigers cut a 12-point second-quarter deficit to five at the half.
Benton came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Lady Giants 24-15 in the third quarter. The Lady Tigers led 52-48 going into the fourth and made it stand up.
Post player Gabby Jackson had a another big game for Benton with 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Guard Megan Fream also came through, scoring 24 points.
Sessions sat out her third straight game with a sprained ankle.
At Airline, Southwood (17-6, 4-0) jumped on the Lady Vikings early and led 24-8 late in the first quarter.
Airline got within 10 early in the second but the Lady Cowboys answered with five straight points.
The Lady Vikings got back within 10 at the half and cut it to seven on a Madison Rowland 3-pointer early in the third.
But Southwood put the game away with a 12-0 run.
Kei McCoy paced Airline with 16 points. Tasha Shiflett added 12.
Southwood standout Chelsea Tieuel scored a game-high 22.
At Green Oaks, Tiffany Lynn scored 18 points but Bossier (6-15, 1-4) couldn’t overcome a slow start in the loss to the district-leading Lady Giants (19-4, 5-0). Green Oaks standout Princess Davis led all scorers with 29 points.
At Arcadia, the Hornets (18-5, 4-0) took control of the game with a 14-1 run in the second quarter.
Deaspria Thomas topped New Tech (13-10, 3-1) with 13 points. Teauna Perry added 11.