The Minden High Lady Tiders split their games Saturday on the final day of play in the Gibsland Bank and Trust Holiday Classic.
In the early game, the Lady Tiders came out very aggressively and forced turnovers on their way to a 52-39 victory over the Lakeview Lady Gators.
"We had a lot of intensity in that game," head coach Jacob Brown said. "We did very well with our full court pressure and made it hard on them to make shots."
Carmella Specks, one of Minden's key players, picked up two quick fouls which gave an opportunity for some non-starters to log valuable minutes in a competitive game.
"That was good, and all of us handled the Lakeview press very well," Brown said. "Lakeview has some very tall girls, some very big defenders to shoot over."
Minden had a 32-18 lead going into the half, and the lead could have been larger if some easy chip shots had fallen in rather than rolling around the basket.
"I was very pleased to hold them to under 20 points in the first half," Brown said.
Lakeview cut the Minden lead to 10 in the third quarter, 44-34, and it was the Minden defense that sealed the win by limiting the Gators to just five points in the final quarter.
"Overall I was very pleased with the effort," Brown said. "We had some areas that we needed to improve on including free throw shooting."
Minden went 12-26 from the free throw line.
The Lakeview victory put Minden in the semifinal round where they ran into a talented Captain Shreve team.
The score was tied at three after two possessions, but that would be the last time the contest was tied as Captain Shreve went on a 16-0 run on their way to a 54-37 victory.
"We just had too many turnovers," Brown said. "This team has dug holes early and done a good job of fighting back."
In the second quarter, Minden made adjustments and cut the deficit to 8 points, 33-25.
"I thought we had found the rhythm of the game offensively and defensively," Brown said. "I thought it would continue into the second half, but then we went out for the third quarter and it was the same as the first quarter only worse."
Captain Shreve outscored Minden 18-1 in the third quarter.
"Overall, we just did not play well," Brown said. "We had 25 turnovers and missed 11 free throws. It's just a recipe for disaster when you don't take care of the ball, miss free throws and can't hit easy layup opportunities."
Captain Shreve went on to lose to El Dorado in the championship game of the Holiday Classic.