Girls basketball: Benton wins 1-4A championship, Bossier shares runner-up; Haughton drops Airline

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The Benton Lady Tigers won the outright District 1-4A championship with a 53-22 rout of Northwood on Senior Night Friday at Benton.

Benton completed the regular season 25-8 and 9-1 in District 1-4A. Bossier (21-6, 8-2), which rolled past Woodlawn 62-38, and 2014-15 champ Fair Park (18-11, 8-2) shared the runner-up spot.

All three teams will be heading to the postseason. Fair Park was No. 13, Benton No. 14 and Bossier No. 16 in the Feb. 9 Class 4A power ratings. All three could host first-round playoff games next week.

In District 1-5A, Haughton pulled away late for a 55-47 victory over Airline in the season finale for both teams at Airline.

The Lady Bucs (10-14, 6-6) won four of their last five games. Airline finished 12-14 and 7-5. This marks just the third time in David Duhon’s 23 years as head coach Airline has failed to make the playoffs.

In District 1-1A, Plain Dealing fell to Arcadia 44-27 at Arcadia. The Lady Lions (21-7, 12-2) finished runner-up to the Lady Hornets (27-1, 14-0) and will host a first-round playoff game next week.

At Benton,outmanned Northwood hung with the Lady Tigers for the first few minutes before Benton pulled away.

Senior guard Brandy Harris completed an outstanding regular season with 17 points. Guard Emily Ward finished her outstanding freshman regular season with 16 points.

At Bossier, Brittany Wallace posted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lady Kats. Destiny Thomas and Necka Wynn also scored 14 each. Tia Walker had nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Essence Phelgm chipped in with eight points.

At Airline, Morgan Buxton scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Haughton. She hit some big shots down the stretch. Cassandra Simmons added 13 and Keeana Barber 10. Inez Green had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Senior guard Bethany Knotts scored five points in her final game.

Makayla Bendaw topped Airline with 10 points. Post player Tyra Kidd, one of just two seniors on the team, scored nine points. Camila Rodriguez also scored nine.

At Arcadia, Plain Dealing’s Teunna Perry scored 16 points in the loss.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com