SHREVEPORT — The Minden High Lady Tiders trailed early but rallied back to beat Northwood, 56-46, Wednesday night.
"I thought, for the most part we played pretty well," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "We still have some areas to work on, and we're still battling through some injuries, but we had some kids step up and play well."
Northwood used a number of three-pointers to build up a 17-10 first quarter lead.
"They shot the ball extremely well from the three-point line," Brown said. "But I thought we came out and played pretty dang hard right off the bat. It was a very competitive first quarter."
The Lady Tiders responded in the second quarter, out-scoring Northwood, 16-10.
"We really picked up our play in the second quarter," Brown said. "Our defense was exceptional. When we were down 24-18, Antavia Sterling hit a big three-pointer and got fouled for a four-point play that sparked us to cut the lead to 27-26 at the half."
The Lady Tiders closed out the first half on a 13-3 run, which continued as they opened the second half.
"In the first six minutes of the third quarter, we went on a 15-1 run," Brown said. "And it started with some really good defense."
Minden led 41-35 at the end of the third quarter, and Northwood threatened to continue to cut into the lead.
"We had some girls make some plays when they started coming back," Brown said. "Carmella Specks made some big plays down the stretch, and Antavia Sterling hit a big basket and got fouled. Toward the end of the game, we were able to get some stops and made our free throws."
Shabrie Nelson led the Lady Tiders with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Specks scored 19 points and Sterling added 12. Tyia Green dropped in four points and five rebounds.
"I thought when we were down, 21-13, our girls did a really good job of staying composed," Brown said. "They worked hard on defense and took good shots, and we were able to cut down the lead to one-point by halftime. I really think that was the key point in the game."