District titles still on the line in girls basketball

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

The final week of the regular season for girls basketball has teams in three of the five area districts still battling for a chance at the league titles.

Parkway clinched the 1-5A title last week by defeating Southwood and Huntington in 1-4A with a win over Booker T. Washington.

Mansfield in 1-3A is assured at least a tie for the title with a 6-0 record. Loyola is 4-2 and will host the Wolverines Friday in the regular season finale. Mansfield (16-5 overall) is at North Webster (3-14, 0-4) Tuesday.

District 1-2A leader Jonesboro-Hodge (3-0) is one game ahead of second place North Caddo (2-1) with a date to play at the Titans Friday. The Tigers host D’Arbonne Woods 2-12, 1-2) Tuesday.

Arcadia (4-0) is the lone undefeated team in 1-1A but Homer (5-1) is on its heels. The Hornets host Ringgold (2-20, 0-3) Tuesday and plays at Lincoln Prep (3-16, 1-3) Friday. Homer’s lone scheduled district game is at Haynesville (8-15, 2-2) Friday.

Benton will play at Southwood with a shot at tying the Lady Cowboys for second place in 1-5A with a win. Both teams sport 20-9 overall records and the Lady Cowboys at 8-4 in the district the Lady Tigers at 7-5.

Airline, at 6-6 in 1-5A, is in fourth place and the fourth team in the league with 20 wins overall at 20-12. The Lady Vikes, with a power ranking of 17, play at Byrd (11-14, 0-12) with a first-round home playoff spot on the line.

Natchitoches Central (13-13, 5-7) travels to Haughton (15-11, 5-7) with the winner moving up to fifth place in 1-5A.

League champion Parkway (26-2, 12-0) will make the trek across the river to face Captain Shreve (13–14, 5-7).

Booker T. Washington, the second place team in 1-4A at 8-2, and 20-11 overall will welcome North DeSoto (8-17, 2-7) to the Lions Den.

Woodlawn (14-13, 5-5) hosts Northwood (15-13, 5-4) with third place on the line in 1-4A.

Minden, at 4-5 in district 1-4A, has a shot at third place with games at Evangel (0-15, 0-9) Tuesday and Huntington (15-6, 10-0) Friday.

Calvary (7-9, 1-3) will host Plain Dealing (10-14, 2-2) Tuesday, Haynesville Thursday and on the road at Ringgold Friday.