The semifinals are set in the Doc Edwards Invitational basketball tournament hosted by Airline and sponsored by Willis-Knighton Health System.
In Tuesday’s boys semifinals at Airline, Fair Park plays Huntington at 5:30 and Airline takes on Bossier at 8:30. In the girls semifinals, Southwood faces undeated Red River at 4 and Benton plays undefeated North Caddo at 7.
In the boys consolation semifinals at Benton High, Red River plays North Webster at 5:30 and Parkway takes on Byrd at 8:30. In the girls semifinals, Green Oaks plays Huntington at 4 and Woodlawn meets Captain Shreve at 7.
In boys quarterfinal games Monday, Airline downed Benton 75-60, Bossier dropped Southwood 51-39, Fair Park defeated Mansfield 68-50 and Huntington got past Green Oaks 56-50.
In girls quarterfinal games, Benton edged Airline 44-43, Red River slipped past Bossier 74-64, North Caddo routed Byrd 68-38 and Southwood nipped Plain Dealing 51-44.
In boys consolation quarterfinal games, Parkway edged Captain Shreve 63-59, Byrd defeated Plain Dealing 81-75, North Webster downed Northwood 69-50 and Red River defeated Many.
The Benton-Airline girls game went down to the wire.
Lazaria Lloyd’s putback as time expired lifted the Lady Tigers to the victory. Airline had taken a 1-point lead on Camila Rodriguez’s drive to the basket with about 11 seconds left.
Emily Ward scored inside to put Benton on top 42-41 with 23 seconds left.
Airline held the lead for much of the game, but Benton took a one-point lead late in the third quarter. The Lady Vikings led by four at one point late in the fourth before Benton rallied.
Benton had balanced scoring. Brandy Harris, the Lady Tigers’ leading scorer on the season, picked up three offensive fouls in the first half but still led the team with 10 points. Lele Carper added nine and Ward eight.
Aimee Gentry hit a couple of 3-pointers, including a big one in the second half. Abbie Wynn had a key three-point play in the second half.
Rodriguez led Airline with 15 points. Tyra Kidd scored 11 and Mikayla Bendaw chipped in with eight.
Freshman Fred Lemons led the Airline boys with 14 points. Trent Ivy hit two 3-pointers and scored 13. KJ Bilbo added 10.
Jerriyun Lawrence and freshman Bubba Osby led Benton with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Twelve of Lawrence’s points came on 3-pointers. The Tigers hit 11 3-pointers in the game.
Larry Robinson had 18 points, six rebounds and three assists in the Bossier boys’ victory. Travis Manning had 14 points and four assists. Landric Watson grabbed eight rebounds.
Destiny Thomas scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Bossier girls’ loss to Red River. Brittany Wallace added 14 points and Necka Wynn 12.
The Plain Dealing girls got 14 points from Dra Briggs in the loss to 5A Southwood. Darmesha Noble and Teauna Perry added eight each.
Terrace Marshall Jr. and Justin Rogers scored 16 each in Parkway’s victory over Captain Shreve. Rogers scored 10 in the fourth quarter and was 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Kamren Davis added 10.
Keldrick Carper scored 21 points in the Plain Dealing boys’ loss to 5A Byrd. JaKelb McGee added 16, Tyjuan Thomas 12 and Max Washington 10.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org