Welcome to the weekly Shreveport-Bossier Journal Prep Hoops Report

As we round up Week 3 of the high school basketball season in Shreveport-Bossier, the action on the hardwood has been hot and heavy. Most of the schools in the twin cities have gotten off to hot starts on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. 

Here in the weekly SBJ Prep Hoops Report, we will talk about who is streaking, what happened this week, and give readers a feel of what the weekend holds.

Milestone victory 

Tuesday night was a special night in the city as coach Mack Jones of Huntington was honored for achieving his 700th win last week in the Raiders’ contest with Loyola. He achieved the milestone by defeating Airline during the David Bryant Classic. The Journal’s John James Marshall wrote an excellent story spotlighting Jones in Tuesday’s edition – use the search feature to enjoy it.

Road trippin’ 

Six boys’ teams in the area will take their act on the road this weekend. Captain Shreve will play in the Carroll tournament as the Gators try to maintain their momentum after wins over 1-4A teams Bossier and Woodlawn. 

Bossier, Huntington, and Southwood will travel to Lake Charles to play in the Showdown in the Lake.  Each team has a chance to play on Saturday night in the final. They can also come out of this event winless facing perennial powers Wossman, Madison Prep, and ASH. 

Woodlawn will make its annual trip to South Beauregard and Airline will take a drive to Texarkana to face Texas High on Saturday after a Friday night tilt with Class B powerhouse Simsboro.

Right here at home 

The Haughton Bucs are hosting Evangel, Parkway, Byrd, Minden, and Plain Dealing in the Jack Clayton Invitational, which concludes tonight.  Minden, Evangel, and Haughton took victories on night one.  Byrd is still looking for its first victory of the season and will try to get it against either Plain Dealing or Evangel.  The Eagles can go undefeated for the week with three wins in Haughton.  Green Oaks, BTW, Loyola, and Calvary girls and boys will all rest this weekend as they all played on Thursday night.

On the girls’ side, Northwood is playing host to area teams in its tournament.  Southwood has played well without Northwestern State signee Jermisha Frierson, who tweaked an ankle but should be back soon, possibly for the Huntington game.

Minnie Williams has guided the Lady Cowboys, leading them in scoring against BTW on Tuesday and Mansfield on Thursday. They will play in the semifinals Friday night against either Captain Shreve or North Caddo.  The top half of the draw has host Northwood, Haynesville, Plain Dealing, and Green Oaks. All tournament games will conclude Saturday.

Girls hit the road 

The Parkway Lady Panthers continue their hellacious schedule as they participate in the girls’ version of the Showdown in the Lake.  They have potential foes such as Fairview, Wossman, Rosepine, and Lafayette.  While the Lady Panthers went winless during games against out-of-state foes, they have pretty much dominated in-state competition.  We will see if they make the championship on Saturday in the Lake.

Airline, Benton, and Byrd are also road warriors this weekend as they travel to various parts of the Boot.  Byrd will play in the Doyline tournament, Airline will head to Quitman, and Benton will head down south to play in a tournament at Denham Springs.

Teams of the Week 

The C.E. Byrd Lady Yellow Jackets are 5-2 to begin the season and have won five of their last six games. 

As far as the boys’ side of things, Captain Shreve has rattled off four straight.  Depending on how they do at Carroll this weekend, they can run that streak up to seven.

Next Thursday, we will recap the weekend and highlight some of the top games next week on the SBJ Prep Hoops Report.

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