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Girls basketball: Bossier wins Doyline tournament; Benton 4th in Trak-I Background Screening Lady Tigers tourney

The Bossier Lady Kats won the Doyline tournament with a 57-53 victory Saturday over Minden.

It was the Lady Kats’ third tournament title of the season. The Lady Kats also won the Green Oaks Thanksgiving Classic and the Bossier Lady Kats Invitational.

Tia Walker and Destiny Thomas led the Lady Kats against Minden with 20 and 18 points, respectively. Brittany Wallace scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Strawberry Batton led Minden with 19 points.

Bossier routed North DeSoto 52-18 in the semifinals.

Elsewhere, Benton finished fourth in the eight-team Trak-I Background Screening Benton Lady Tigers Tournament.

The Lady Tigers had a great start and finish but a rough middle in a 53-46 loss to Southwood.

Benton led 21-6 after the first quarter, but the Lady Cowboys used strong man-to-man defense to cut the deficit to two at the half.

Southwood took the lead early in the third quarter and led 40-29 going into the fourth. But the Lady Tigers came back strong behind full-court pressure and got within one with just less than a minute to play. Southwood took advantage of an intentional foul call against Benton to pull away at the end.

Brandy Harris had a big game, leading the Lady Tigers with 27 points. Emily Ward added 10. Southwood’s Jaiylan Brown scored a game-high 29.

Airline took fifth with a 35-25 victory over Parkway. Makayla Bendaw and Tyra Kidd topped Airline with nine points each. Parkway’s Chelsea Randle led all scorers with 15.

Red River won the tournament 77-43 over West Ouachita behind a tremendous performance from LaKeya Lewis. Lewis hit nine 3-pointers and scored 41 points and the Lady Bulldogs improved to 12-0.

In the final group play games earlier Saturday, Southwood defeated Airline 39-26, West Ouachita rolled past Simsboro 51-18, Benton downed Parkway 39-24 and Red River defeated Northwood 58-13.

Kidd led Airline against Southwood with nine points.

Harris scored 12 and Ward nine for Benton against Parkway. Brianna Lyle led the Lady Panthers with nine.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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