Prep basketball: Parkway, Benton tournaments on tap this week

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Parkway and Benton are hosting high school basketball tournaments this week.

The Barksdale Federal Credit Union Parkway Tournament features 11 boys teams.

The Benton Tournament features eight girls teams.

Benton, Airline, Haughton and Plain Dealing are competing in the Parkway tournament.

In first-round games Wednesday, Haughton plays Fair Park at 6 and Southwood takes on Plain Dealing at 7:30.

Ringgold and Mansfield open the tournament at 4:30.

In first-round games Thursday, Benton meets Calvary at 4:30 and North Caddo plays Airline at 6.

Parkway plays the Ringgold-Mansfield winner at 7:30.

North Caddo was 6-1 entering the week. The Rebels have one of the top players in the state in 6-foot-8 Robert Williams, a Texas A&M commit.

Southwood (6-2 through last week) and Fair Park (6-1) are two other likely title contenders.

The Benton tournament is split into two groups with the winners meeting Saturday at 8:30 p.m. for the championship.

In opening games Thursday, Southwood plays Northwood at 3:30 followed by Parkway vs. West Ouachita at 5, Airline vs. Northwood at 6:30 and Benton vs. West Ouachita at 8.

Friday’s schedule is Parkway vs. Simsboro at 3:30, Red River vs. Southwood at 5, Benton vs. Simsboro at 6:30 and Red River vs. Airline at 8.

Pool play continues Saturday afternoon with Airline taking on Southwood at 1 followed by Benton vs. Parkway at 2:30 in the high school gym. West Ouachita plays Simsboro at 1 and Red River meets Northwood at 2:30 in the middle school gym.

The seventh-place game start at 4 and will be followed by the fifth- and third-place games before the finals.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com