DOYLINE — Wednesday night was the first night of the Doyline Tournament, and the Doyline boys team started off with a bang, beating Haynesville, 77-60.
"I thought we played well," Panthers head coach Michael Normand said. "We jumped out on them 26-13 in the first quarter. Haynesville is still missing some players that are still playing football, but they played hard."
After the good start, Normand said his team's play fell off.
"We actually played sloppy after the first quarter," he said. "We tried to make plays outside of what we normally do."
The Panthers righted their play and finished strong.
"It was a good win," Normand said. "We got to play a lot of kids, which is good when you're playing in your own tournament. We just made too many mental mistakes, but that happens when you build up a big lead, hopefully we didn't create any bad habits."
Donnie Brooks led the Panthers with 26 points and Lawrence Hester added 21. Justice Lindsey and Johnny Feaster both scored 10.
The tournament will continue today with four more games.
"We think today's going to be a good day at the tournament," Normand said. "We have some really good games with really good teams. The tournament is getting bigger and better, and we're proud of that. We've actually had to turn down some teams because we only have one gym and a tight schedule. But we have a lot of competition in both brackets and we're expecting some exciting games."
In other games Wednesday night, the North DeSoto girls beat Haynesville, 52-28. In the boys games, Red River defeated North DeSoto, 57-52 and Byrd and Woodlawn went into overtime, with the Yellow Jackets taking the 90-80 win.
3:30 p.m. Haughton vs. Simsboro (girls)
5 p.m. Minden vs. Lakeside (girls)
6:30 p.m. Lakeside vs. Simsboro (boys)
8 p.m. Minden vs North Caddo (boys)
The Doyline Lady Panthers will play Gibsland-Coleman at 5 p.m. on Friday.