The Benton Lady Tigers and Plain Dealing Lady Lions advanced to the second round of the LHSAA girls basketball playoffs Thursday night.
In a Class 4A first-round game, No. 25 seed Benton crushed No. 8 Carencro 72-40 in Carencro. In Class 1A, No. 13 Plain Dealing downed No. 20 Haynesville 57-52 in Plain Dealing.
The Bossier Lady Kats’ and Airline Lady Vikings’ seasons came to an close.
In Class 4A, No. 17 Bossier took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter at No. 16 Woodlawn, but the Lady Knights rallied for an 60-58 overtime victory.
In Class 5A, No. 30 Airline fell to undefeated and No. 3 Destrehan 79-29. The Lady Vikings finished the season 14-15. Destrehan improved to 31-0.
At Carencro, sophomore Emily Ward poured in 27 points to lead Benton. Freshman Qua Chambers also had an outstanding game with 22 points. Sophomore Abbie Wynn added eight and freshman Dana Wainwright seven.
Ward scored nine points, including a 3-pointer, in the first quarter as Benton jumped out to a 15-6 lead.
Chambers scored nine and Ward seven in the second as the Lady Tigers extended the lead to 33-14 at the half.
Benton eliminated whatever suspense remained in the game with a 24-4 run in the third quarter. Chambers scored nine, Wynn six and Ward five.
Benton (18-14) will host No. 9 Salmen (22-10), a 69-43 winner over No. 24 Cecilia, in the second round next week.
At Woodlawn, the Lady Kats got off to a good start and led most of the game. Bossier was ahead 15-6 after the first quarter, 33-21 after the second and 44-34 after the third.
Woodlawn cut the lead to 49-44 with about four minutes left. The Lady Knights went on a 7-0 run to take a 51-49 led with 1:33 left. But the Lady Kats rallied to tie it at 52 with 29 seconds remaining. Woodlawn had a final chance to pull out the victory but couldn’t score.
The loss was Bossier’s third to its District 1-4A rival this season with each game getting progressively closer. Woodlawn (17-9) won 60-47 on Jan. 17 and 62-59 in the regular-season finale last Friday.
Bossier closed its second season under Deshawn Williams 14-16.
At Plain Dealing, Hershey Stumon paced the Lady Lions with 17 points. Laterrica Stewart added 14, Teunna Perry 11 and Dra Briggs nine.
The Lady Lions got off to a slow start and trailed 17-9 after the first quarter. But they picked up the pace in the second, outscoring Haynesville 23-10 for a 32-27 halftime lead. Plain Dealing took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The victory was the Lady Lions’ third over District 1-1A foe Haynesville this season. Plain Dealing won 60-46 on Dec. 20 and 44-41 on Jan. 24.
The Lady Lions (15-11) will face No. 4 North Central (27-5), a 77-46 winner over No. 29 Logansport, in the second round.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com