Crimson Tide falls, 70-59; Lady Tiders lose, 71-44
SHREVEPORT — After a one-day delay, the Minden High Crimson Tide and Lady Tiders basketball teams were able to play their District 1-4A games at Huntington High School Wednesday night.
The Crimson Tide fell to Huntington, 70-58, and the Lady Tiders dropped a 71-44 decision to the Lady Raiders.
Raiders 70, Crimson Tide 59
Minden only trailed Huntington, 19-17, at the end of the first quarter, but the Raiders out-scored Minden 24-17 in the second to take a 43-34 halftime lead and went on to win, 70-58.
"I thought we were competitive and played hard," Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "Especially on the defensive end, but we just struggled to make shots. We just had a couple of guys able to score, and some guys that normally score for us didn't step up and make shots last night."
Despite the loss, Shaw still saw some good things from his team.
"I was proud of our effort," he said. "Regardless of the score, we kept fighting back. We'd get behind 12 or 14 points and then we'd cut the lead down to four or five points, but we just couldn't get over the hump."
C.J. Elkins led the Tide with 19 points and Kevin Hamilton added 11. Anfernee Red scored 10 points and Leondre Forbes added eight."
"We have some things we can build on and learn from this game," Shaw said. "We competed hard and never quit playing, but I think they intimidated us a little bit inside because of they're size. That caused us to miss some shots we don't normally miss."
Next up for the Tide, is a Friday night home game with Woodlawn.
"It's going to be a big district game," Shaw said. "I hope we have a big crowd with a lot of support from our community and our students."
The Tide is now 18-4 overall and 1-1 in district.
Lady Raiders 71, Lady Tiders 44
After playing well early, the Lady Tiders failed to slow down Huntington and lost to the Lady Raiders, 70-44.
"We started out pretty decent and led early," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "But then Huntington went on a 14-0 run and took control of the game. We had four or five possession where we missed open lay-ups early, and you could see the girls lose some confidence."
Huntington led 16-4 at the end of the first quarter, and 33-17 at the half.
"Early on we were forcing them into perimeter shots, which was our game plan," Brown said. "But their length hurt us. We didn't block out, and when you're playing two girls that are 6' 3", you're not going to out-jump them, and they got a lot of second-chance baskets."
Huntington then out-scored Minden, 22-12, and 16-15 in the final two quarters.
"We've had other nights where we've fallen behind and were able to cut down the lead and get back into the game," Brown said. "But this was not that night. Turnovers and missed shots really hurt us. We missed some wide-open lay-ups and only shot 25% from the field and 57% from the free throw line. We also had 19 turnovers. When you're playing a team like Huntington, you're not going to win with those numbers."
Carmella Specks led the Lady Tiders with 26 points and Shabrie Nelson and Tijah Pugh both had four.
"We're going to have to regroup," Brown said. "I still think this team has not played it's best basketball. We had moments when we played hard, but when you get yourself into a 16 or 20 point hole, it takes a toll on you. It wa just too much to overcome. It's frustrating, because this team is much better than they are playing. Our next two games are at home, so it's going to be very important for us to get a couple of wins before we start the second round of district play."
The Lady Tiders are now 12-10 on the season and 0-2 in district play.