High school girls basketball: Benton advances to 5A quarterfinals; Parkway, Bossier fall in tight games

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The Benton Lady Tigers are the only parish team left in the girls basketball playoffs.

Benton, the No. 2 seed, routed No. 18 Barbe in a Class 5A second-round game Monday night in Lake Charles.

The Lady Tigers (26-5) will host No. 7 Hahnville (27-4), a 68-38 winner over No. 10 Denham Springs, in the quarterfinals Thursday.

The Parkway Lady Panthers and Bossier Bearkats lost to higher seeds in second-round games, but neither went down without a fight.

Parkway, the No. 11 seed in Class 5A, fell to No. 6 Sulphur 48-44 at Sulphur.

Bossier, the No. 17 seed, came close to knocking off the No. 1 seed in Class 3A before losing to Northwest 53-49 at home. The Lady Kats rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit and were within one in the final minute.

In a Class 1A second-round game, No. 16 Plain Dealing lost to No. 1 North Central 84-53 in Lebeau.

At Barbe, Benton’s dynamic duo of Qua Chambers and Jada Anderson continued to dominate with 27 and 24 points, respectively.

Anderson hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter and scored 12 points. Chambers scored 10 as the Lady Tigers raced to a 28-8 lead.

They both finished with 18 in the first half and Benton led 45-19. 

Alisa Harris scored 13 points with all of those competing by in the first three quarters.

Makaylah Manley led Barbe (16-9) with 17 points.

At Sulphur, Parkway led 25-22 at the half behind Mikaylah Williams’ 12 points. The Lady Panthers still led 33-31 after three quarters.

But the Lady Tors (28-5) rallied in the fourth for the victory.

Williams finished an outstanding freshman season with 14 points. Junior Sh’Diamond McKnight added nine and Jordan Dukes eight.

Parkway closed its season 23-9, the Lady Panthers’ first season of 20-plus wins since 2011-12.

At Bossier, the Lady Kats trailed by just one with 38 seconds left and had the ball. They had another chance to tie or take the lead down by two with 16 seconds left.

But Northwest (29-4) was able to hold on for the victory.

Bossier got off to a rough start and was behind 19-2 after the first quarter. But Sanaa Brown got hot in the second, hitting three 3-pointers. Bossier, however, still trailed 33-13 at the half.

With Jasmine Ford scoring all nine of her points and Kelcee Marshall hitting the first of three second-half 3s, the Lady Kats sliced nine points off Northwest’s lead in the third quarter.

Brown and Marshall accounted for all 16 of Bossier’s fourth-quarter points. The Lady Kats held the Lady Raiders to nine, but it wasn’t quite enough.

Brown led Bossier (15-13) with 19 points and Marshall scored 13.

At Lebeau, Plain Dealing finished 15-15 in Nick Wainwright’s first season as head coach.

North Central improved to 20-7.