Crimson Tide tops Benton, Lady Tiders fall to Ruston
HAUGHTON — The Minden High School basketball teams split a pair of games at the Haughton Tournament on Thursday.
The Crimson Tide beat Benton, 64-56, and the Lady Tiders fell to Ruston, 58-53.
The Crimson Tide jumped out early on the Tigers and held on at the end to get the win.
"We had moments where we played extremely well," Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "We really got off to a good start. We jumped out on them and had a really good first quarter."
The Tide led 18-5 at the end of the first quarter and 31-19 at the half.
"We shot the ball well early and got a nice lead," Shaw said. "We kind of coasted after that. Benton made a big run in the fourth quarter to make it close, but we held on at the end."
The Tide led Benton 50-36 going into the fourth quarter, and the Tigers out-scored the Tide, 20-14 in the fourth to close the gap somewhat.
C.J. Elkins led the Tide with 30 points and Dominique Walker added 15. Reggie Seamster scored eight points and Anfernee Red added six. Elkins and Walker each hit three three-pointers.
"C.J. really played well and played aggressively and had a big game," Shaw said. "And Dominique shot the ball well. Defensively, we stepped it up and shut down their inside game. Overall, I thought we played pretty well."
The Tide will play Longview (Texas) tonight at 8:15 at Haughton.
The Lady Tiders started slow, but came back to make a run at Ruston.
"Ruston jumped out on us 16-2 in the first 3 1/2 minutes," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "We were lackadaisical with the basketball and didn't take care of it very well. We just gave them too many easy transitional baskets."
Ruston led 22-11 at the end of the first quarter and 29-19 at the half.
"We got off to a real sloppy start," Brown said. "But the girls remained composed and played extremely hard. We made some changes about 3 1/2 minutes in and subbed in five girls. I thought the play of those girls was very important in the way we handled the rest of the game."
The Lady Tiders came out on fire in the third quarter and made a run.
"We came out and out-scored them 17-6 in the third quarter and went on a run on them and was up by four points at one time," Brown said. "I thought we executed on both ends in the third quarter."
The Lady Tiders led by one going into the fourth, but the comeback seemed to drain something out of the Lady Tiders.
"When you have to overcome a big early deficit like we did, it does take a toll on you late in the game," Brown said. "Ruston out-scored us 23-17 in the fourth. But I thought our defense was phenomenal in the middle two quarters, but we gave up 45 points in the first and last quarters."
Carmela Specks led the Lady Tiders with 21 points and three rebounds. Metosha Gill added 12 points and four rebounds and Ja'Courtney Neloms had six points and three assists. Antavia Sterling added six points.
Despite the loss, Brown was pleased with his team.
"There were plenty of good signs," he said. "The girls competed the whole game and never quit. We're also getting some balanced scoring and that's encouraging. We showed a lot of positives in the game, but we still have some things we need to work on."
The Lady Tiders are now 2-1 on the season and will play Richwood today at 4 p.m. If they win, they will play Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at BPCC.