High School Girls’ Basketball: Strong group ready to compete in Battle on the Hardwood Classic at Parkway

The annual Battle on the Hardwood Classic begins Wednesday at Parkway with another very strong field competing over four days.

Eighteen teams participate. Twenty-three matches are scheduled at the Main and Auxiliary Gyms.

Two 2021-22 state champions and two state runners-up are competing.

Wossman won the Class 3A title last season and Northwood-Lena won the Class 1A championship.

Parkway was the Class 5A runner-up and Warren Easton was the Class 4A runner-up.

Parkway features recent LSU signee Mikaylah Williams, named Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Miss Basketball and Class 5A All-State Top Player.

Wossman’s D’Naya Ross and Northwood-Lena’s Na’kiyah Allen were first-team All-State selections last season.

Parkway has all five starters on the team that lost to Ponchatoula 80-79 in double overtime in the Class 5A state championship game. It was one of only two losses last season and the only one against a team from Louisiana.

Parkway plays LaGrange at 8 p.m. Friday and Warren Easton at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Airline, Benton, Bossier and Plain Dealing also compete.

The airline opens the tournament against Delhi at 4 p.m. Wednesday, then returns to play against Homer at 7 a.m. The Lady Vikings take on Northwood-Lena at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Benton faces Woodlawn at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Wossman at 5 a.m. Friday and Brusly at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Bossier plays Plain Dealing at 4 Wednesday, Natchitoches Central at 5 Thursday and Haynesville at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Plain Dealing also plays in Delhi at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Battle on the Hardwood Classic

On the walk

Wednesday

Main gymnasium

Airline against Delhi, 4

Wossman vs. Natchitoches Central, 5:30 a.m.

Mansfield v Haynesville, 7

Auxiliary gymnasium

Bossier vs. Plain Dealing, 4

Airline vs. Homer, 7

Thursday

Main gymnasium

Benton vs. Woodlawn, 3:30

Airline vs. Northwood-Lena, 5

Homer vs. Captain Shreve, 6:30 a.m.

Wossman vs. Warren Easton, 8

Auxiliary gymnasium

Natchitoches Central vs. Bossier, 5

Friday

Main gymnasium

Captain Shreve vs. Northwood-Lena, 3:30

Benton vs. Wossman, 5

Huntington vs. Warren Easton, 6:30 a.m.

Parkway vs. LaGrange, 8

Auxiliary gymnasium

Plain Dealing v Delhi, 3:30

Mansfield v Natchitoches Central, 5

Woodlawn vs. Southwood, 6:30 a.m.

Saturday

Main gymnasium

Bossier vs. Haynesville, 9 a.m.,

Parkway vs. Warren Easton, 10:30 a.m.

LaGrange vs. Huntington, noon

Benton vs. Brusly, 1:30

Auxiliary gymnasium

Delhi vs. Captain Shreve, 10:30 a.m.

Haynesville vs. Southwood, noon

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