High school basketball: the airline passes Haughton; ACP wins

The Airline Vikings came out of a sizable first-half deficit to defeat the Haughton Buccaneers 61-51 in a District 1-5A game on Friday night in Haughton.

In the remaining 1-5A games involving parish teams, Parkway fell to Southwood 54-49 at Southwood and Benton lost to Captain Shreve 73-29 at Shreve.

In the other 1-5A game, Natchitoches Central defeated Byrd 57-39 at Byrd.

Captain Shreve (13-4, 2-0) and Natchitoches Central (12-3, 2-0) are tied for first. They are followed by Byrd (8-6, 1-1), Benton (8-14, 1-1), Airline (7-6, 1-1), Southwood (8-12, 1-1), Haughton ( 12-6, 0-2) and Parkway (5-9, 0-2).

In a MAIS District 5-3A match, Providence Classical Academy defeated Tallulah 71-35 at PCA.

At Haughton, the Bucs caught fire while the Vikings were frozen over.

KJ Allen scored 10 points and Laythan Delaney reversed two 3-pointers in the first quarter as Haughton led 18-1.

Driven by Tre Jackson and AJ Coleman, the Vikings began to rally in the second.

Jackson sank two 3-pointers and scored all eight points. Coleman has scored six of his team-high 18.

At halftime, Airline was only 27-21 behind.

The Vikings started the second half strong. Coleman scored eight in the third quarter. Cameron Walker and Colby O’glee scored 3 points. The airline took a 39-35 lead in the fourth.

O’glee scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Vikings took control. He hit another 3 and was 5 of 6 from the free throw line.

Bryson Broom, who finished with nine points, and Coleman each scored four during the quarter.

Allen finished with a high of 21 points. Delaney and Adrian McClindon scored 14 each.

At the PCA, Bowman Lovell amassed 31 points to lead the Knights (13-6, 2-1). Paxton Lovell had 14.

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