Vikings down Panthers; Bearkats trip Lions
The Airline Vikings held off the Parkway Panthers 75-67 in a District 1-5A boys basketball game Wednesday night at Airline.
In another 1-5A game, the Haughton Bucs fell to Byrd 91-66 at Byrd.
In a non-district game, the Bossier Bearkats used a big second half to defeat the Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing Lions 47-29 at Plain Dealing.
At Airline, Hayden Hildebrand scored 27 points and Andrew Latson had 26 to lead the Vikings (5-12, 1-1).
Hildebrand scored many of his points on drives to the basket. Latson hit three big 3-pointers.
Brodrick Jefferson led Parkway (5-11, 0-2) with 25 points, including five 3-pointers, and Brandon Harris added 14.
Jefferson hit back-to-back 3s to propel the Panthers to an early 21-13 lead.
But the Vikings scored the final 11 points of the first quarter to go up 24-21.
Airline’s hot streak continued into the second quarter as the Vikings scored six straight to take a 30-21 lead.
Parkway rallied to within 30-28, but Airline closed the half on a 10-2 run for a 40-30 lead.
The Vikings stretched the lead to 15 points in the second half, but again the Panthers rallied. Parkway made it a 58-57 game on a steal and a layup with just under five minutes left.
Latson nailed a big 3-pointer to give Airline a 63-57 lead with four minutes left. The Panthers could get no closer.
At Byrd, the Jackets proved too much for the Bucs to handle.
Tyler Grigsby led Haughton (7-11, 1-1) with 21 points. Nakia Devereaux added 12 points, and Ryan Hatchett had 10.
Byrd evened its district record at 1-1. Captain Shreve, which defeated Southwood 65-54, leads at 2-0.
At Plain Dealing, New Tech gave Bossier a bit of a scare, taking a 20-19 halftime lead.
But the Bearkats held the Lions to just nine points in the second.
Rashard Owens paced Bossier (20-3) with 16 points, while Deorvion Robinson added 10.
Cardarrious Ray led New Tech (5-10) with 11 points.
Lady Panthers, Lady Bucs get District 1-5A victories
The Parkway Lady Panthers rallied past the Airline Lady Vikings in Parkway star Halle Washington’s return to action Saturday night at Airline.
Washington, who has been sidelined since injuring a knee in the third game of the season, scored 12 points in limited action.
It was only the second win of the season for Parkway, which improved to 2-16 overall and 1-1 in District 1-5A.
The Lady Panthers rallied from an 8-point halftime deficit.
Parkway started the second half with a 15-2 run and led 40-33 going into the fourth quarter.
Airline had a chance to cut the lead to two a couple of times in the final 20 seconds but couldn’t hit a 3.
Mikeala Kirkendoll also scored 12 points for Parkway.
Nikki Bryant led Airline (8-13, 0-2) with 16 points, and Jasmyn Carswell added 10.
Elsewhere, the Haughton Lady Bucs got a big 47-46 District 1-5A victory over the homestanding Byrd Lady Jackets.
Haughton (16-5, 2-0) and Southwood (20-1, 2-0), which routed Captain Shreve 66-18, are the only teams without a loss in district play.
The Lady Bucs led at the half and going into the fourth quarter. The game was tight much of the way but there was no dramatic ending.
Byrd hit a 3-pointer with about 3 seconds left for the final margin.
Mikayla Barber scored 12 points, Brittany Robinett 11 and Amber Brooks 10 to lead Haughton.
In a non-district contest, Bossier withstood a 46-point effort by Dennisha Chambers in a 62-56 victory over host Louisiana New Tech at Plain Dealing.
Bossier’s Khobi McDanel had a double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
Deniera McGlothan added 13 points, and Tiffany Lynn had 11 as Bossier improved to 10-11.
Two-time defending Class 1A state champion New Tech fell to 7-8.