District 1-5A leaders Southwood, Shreve meet in The Swamp

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Southwood’s boys basketball team is on a roll and hopes to keep it that way when it pays a visit to Captain Shreve in a battle of two of the three teams tied for first place in District 1-5A.

The Cowboys (13-12 6-1), winners of six straight, will try to avenge a lopsided loss to the Gators (53-30) as the district begins the second half of the season. Shreve is 17-5 overall and 6-1 in the district and have won their last five home games.

Fourth-place Airline (10-8 4-3) will make the trek on I-49 to Natchitoches to face the Chiefs (16-4, 6-1). All three of the Vikings district losses have been to the three first-place teams.

Benton (9-18, 2-5) plays at Parkway (5-14, 0-7) and Byrd (11-9, 3-4) travels to Haughton (13-10, 1-6) in the other two District 1-5A games.

Huntington (14-4, 6-0) tries to further distance themselves from the rest of District 1-4A when it goes to Woodlawn (17-8, 3-2).

The Raiders offense has picked it up as of late. They have scored 69 or more points in five of their last six games that includes a big 72-54 defeat of Evangel last time out.

The Knights look to bounce back after scoring a season-low 32 points in a lopsided 62-32 loss to Bossier last time out. They have lost their last three games as well.

BTW (16-7, 4-2) plays at Northwood (13-11, 3-3) seeking back-to-back wins for the first time since the start of 2022.

North DeSoto (3-1, 0-5) will be in search of its first District 1-4A win when it visits Evangel (15-6, 4-2). The Eagles dropped a 72-54 decision last time out to league leader Huntington that snapped a three-game win streak.

In District 1-3A, league leader Bossier (18-6, 3-0) will host cellar dweller North Webster (7-16, 0-4). The Bearkats only loss in their last eight games came to Carver of New Orleans 57-50 in the Extravaganza Classic hosted by Calvary over last weekend.

Green Oaks (8-13, 1-2) is at Loyola 10-13, 2-2). The Flyers won at GO earlier in the year 50-48.

North Caddo (8-13, 1-0) will travel to face Jonesboro-Hodge (9-4, 1-0) in a battle of the two first-place teams in District 1-2A. The Titans carry a No. 28 power rating while the Tigers are No. 6 in Class 2A.

Calvary (13-7, 3-0), winners of five straight and sitting at the top of the District 1-1A standings, will hit the road to Homer (4-7, 2-1).