The Minden High basketball teams hosted district rival Huntington Friday night in a pair of important District 1-4A games. Unfortunately, Huntington won both games, hurting the district title hopes of both the Tide and Lady Tiders.
The Crimson Tide and Raiders were tied for first place. With a win the Tide would hold sole possession of the district lead, but a loss would drop them to second place. And a loss is what they got, as Huntington beat the Tide, 63-47.
"It was just one of those nights," Minden coach Alan Shaw said. "It was an old-fashioned beating. They were the better team that night. They were more physical than us and I think their size wore us down."
The teams played even in the first quarter (12-12) before Huntington took a 31-24 halftime lead by out-scoring the Tide, 19-12, in the second quarter.
Huntington then out-scored Minden 16-12 and 16-11 in the final two quarters to take the win.
Minden only shot 31% in the game, which hurt the Tide as Huntington's size ruled the paint.
"One thing we knew going into the game was that we had to shoot the ball well," Shaw said. "We knew we had to have a good perimeter night with their size inside. But unfortunately we didn't. With their size, if we don't make more shots than that we knew we were in trouble."
The loss dropped the Tide to 22-5 overall and 5-2 in District 1-4A.
Dominique Walker led the Tide with 15 points and C.J. Elkins added 12. Demmaria Hill scored six points and Reggie Seamster and Tra Thornton both added five.
"It was just one of those nights when things didn't go our way," Shaw said. "We're just going to have to bounce back and get ready for these last three games. Woodlawn, Fair Park and Northwood are all going to be tough, but I think these guys will bounce back."
The Lady Tiders dropped a 69-41 decision to the Lady Raiders.
"The first quarter kind of told the whole story," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "They out-scored us 23-5 and I didn't think we played with any energy or much effort. For whatever reason, we just didn't have much focus. I don't understand why, because we still had an outside chance to win district before this loss."
Huntington proved to be a tough opponent for the Lady Tiders, as they used their size to their advantage.
"They are a good team and they took it to us early," Brown said. "We didn't step up to the challenge. We dug ourselves in a big hole early, and I just don't understand the lack of mental focus we had in the first quarter."
The Lady Tiders were out-scored 14-7 in the second quarter and trailed by 25 points at the half.
Minden out-scored Huntington, 15-13, in the third quarter and both teams emptied their benches in the fourth.
"I don't know why we didn't come out and play well," Brown said. "Huntington was a part of it, as they are a very good team, but we just didn't take care of the basketball or shoot very well. We were also very timid most of the times we tried to go inside. We just have to get things going. These next three games will be key for us. We need to play better than we did on Friday, and I think these girls will respond."
Carmella Specks led the Lady Tiders with 14 points and Antavia Sterling and JaCourtney Neloms both scored seven. Metosha Gill added five points and five rebounds. Tyia Green had five points.