It would have been easy for the Minden High Crimson Tide to lose Monday night.
After all, the boys were riding an emotional high following a sweep in last week's Holiday Classic. They were tired, drained physically and emotionally. And Airline, their 5A opponent Monday, wasn't a bunch of slouches on the hard court.
It was "gut check" time, as Coach Alan Shaw said.
And Minden passed the test, playing well on their way to a 69-61 win against the Vikings.
"I felt last night was a really good effort on our part," Shaw said. "It was a gut check following last week with all the ball games in the tournament. I knew we weren't going to be very fresh and our legs wouldn't be very good. I knew our crowd would be down after the tournament. I knew we had a lot of obstacles to overcome last night, and I thought we did."
Reggie Seamster was the high man for Minden with 17 points. Anfernee Red had 15. C.J. Elkins had 12 and Leondre Forbes added 10.
"We really played well especially defensively," Shaw said. "Also, the bench gave us a spark and we had a lot of balanced scoring.
"Airline was a tough team to beat," he continued. "So to get that win was kind of icing on the cake from all the positives of last week. Everything about last night was good for us."