With most district races having winners and even some teams that having completed its regular seasons, the spotlight shifts to Bossier High on Tuesday.
The Bearkats (13-10, 7-2 District 1-3A) may not have their 64-game district winning intact, but the program can keep its district title streak alive by beating Evangel (23-8, 8-1) on Tuesday.
The Eagles clinched at a least a share of the district title, but a Bossier win would hand the Bearkats at least a share of each district title since Jeremiah Williams’ second season in 2008-09 (would be seven straight).
“We’re excited about the parity in our district with tough games throughout — that gets you ready for the playoffs,” Williams said. “There are several playoff-caliber teams in this district.
“We’ve been searching for our identity this season with just one (returning starter back in Kentrell Hardy) … and we’re figuring each other out.”
Evangel beat Bossier on the Eagles’ home floor 41-40 on a Tim Stokes’ basket in the waning seconds. The Eagles haven’t won a district title since 2010-11 (District 1-2A).
“We’ve played well as of late, but it’s about what have you for me lately,” said Evangel coach Reni Mason. “(Tuesday) night has a lot of significance with the chance to win the district outright, but it’s also another chance to get better.
“Bossier is such a premier program and they have great support from their fans. We do anticipate a large crowd and intense environment, and to win a state title, you have to win in those environments.”
Boys bubble watch
More than a shared district title is on the line for Bossier.
The Bearkats sit at No. 16 in the Class 3A power ratings (kenramsey.com) with just a .08 lead on No. 17 Vidalia, so a win in Tuesday’s regular season finale would likely clinch a first-round home playoff game.
Evangel is No. 5 is Class 3A.
Southwood slid to Class 5A No. 14 and has a .32 lead over No. 17 Central Lafourche for a home game.
In Class 4A, No. 34 Minden needs help to make the playoffs, sitting two spots and .28 points out with just a game against Class B Simsboro remaining.
Two Class 2A teams sit on the bubble with No. 31 Lakeside having .12-point edge on No. 33 Springfield with No. 34 Red River in pursuit just .13 points away from the No. 32 spot, currently held by Menard. Lakeside’s schedule is complete but Red River plays Fair Park on Friday.
In Class 1A, No. 16 Grambling has moved into a home playoff game with a .05 lead over No. 17 Ascension Episcopal. Plain Dealing, at No. 18, is in pursuit just .17 points behind Grambling. Grambling is finished with its regular season while Plain Dealing plays Summerfield on Friday.
Haynesville (No. 30) and St. Mary’s (No. 31) are likely playoff participants.
In Class C, Gibsland-Coleman has the fourth and final bye locked up.
Parkway’s Hill expected to return
Parkway senior center Tristan Hill is expected to return to the team for Tuesday’s contest against Byrd after missing three games with a collapsed lung.
Coach Mike Guess said doctors cleared Hill on Monday to play.
“They don’t know how it happened. (Tristan) was complaining of chest pains … and doctors said he has a weakness in part of his lung, and that air was escaping and collapsed to that portion,” Guess said. “They also found that one of his heart valves that’s supposed to be a tricuspid valve is only a bicuspid valve.
“He’s a 6-foot-3 kid that gives us a strong three-man rotation at (power forward and center). He’s able to sub for (Juwon Johnson) and (Artavious Lynn), and we’ve struggled without him.”
Benton golf wins opening tournament
Benton ran away with the Mardi Gras Classic on Monday in Lafayette by firing a one-round 299 to beat the field by 21 strokes.
Jacob Wyatt won the event with a 2-under 70 with teammate Hayden White finishing second (73). Other scorers include Corbin Cantrell (78), David Cole (78) and Shane Cram (80).