Late free throw gives Minden win
Ashton Williams knocked down a free throw with only seconds remaining last night to give Minden High a one point victory over Ringgold.
The 64-63 win places the Tide in the quarterfinal round of the Edward Jones Investments Minden Holiday Classic.
"It was a close game all the way," Minden coach Alan Shaw said. "Both teams are very similar in how we play. We were fortunate to pull it out at the end."
Trey Thornton lead the way with 17 points, while Dominique Walker added 13 and Trey Hawkins had 10. Ashton Williams had seven points including his game winning free throw.
The Tide lead most of the game by as little as one point and by as much as five. Minden was never able to pull away, though, due to some mistakes they made down the stretch.
"That's one thing we have to continue to work on," Shaw said. "We have to learn to finish games. We have to make better decisions late in games and not make costly turnovers."
Shaw said the Tide is young and still improving and any win is something of which to be proud.
"The young kids are starting to get into a rhythm and stepping up," he said.
Everyone will have to step up tonight as the Tide takes on the North Webster Knights, a team Shaw calls "one of the best I've seen in a long time."
Minden will take on North Webster tonight at 8:30. The winner will move on to Saturday's noon semifinal against Captain Shreve.