Natchitoches comes to Shreveport looking for share of title

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Natchitoches Central is making the trek to Shreveport Tuesday for a clash with Captain Shreve and the District 1-5A boys basketball title on the line.

The Chiefs bring with them a 10-2 district record in second place, one game behind the 11-1 Gators. Both teams distanced themselves from the two third-place teams, Southwood and Airline, who are both 8-4.

Shreve’s lone district loss came in Natchitoches to the Chiefs, 47-44. The 47 points is the most surrendered by the Gators in 12 district games.

Natchitoches and Southwood are the only two schools in the district that have scored 70 or more points in a league game with the Chiefs doing it once in a win over last-place Parkway 74-54. The Cowboys have done it twice.

Shreve, 23-5 overall and winners of seven straight, are led in scoring by Kyron Reed’s 12.2 points per game average. Christian Ford is the only other double-digit player, coming in at 10.7, and Davieon Coleman is scoring 9.1 per game. The Gators average 53.1 per game and give up 37.9.

The Chiefs, 20-5 overall and winners of their last five, are led by Dalyn Davis, Devin Helaire, Justin Aaron and Caylin Demars. Natchitoches averages just under 60 points a game at 59.9 and surrenders 48.8.

Airline (15-8, 8-4) will host Southwood (15-15, 8-4) with the winner taking possession of third place. Benton (11-21, 4-8) is at Byrd (12-13, 4-8) and Haughton (15-13, 3-9) plays at Parkway (5-19, 0-12).

District 1-4A will feature a third-place battle at Woodlawn (23-9, 7-3) with Evangel (18-7, 7-3). The winner will move into a second-place tie with Booker T. Washington (21-8, 8-3). First-place Huntington (17-5, 9-1) goes to Northwood (14-14, 4-7) and Minden (4-24, 1-8) will host North DeSoto (3-18, 0-10).

Bossier (22-7, 7-0) has clinched District 1-3A and will close out its district slate entertaining Mansfield (11-9, 4-2).

In a couple of non-district games involving 1-3A schools, Green Oaks (10-16) will host Calvary (20-7) and Loyola (12-17) is on the road at Red River (14-13).