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High school basketball: 1-5A boys teams open district play Tuesday night; 1-5A girls teams resume district play


District 1-5A boys teams begin district play Tuesday night.

In the only game matching Bossier Parish teams, Parkway (5-7) is at Benton (7-13).

In other games involving parish teams, Airline (6-5) hosts Natchitoches Central (10-3) and Haughton (12-4) visits Byrd (7-5).

In the other opener, Southwood (7-11) hosts Captain Shreve (11-4).

With so many games cancelled last season, there is essentially no defending champion. 

Natchitoches Central didn’t lose a district game but the Chiefs only played six of a possible 14. Captain Shreve went 10-1. Both scheduled regular-season games between the Chiefs and Gators were canceled.

Natchitoches Central and Shreve did face off in the playoffs with the Chiefs winning 41-39 in the quarterfinals. Natchitoches Central fell to Zachary 63-57 in the 5A title game.

This season, Natchitoches Central has the highest current 5A power rating of any 1-5A team. According to GeauxPreps.com, the Chiefs are No. 9.

Captain Shreve, the “Doc” Edwards Invitational champion, has the second-highest at No. 15. Airline and Haughton are Nos. 25 and 26, respectively.

District 1-5A girls teams resume district play with the same matchups as the boys.

Parkway (15-1, 2-0), Airline (16-6, 2-0) and Captain Shreve (9-4, 2-0) are tied for the lead. They are followed by Benton (14-5, 1-1), Southwood (11-6, 1-1), Byrd (11-4, 0-2), Haughton (10-6, 0-2) and Natchitoches Central (9-8, 0-2).

Parkway, which briefly spent time at No. 1 last week, is currently No. 3 in the 5A power ratings, according to GeauxPreps.com.

Benton, last season’s Class 5A runner-up, is No. 9. Airline is No. 14 and defending state champion Captain Shreve is No. 19. Haughton is No. 21.

In a boys non-district game Monday, Plain Dealing fell to Summerfield 48-41 at Summerfield.

Kendric Blanks led the Lions with 17 points. 

The 82nd Bossier Invitational boys tournament has been hit hard by the withdrawal of four of the eight original teams entered because of a scheduling conflict or COVID-19 issues.

There will now be two games Thursday and Saturday.

Mansfield plays Calvary Baptist at 5:30 and Bossier faces Homer at 7 on Thursday. Homer takes on Mansfield at 5 and Bossier plays Calvary at 6:30 on Saturday.

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