Crimson Tide wins, 64-50; Lady Tiders fall, 66-61
SHREVEPORT — The Minden High basketball teams inched closer to closing out their regular schedules with a pair of games at Woodlawn Tuesday night.
The Tide came away with a 64-50 win, and the Lady Tiders lost, 66-61.
"It was a good win," Crimson Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "We played a pretty good ball game, defensively we played well all night. We did a good job of guarding them on the perimeter and not giving them easy shots, and our press seemed to give them problems."
Minden struggled somewhat on offense.
"We didn't shoot the ball great," Shaw said. "But we made plays when we had to. Kevin Hamilton and Anfernee Red really stepped up off the bench and had big games."
Hamilton led the Tide with 15 points and Red scored 14. C.J. Elkins added 11 points.
"We made big plays when we needed them and our defense stepped up," Shaw said. "We have another big game at Fair Park on Friday and then we'll have our Senior Night on Monday."
The Lady Tiders played Woodlawn close all game before losing, 66-61.
"I thought we came out and did some good things early on," Lady Tiders coach Jacob Brown. "But now I think we're in a must-win situation for our last two games."
The Lady Tiders trailed the Lady Knights, 18-13 at the end of the first quarter and 32-29 at the half. Woodlawn out-scored Minden, 18-14 in the third quarter. The Lady Tiders took the fourth, 18-16, but it wasn't enough.
"We were down five early, but we weren't worried," Brown said. "We stayed focused and were playing well. We went on a 14-4 run to take a 27-22 lead in the second quarter, and I really thought we were taking control of the game. But we had some mishaps and some turnovers and Woodlawn went on a 10-0 run to retake the lead."
Brown said his team's lack of defensive rebounding hurt them the as much as anything.
"We gave them too many second-chance opportunities," he said. "But I though for the most part we played pretty well. We just had about a five minute period in the late second and early third periods when we went into a little funk."
Carmella Specks led the team with 23 points and Tiaga Pugh scored 12 points and had six rebounds. Tyia Green and Metosha Gill each added seven points and Antavia Sterling added six.
The Lady Tiders are now 15-13 on the year, 3-5 in district.