High school basketball: Parkway, Benton tournaments on tap this week

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The Barksdale Federal Credit Union Parkway and Benton Lady Tigers tournaments start Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

The Parkway tournament features a field of 10 boys teams.

Haughton, Airline and Benton are also competing along with Ringgold, Calvary Baptist, Woodlawn, Southwood, Evangel Christian and Rayville.

Parkway will be looking for its second tournament title in as many weeks. The Panthers won the Haughton tournament last week.

Parkway opens against Ringgold at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

In Wednesday’s first-round games, Calvary plays Haughton at 4:30, Woodlawn takes on Southwood at 6 and Airline plays Benton at 7:30.

The tournament runs through Saturday with the consolation finals at 6 followed by the championship game at 7:30.

One team to watch is Woodlawn (8-0). During that span the Knights only had one game closer than 10 points, a 59-55 victory over Fair Park.

The Benton tournament features a strong field.

Joining Benton are Southwood, Red River, North Caddo, Evangel Christian, West Ouachita Parkway and Airline.

North Caddo (5-2) is the three-time defending Class 2A state champion. The Lady Rebels handed Southwood (6-1) its first loss, 53-50, Tuesday night.

Before Tuesday, the Lady Cowboys hadn’t played a game closer than 11 points.

Evangel is also off to a strong start. The Lady Eagles are 6-2.

The Bossier boys are playing in the Longview Chapter Chick-fil-A tournament in Gladewater, Texas.

The Bossier girls are playing in the Pineville tournament.

BARKSDALE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION PARKWAY TOURNAMENT

BOYS

FIRST ROUND
WEDNESDAY
Calvary vs. Haughton, 4:30
Woodlawn vs. Southwood, 6
Airline vs. Benton, 7:30

THURSDAY
Evangel vs. Rayville, 6
Parkway vs. Ringgold, 7:30

BENTON LADY TIGERS TOURNAMENT

GIRLS

THURSDAY
Parkway vs. West Ouachita, 3:30
Airline vs. North Caddo, 5
Benton vs. Evangel, 6:30
Southwood vs. Red River, 8

FRIDAY
North Caddo vs. Southwood, 3:30
West Ouachita vs. Evangel, 5
Benton vs. Parkway, 6:30
Red River vs. Airline, 8

SATURDAY
FIRST SESSION
Evangel vs. North Caddo, 9:30 a.m.
Benton vs. Airline, 11
West Ouachita vs. Southwood, 12:30 p.m.
Parkway vs. Red River, 2

SECOND SESSION
West Ouachita vs. Airline, 4:30
Parkway vs. North Caddo, 6
Benton vs. Southwood, 7:30
Evangel vs. Red River, 9

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com