The Benton Lady Tigers, Airline Lady Vikings and Parkway Lady Panthers won District 1-5A games on Friday night.
In a rematch of last year’s Class 5A State Championship game, Benton got some rematch with a 53-43 win over Captain Shreve at Shreve. The Lady Gators won 50-39 in the title game in 2021.
In a parish team battle, Airline defeated Haughton 46-35 at Haughton.
Parkway, the district’s only four-game unbeaten team, beat Southwood 69-32 at Southwood.
In the other 1-5A game, Natchitoches Central beat Byrd 54-42 at Byrd.
Parkway (17-1, 4-0) leads the neighborhood. The airline (17-7, 3-1) is second followed by Benton (15-6, 2-2), Captain Shreve (9-6, 2-2), Southwood (12-7, 2-2), Natchitoches Central (10-9, 2-2), Haughton (11-7, 1-3) and Byrd (11-6, 0-4).
In a MAIS District 5-3A match, Providence Classical Academy defeated Tallulah 40-37 at PCA.
At Shreve, the Lady Tigers resisted a furious Lady Gators rally in the fourth quarter.
Benton was leading 46-30 at the start of the quarter. But Shreve rallied at 49-43 with less than two minutes to go,
The Lady Tigers, however, got some big rebounds and a steal down the home stretch and scored the last four points of the game.
Both teams played a tight defense and under pressure throughout the game. Benton did a solid job breaking Shreve’s press all over the court.
The tight defense created turnovers for both teams but also contributed to many fouls. Each team has entered 21
Free throws were a big factor. Neither team was particularly brisk from the line. However, the Lady Tigers hit 16 of 31 to 7 of 21 for the Lady Gators.
Towards the end of the game, Shreve got some favorable rebounds on some of those duds. Offensive rebounds helped them stay there.
Senior player Jada Stewart led the Lady Tigers with 17 points. She had some big conventional three-point games in the second half. Stewart has scored 13 in the last two quarters and made 3 of 4 free throws in the fourth.
Marissa Schoth scored 12 points. Ella Kate Malley was instrumental in breaking Shreve’s press. She also scored seven points.
Chloe Bailey scored a big 3 in the third quarter.
Benton took the lead early in the game and didn’t let go. The Lady Tigers led 13-7 after a quarter, 25-15 at halftime and 40-27 after three quarters.
Desiree Hudson and Carley Hamilton led Shreve with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
At Haughton, Kayla Hampton continued her outstanding senior season with 21 points and eight rebounds to lead Airline. She was 4 of 6 behind the arch.
Endia Pradier and Kaleigh Brown scored seven each.
Haughton rookie Dakota Howard has also had a stellar season. She led the Lady Bucs with 21 points.
Sara White added seven.
Hampton lost three to 3 in the first quarter to help the Lady Vikings take a 12-8 lead.
Pradier and Brown hit 3 in the second quarter. Howard kept the Lady Bucs with eight points. The airline was leading 26-16 at the break.
Howard scored nine more in the third as the Lady Bucs reduced the lead to 36-29. Hampton scored nine in the quarter.
Both teams struggled offensively in the fourth. Abbie Hooper’s two 3 points were Haughton’s only points. Triggered by a Paige Marshall 3, Airline scored 10 to claim the victory.
In Southwood, Mikaylah Williams led Parkway with 23 points. Chloe Larry scored 15.
Larry and Jayla James dropped 3 points in the first quarter as the Lady Panthers led 14-4.
Parkway went up a notch in the second quarter. Seven players combined for 20 points and the Lady Panthers led 34-11 at halftime.
At the PCA, Ainsley Stinson scored 3 points on the buzzer to give the victory to the Lady Knights.
Stinson led the PCA with 11 points, including seven in the fourth quarter.
Sarah Kate Hamm, Keyton Southerland and Rachel Davis all scored eight.
Hamm knocked down two 3-pointers, including one in the fourth.