The Bossier Bearkats and Plain Dealing Lions posted district boys basketball victories Tuesday night.
Bossier knocked off District 1-4A rival Huntington 72-57 at Huntington. Plain Dealing routed D’Arbonne Woods 62-31 in a District 1-1A game at Plain Dealing.
Elsewhere, the Parkway Panthers fell to the Byrd Yellow Jackets 71-63 in a District 1-5A game at Parkway. Benton lost a tough District 1-4A road game to Minden 62-61.
At Huntington, Tyrese English and Tybo Wimberly scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, to lead the Bearkats. Jacoby Decker added nine. Abbareion Johnson and Chris Davenport scored seven each.
Bossier improved to 27-5 overall and 7-1 in district. The defending state champion Bearkats were No. 2 in the updated Class 4A power rankings released Tuesday, but both No. 3 Westlake and No. 4 Woodlawn had closed the gap.
Bossier visits Woodlawn (23-6, 6-2) Friday night. The Bearkats defeated the Knights 79-75 in an overtime thriller at home on Jan. 17.
Bossier remained one game behind district leader Fair Park (24-7, 8-0), which defeated Northwood 67-41 Tuesday.
At Plain Dealing, the Lions led 19-14 at the end of the first quarter and then outscored the Timberwolves 25-0 in the second.
Tyjuan Thomas topped Plain Dealing (10-10, 8-5) with 16 points. DeAnthony Briggs added 11. Demeko Ford chipped in with nine.
The Lions host defending state champ Arcadia on Friday and close the regular season with a non-district home game against Mansfield on Feb. 14. Plain Dealing was No. 10 in the Class 1A power rankings and should host a first-round game regardless of the outcome of its final two contests.
At Parkway, the Panthers led 53-42 with 6:09 left. But the Jackets’ full-court pressure forced several turnovers and Byrd went on a 13-1 run in a span of about two minutes to take a 55-54 lead.
Byrd eventually went up by three, but Terrace Marshall Jr. hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 59 with about three minutes left. It was still tied at 61 with just over two minutes left, but the Jackets closed the game with a 10-2 run.
Marshall led Parkway with 20 points. Justin Rogers added 16 and Sheldon Dudley added 12.
Dudley hit three consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter to help Parkway take a nine-point lead. Byrd cut it to six going into the fourth.
Byrd’s Phillip Stewart scored 12 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter.
Parkway fell to 13-10 and 4-6 in 1-5A. The Panthers are idle Friday. They host Southwood Tuesday and then close the season at Evangel Christian on Feb. 17.
District 1-5A leader Airline (20-6, 8-1) was idle Tuesday. The Vikings can clinch at least a share of their first district championship since 2011-12 with a victory at Haughton on Friday.
The score of Tuesday’s Haughton-Southwood game had not been posted to the LHSAA or MaxPreps websites as of late Tuesday night.
At Minden, Benton fell to 9-13 and 3-4. Minden improved to 12-15 and 3-5. The teams were evenly matched as the Tide avenged a 58-55 loss in the first district meeting.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org