The Airline boys held on for an 85-81 victory in the boys championship of the Doc Edwards Invitational basketball tournament at the CenturyTel Center Thursday night. The Vikes took a 57-47 lead into the final quarter and built a 70-59 advantage with 3:17 left in the game. The Vikings win was led by Hayden Hildebrand and Josh Hagins did much of the damage from outside and big John Thomas did the dirty work inside to improve to 9-5. For Huntington it was just its second loss in 16 outings.
The Southwood girls led by tournament MVP Jessica Savannah's 14 points defeated Airline 44-35 in the girls championship. Southwood clung to a 29-27 lead going into the last quarter and eventually pulled away. Keona Favis and Jessy Ellis were also named to the all-tournament team for Southwood. Maddy Scheppers, an all-tournament selection, led the Lady Vikes with 14 points. Mykesha Brown was Airline's other all-tournament choice.
Earlier in the afternoon, Byrd's girls downed Plain Dealing 53-37 in the girls third place game and Bossier pulled away from Zwolle in the second half of a 62-47 win in the boys third place game.
The final championship session had an attendance of 3,015.