Girls Varsity Basketball · Benton hands Zachary first loss in St. Michael tournament

— Russell Hedges,

 The Benton Lady Tigers handed Zachary its first loss of the season 64-58 in the St. Michael the Archangel tournament Thursday in Baton Rouge.

Emily Ward led the Lady Tigers with 23 points. Qua Chambers added 18 and Jada Anderson 14.

Rayah Haynes paced Zachary with 21. The Lady Broncos (6-1) reached the second round of the Class 5A playoffs last season.

Chambers scored 10 points in the first quarter as Benton raced to a 26-10 lead. Ward scored 10 in the fourth quarter and hit three 3-pointers in the game.

Benton (3-0) faces Parkview Baptist at 5 p.m. Friday in the tournament.