The Minden High Basketball teams traveled to Homer Monday night for a little pre-Thanksgiving court action.
Both teams came away winners, as the Crimson Tide beat the Pelicans, 72-65 and the Lady Tiders won 54-50.
Crimson Tide 72, Pelicans 65
"We played pretty well," Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "Overall I was pleased with the way we played for our first game."
But Shaw did see somethings the Tide needs to improve on.
"We made some mistakes that you would expect early in the year," he said. "We turned the ball over and missed some easy shots. But we played really good defense all night and I think that was the key for us."
Shaw was pleased with the balanced scoring he got from his team.
"It was good to have five players in double figures," he said. "When you get balanced scoring like that, you can beat a lot of people."
C.J. Elkins led the Tide with 15 points and Dominique Walker added 13. Anfernee Redd scored 12, Reggie Seamster 12 and Tra Thornton 10.
All in all, Shaw was pleased with the Tide's first outing.
"We played well, but they're a few things we need to improve on," he said. "We need to cut down on our turnovers, take care of the ball better down the stretch and hit the boards better. But it was a good first win and a good way to start the season."
Lady Tiders 54, Lady Pels 50
The Lady Tiders struggled early, but came back to get the four-point win.
"For our first game I thought we did some good things," Lady Tiders head coach jacob Brown said. "But we still have some things we need to clean up."
The lady Tiders turned the ball over on their first four possessions before calming down.
"We came out slow early," Brown said. "We didn't even get a shot off on our first few possessions. But as the quarter went on, we stepped up the pace. We did a good job in transition, we started getting rebounds and getting out on the break, and we went on a 15-3 run at the end of the first quarter."
The Lady Tiders led 16-9 after one, but Homer out-scored Minden, 14-6 in the second quarter to take a 23-22 halftime lead.
"Homer went into a zone to try to cut down on our transition game," Brown said. "They limited our shots and my biggest gripe was that we didn't work hard enough for a good shot. We were content to take whatever shot we had after one or two passes."
The two teams traded baskets in the third quarter, with Homer out-scoring Minden, 12-11 to lead 35-33 going into the fourth quarter.
"I really challenged the girls at this point," Brown said. "We were giving up some easy baskets, and we weren't playing the type of defense that I expect them to play."
The Lady Tiders responded to Brown, as they out-scored the Lady Pels, 21-14 in the fourth quarter.
"I thought we got back to the transition game and pushed the basketball," Brown said. "Antavia Sterling and Ja'Courtney Neloms both hit some big shots in the quarter and we picked up our full court pressure."
Carmela Specks led the Lady Tiders with 19 points, six rebounds and two assists. Neloms added 15 points and Sterling had eight points and five rebounds. Shabrie Nelson scored seven points and had nine rebounds and Tyia Green added five points and five rebounds. Metosha Gill dished out three assists.
Minden High will be off until next Tuesday when they host Lakeside High School.