SHREVEPORT — The Minden High Crimson Tide took care of business Wednesday night by beating Northwood, 74-62, setting up a big match-up with Huntington on Friday.
"It was a tough one," Crimson Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "It was a hard-fought ball game, just like I thought it would be. And now it sets up a game for first place Friday night."
Minden trailed early and the lead went back and forth late before the Tide put it away.
"We were down nine in the second quarter, and then made a run to tie it by halftime," Shaw said. "But then we got down 11 points with about four minutes left in the third."
The Tide was able to cut the deficit to five points by the end of the third quarter, and then took over in the fourth out-scoring Northwood, 29-12.
"We were only up four or five points with about two minutes to go," Shaw said. "Then C.J. (Elkins) hit a big three-pointer and then we made some free throws down the stretch to pull away."
Elkins led the Tide with 21 points and Dominique Walker and Anfernee Red both scored 12. Reggie Seamster and Leondre Forbes both scored nine points and Kevin Hamilton added six.
"C.J. has become our go-to guy, especially down the stretch," Shaw said. "But last night we had a lot of contributors. Defensively our bench really stepped up for us. I thought Anfernee came in and played really well and made some big plays for us. And Dammario Hill came in and was our defensive stopper. We put him on their best player and he shut them down."
The win sets up Friday night's game with Huntington, with the winner taking first place out-right in District 1-4A.
"I think our kids know what's at stake," Shaw said. "We're a little beat up and tired right now, but I think the emotion of the game will take over and we hop that everyone comes out and support us.
The Tide is now 22-4 on the year, 5-1 in district play.