The Lakeside Warriors and Minden Crimson Tide renewed their Webster Parish rivalry Monday night at the Minden High gym.
The game was back and forth most of the way, but in the end, the Warriors pulled out a 51-45 win.
“It was just another Lakeside, Minden battle,” Lakeside head coach Jason Gould said. “It wasn’t a pretty win for us, but it was a much needed one. It will help us with the power points and help us get to the playoffs.”
Minden head coach Alan Shaw thought his team played well in the first half but not the second.
“It was a tale of two halves,” he said. “In the first half we shot 50% from the field, only had four turnovers and played good defense. In the second half, we shot 20%, turned the ball over 12 times and that was the difference in the ball game.”
Shaw said his team continues to struggle offensively.
“We couldn’t score and when we tried to put the ball in the basket, we’d miss or turn the ball over,” he said. “One other factor was they have T.J. Carpenter and we don’t. He’s a very good player and made a lot of big plays for them.”
Lakeside jumped out early to lead 15-12 at the end of the first quarter, but Minden out-scored Lakeside 15-7 in the second quarter to take a 27-22 lead at the half. The Warriors then out-scored the Tide 17-9 and 12-9 in the final two quarters to close out the win.
“It was back and forth for most of the game,” Gould said. “The second quarter was all Minden and they were able to take a halftime lead. We didn’t play very well in the second and they converted on a number of our turnovers.”
The Tide also hit three three-pointers in the second quarter. But after halftime, the Warriors made some adjustments and retook the lead and went on for the win.
“If we had shot better form the free throw line, we may have pulled away a little sooner,” Gould said. “Our free throw shooting was horrible, we only made 14 of 25 free throws and it almost cost us the game.”
Freshman Anfernee Redd led the Tide with 14 points and 11 rebounds. D.J. Wallace added 11 points.
T.J. Carpenter led Lakeside with 19 points and Tarus Erving scored 13. Nyles Moore had a good game on the defensive side with six blocks.