Madi Sessions hit two free throws with 10.8 seconds left to give the Benton Lady Tigers the lead for good in a 47-44 victory over the Airline Lady Vikings Tuesday night at Airline.
Sessions hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter to help Benton (2-0) rally from a 21-14 halftime deficit.
Sessions finished with 17 points and shared team-high scoring honors with Megan Fream. Gabbey Jackson added 11 points.
Nikki Bryant led Airline with 14 points and Natasha Shiflett added eight.
Sessions third 3-pointer of the third quarter came at the buzzer and gave the Lady Tigers a 33-32 lead.
Benton eventually extended the lead to 38-32 before Airline came storming back and regained the lead with an 8-2 run.
Jasmyn Carswell scored inside to tie it at 40 with 3:30 left. Bryant then hit a basket to give Airline a 42-40 lead.
Jackson hit two free throws to tie it, and Fream hit a jumper from long range to give Benton a 44-42 lead.
Bryant tied it again with a basket underneath. She was fouled but missed the free throw.
The Lady Vikings had a chance to tie but turned it over with about 5 seconds left. Sessions hit 1-of-2 free throws for the final margin.
Benton made 8-of-9 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Elsewhere, New Tech’s Dennisha Chambers scored 40 points but it wasn’t quite enough as the Lady Lions (2-2) fell to Huntington 49-47 at Plain Dealing.
Chambers hit two 3-pointers in the final 12 seconds to get New Tech within two.
Parkway fell to Loyola 71-53 at Loyola.
According to media reports, Parkway center Halle Washington, a Georgia signee, left the game with an apparent knee injury in the first half.
She briefly returned but then had to leave the game again and was done for the night.
Mikeala Kirkendoll led Parkway (0-4) with 15 points. Tyiesha Kidd had 11, and Tatjahana Maury added 10.
Bossier improved to 2-2 on the season with a 50-35 victory over Zwolle.
Deniera McGlothan came off the bench to score 17 points and grab 10 rebounds. Bree Williams added 12 points.