High school boys basketball: Bossier clinches 1-3A title; Airline rallies past Byrd

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The Bossier Bearkats clinched the District 1-3A championship with a 62-45 victory over the Green Oaks Giants on Tuesday night at Green Oaks.

Bossier, the top-ranked team in the Class 3A power rankings, improved to 28-3 overall and 7-0 in district. The Giants (12-11, 4-2) and the Bearkats are scheduled to meet again at Bossier on Feb. 18 in Bossier’s final district game.

In District 1-5A games, Airline rallied past Byrd 60-59 at Byrd, Parkway fell to Captain Shreve 53-46 at Shreve, Benton lost to Southwood 68-45 at Southwood and Haughton fell to Natchitoches Central 85-38 at Haughton.

At Green Oaks, Cody Deen and Lakavin Thomas scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, to lead Bossier. Thomas hit two 3-pointers.

Tim King added nine points, D’Ante Bell eight and Joseph Manning seven.

The Bearkats trailed 11-10 after the first quarter but took control in the second with a 15-5 run. Bossier maintained the nine-point lead going into the fourth and then pulled away.

Israel Edwards hit four 3-pointers and led Green Oaks with 22.

At Airline, Devin Bilbo poured in 27 points to lead the Vikings (16-12, 5-6) to their second one-point victory over the Yellow Jackets. Bilbo hit the game-winner in the teams’ first district game.

Kyle McConathy and Kendrick Crawford scored nine each.

Airline trailed most of the game. Byrd led 29-25 at the half and 34-29 after three quarters.

Byrd dropped to 12-12 and 2-9. The Yellow Jackets have lost seven district games by eight points or less.

At Captain Shreve, Trae Ware and Bryce Roberts led Parkway (17-10, 6-5) with 12 and 11 points, respectively. 

Roberts hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter. Shreve’s Kendall Coleman scored eight, and the game was tied at 17 going into the second.

Both teams cooled off considerably in the second, scoring just seven each.

It remained tight in the third quarter with the Gators up by two going into the fourth.

Shreve hit only one field goal, a two-point basket, in the final period, but the Gators went to the free throw line 19 times and made 14. John Mitchell, who scored 13 points, was 7-of-8.

Parkway was 10-of-17 from the line in the game, including 5-of-8 in the fourth.

Coleman led Shreve (21-7, 9-2), the district’s second-place team, with 21 points.

At Haughton, district leader Natchitoches Central, the No. 1 team in the 5A power rankings, raised its record to 26-2 overall and 11-0 in district. Haughton dropped to 5-18 and 0-11.