SHREVEPORT —The Minden High basketball teams lost a pair of varsity games at Loyola Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide fell, 53-41, while the Lady Tiders dropped a 68-27 decision.
A lack of offense plagued the Crimson Tide in their loss, as the Tide scored just six points in the first quarter.
"When you score six points in a half, you're not going to win in little league, much less at the varsity level," Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "We shot 13% from the field in the first half and went 0-7 from the free throw line. And it's not a matter of executing our offense or a matter of turnovers. It's just a matter of putting the ball in the hole."
Shaw is worried that a lot of the Tide's offensive struggles are mental.
"I do think some of it is mental," he said. "We're worrying about scoring because we've been in such a drought for the last two or three games. But I've been coaching for 23 years and I've never had a team at any level score just six points in a half, our shooting was dismal."
As bad as the offense was, the defense was good, as the Tide continued their streak of holding teams to under 60 points.
"I still feel defensively we're not doing a bad job," Shaw said. "In the last four games we've held opponents to 52, 45, 46 and 53 points, and in those games we're 1-3. Your supposed to win when you hold a team under 60 points. We just have to find a way to put the ball in the hole."
Despite the lack of scoring, Shaw did see some bright spots in the loss.
"To our credit, we fought all the way back and cut the lead to six points with just two minutes left," he said. "So I can't fault us for a lack of effort. We just need to have some guys step up, especially some of our seniors, and provide some leadership. we're not getting that right now."
Freshman Anfernee Redd led the Tide with nine points and Tra Thornton and Reggie Seamster both added seven. Dominique Walker and D.J. Wallace both had five points
Lady Tiders 27, Lady Flyers 68
The Lady Tiders also had a tough night scoring, as the Loyola Lady Flyers held them to 27 points.
Loyola held Minden scoreless in the first quarter and led the Lady Tiders 36-12 at halftime. Loyola then out-scored Minden 32-15 in the second half.
Anataria Sterling led the Lady Tiders with 14 points and Miranda Fisher scored six.
Both Minden teams will play next in the Calvary Tournament beginning on Thursday.