The Huntington Raiders shrugged off a little early rust after a week off, outscoring the Woodlawn Knights 40-25 in the second half to coast to a 68-52 victory in the District 1-4A opener for each team Tuesday night at Woodlawn High School.
Johnny Woodard, playing his first game since coming back from some academic issues, led the way for the Raiders with 18 points as Huntington improved to 15-2 overall.
“It was good to have Johnny back,” said Huntington coach Mack Jones. “We were definitely a little sluggish after not playing for about a week, but he gave us a little boost out there.”
KaDavion Evans scored 12 points and Aaron Roberson added 10 for the Raiders in the win.
Sidney Bryant fired in a game-high 22 points in defeat for Woodlawn as it fell to 5-11 (0-1 district).
Southwood 70, Booker T. Washington 69: At Southwood, Terion Bell’s 21 points led a trio of Cowboys in double figures as they built a big lead then held on in down the stretch to defeat the Lions.
John Parker fired in 15 points and Tyrek Jones added 13 as Southwood improved to 11-8 on the season despite being outscored 27-12 in the final period.
Bobdrick Thomas scored a game-high 24 points, including four 3-pointers, and Karim El-Amin had 21 – 19 in the second half as BTW was making its charge – as the Lions fell to 6-7. Marvontae Alexander added 11 for BTW in the loss.
Bossier 73, Tioga 69: At Tioga, the Bearkats erupted for eight 3-pointers in the third period alone – 13 for the game, including five each from Devonte Hall and Kentrell Hardy – and upset the highly-touted Indians and LSU-signee Aaron Epps.
Hall scored a game-high 34 points while Hardy fired in 19 as Bossier improved to 13-7 on the season.
Epps scored 27 points as Tioga lost for just the second time this season (19-2).
Fair Park 70, Benton 42: At Benton, the Indians opened District 1-4A play with a comfortable road win over the Tigers.
DeAngelo McClinton led all scorers with 18 points and Emerson Taylor added 13 as Fair Park improved to 11-9 overall and 1-0 in district.
Patrick Edmonds scored 11 points to lead Benton.
Loyola 64, North DeSoto 54: At Loyola, the Flyers jumped out to an early lead after one period and made it stick to take the District 1-4A opener over the Griffins.
Eldrick English scored 25 points and Dominique Kennedy fired in 24 to give Loyola a lethal combination as it improved to 14-6 and 1-0 in district.
Tim Howard led North DeSoto with 14 points, while Terrence Winn dropped in 13 and Emmanuel White added 10 for the Griffins.
Parkway 65, Ruston 58: At Parkway, Juwon Johnson scored 16 points to lead a trio of Panthers in double figures as they rallied to defeat the Bearcats in a tight nondistrict matchup.
Brodrick Jefferson fired in 14 points and Keondre Wudtee added 12 as Parkway improved to 8-6 on the season heading into District 1-5A play.
Natchitoches Central 61, Airline 36: At Airline, the Chiefs bolted out to a 42-19 halftime lead and cruised past the host Vikings in nondistrict play.
Cameron Lard scored 16 points and Austin Guy had 15 to lead Natchitoches Central as it improved to 16-3.
Austin Brannon led Airline with just six points as it fell to 6-13.
Calvary 64, Red River 56: At Calvary, the Cavs erupted for 23 fourth-quarter points while holding the Bulldogs to just seven to pick up the District 1-2A opening win.
Garrett Kochkian led Calvary with 14 points while teammates Shun Brown and Frederick Davis added 11 each as the Cavs improved to 6-6 and 1-0 in district.