Girls basketball: Parish teams go 3-0 in first round of playoffs

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Bossier Parish teams went 3-0 in the first round of the LHSAA girls basketball playoffs Thursday night.

In Class 4A, the No. 11 seed Benton Lady Tigers defeated No. 22 Beau Chene 40-32 at Benton, and the No. 16 seed Bossier Lady Kats downed No. 17 Salmen 64-46 at Bossier.

In Class 1A, the No. 11 seed Plain Dealing Lady Lions trounced No. 22 East Iberville 72-41 at Plain Dealing.

All three will be on the road in the second round.

District 1-4A champion Benton (26-8) visits No. 6 Rayne (28-2), a 67-30 winner over No. 27 St. Martinville. 1-4A runner-up Bossier (22-6) travels to Lafayette to take on top-seeded St. Thomas More (22-5), a 77-24 winner over No. 32 Assumption.

District 1-1A runner-up Plain Dealing (22-7) is at No. 6 Merryville (29-0), a 79-29 winner over No. 27 Block.

At Benton, the Lady Tigers struggled on the offensive end in the first half. Thanks to good defense, they led by as many as seven a couple of times and seemed on the verge of pulling away. But the Lady Gators scored some points off turnovers to stay close.

Benton still managed to take a 20-17 lead into the locker room.

The Lady Tigers came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Gators 14-5 to take control.

Freshman Emily Ward hit two 3-pointers in the second half and led the Lady Tigers with 14 points.

Senior guard Brandy Harris, Benton’s leading scorer on the season, has made a living this season taking the ball to the basket. Beau Chene’s defense made it tough on her in the first half, but she still finished with 13 points.

Senior guard Lele Carper came up with 10 big points.

At Bossier, the Lady Kats dominated almost from the start. Bossier led 11-6 after the first quarter and 27-14 at the half.

Both teams heated up in the third quarter. The Lady Spartans scored 17 points, three more than in the first half. But Bossier got scoring from Destiny Thomas, Essence Phelgm, Brittany Wallace, Necka Wynn, Chloe Walker and Tia Walker and extended its lead to 48-31 going into the fourth.

After the lead reached 20, the Lady Kats got a little sloppy in the fourth quarter. Salmen got as close as 12, but Bossier was never in any real danger.

Thomas, Wallace and Wynn all finished with 12 points, and Phelgm added 10. Chloe Walker chipped in with eight and Tia Walker had six.

Wallace had 14 rebounds, Wynn 11 and Navia Johnson eight. Chloe Walker dished out five assists.

At Plain Dealing, Darmesha Noble poured in 19 points as the Lady Lions cruised to the victory. Teunna Perry added 12, Hershey Stumon 11 and Draunatika Thomas 10.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com