The Parkway Panthers opened District 1-5A boys basketball district play with a 66-42 rout of Captain Shreve at Shreve.
In other 1-5A openers, Airline fell to Evangel 56-45 at Airline and Southwood dropped defending champion Byrd 70-53 at Byrd.
In 1-5A girls play, Airline lost to Evangel 66-45, Parkway fell to Captain Shreve 62-36 and Southwood routed Byrd 41-15.
In District 1-1A, the Plain Dealing girls rolled past Grambling 51-26 at Grambling. The Plain Dealing boys lost 61-42.
In non-district play, Benton swept Haughton, winning the girls game 69-43 and the boys game 62-51.
At Shreve, Trey Webber led a balanced Parkway scoring attack with 13 points. Kamren Davis added nine and Robert McKnight eight. The Panthers improved to 11-6 overall.
At Airline, Jacob Guest was the Vikings’ lone player in double figures with 12 points. Trent Ivy and KJ Bilbo scored eight each. Evangel got 19 points from Edgar Henix and 18 from Malik Cooper.
Airline (9-11) trailed by just two at the half, but Evangel took control with an 17-8 third-quarter run. The Eagles led by as many as 12 early in the quarter before the Vikings fought back within five. Airline twice had chances to cut the lead to three or two but couldn’t get shots to fall.
After Airline got close, the Eagles beat the Vikings’ press for some easy baskets or forced Airline to foul. Evangel (7-10) made 11 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Makayla Bendaw scored 15 points and Tyra Kidd 13 in the Airline girls’ loss to Evangel. The Eagles were led by Tiana Young with 21 and Madi Laboy with 18. Laboy made five 3-pointers. Airline dropped to 1-2 in district. Evangel improved to 2-1.
At Shreve, Chelsea Randle topped Parkway with 10 points.
At Grambling, Darmesha Noble and Draunatika Thomas scored 11 each as the Plain Dealing girls improved to 12-5 overall and 3-0 in 1-1A. Teauna Perry helped the Lady Lions’ cause with 10 points.
At Benton, Brandy Harris pumped in 26 points to lead the Lady Tigers past the Lady Bucs. Lazaria Lloyd chipped in with 14. Emily Ward added nine. Kaitlen Bratten and Lele Carper scored eight each.
Mayghan Myers and Keena Barber paced Haughton with 10 each.
Benton improved to 16-7 overall heading into district play next week.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org