The Minden Crimson Tide improved to 19-4 overall and 2-1 in district as they beat the Woodlawn Knights, 82-57, Friday night at the Palace at Minden High.
"We played an outstanding first half," Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "We jumped on Woodlawn early. We handled their pressure and got a lot of easy lay-ups. We played good defense and we did a good job on the boards which limited their second chance shots. It was a really good defensive effort."
The Tide jumped out to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter, and then out-scored the Knights, 22-9, in the second quarter to take a 42-17 halftime lead. Woodlawn bounced back and out-scored Minden, 23-20, in the third quarter, but the Tide took the final period, 20-17, to close out the 82-57 win.
"We got a little lazy and a little lax in the second half," Shaw said. "We did not play well at all in the third quarter. We gave them a lot of easy shots and I was disappointed that we didn't keep up the intensity and pressure on defense."
C.J. Elkins led five Crimson Tide players in double figures with 17 points including six on two three-pointers. Anfernee Red scored 14 and Leondre Forbes and Kevin Hamilton each added 13. Reggie Seamster scored 10 points, and Tra Thornton added five.
Shaw wants his team to develop a different mentality.
"The only thing we have to learn is in games like this, when we have teams down, we have to keep them down," he said. "We have to learn that killer mentality. Teams like that get up 20, and then go up by 30. But it was a good district win."
Shaw was disappointed with one aspect of Friday's game, the home crowd.
"It's a shame that a team that is 19-4 doesn't have better support than we had Friday night," he said. "These guys, and the girls'' team, both deserve better support. Hopefully we'll get that Tuesday night when we host Fair Park."