Cameron Elkins leads Crimson Tide with 23 points
The Minden Crimson Tide closed out their 2011-12 basketball season with a 78-62 home loss to the Loyola Flyers.
The Tide ended the season with an 11-18 record.
"This has been a difficult year for us," Minden head coach Alan Shaw said. "And we knew going in that it was going to be a growing year for us with a lot of young guys that were going to have to grow into their positions"
Monday night, the Tide played Loyola well, but one quarter cost Minden in the end.
The two teams played to a 14-14 tie after one quarter, but Loyola then out-scored Minden 22-8 in the second. The team played the last two quarters (21-19, 21-21) very close.
"Most of the game was close," Shaw said. "But that second quarter took us out of the game. I felt really good about how we were playing in the first quarter, but we just went ice-cold shooting the ball in the second quarter."
Cameron Elkins led the Tide with 23 points and Dominique Walker added seven.
"It was kind of a disappointing end," Shaw said. "We came out and played well in the first quarter, but things kind of fell apart on us in the second quarter. We couldn't score, we tried rotating some fresh players in but we couldn't get it going. It was a combination of us not making shots and Loyola playing really well."
Despite the final record, this Minden team was close to a much better season.
"We talked about this being the year of almost," Shaw said. "We almost won so many games, we almost were up in district and we almost got there so many times, but we just couldn't make the plays to get there."
With the experience his young player got this year, Shaw can see a bright future for this Tide team.
"As disappointing as the year was, we did see some growth," he said. "We won some big games down the stretch and with what our freshman and JV teams did, we're hoping if the guys will really work hard in the off-season and make it a point to get better individually and as a team, that next year can be a good year for us."