SHREVEPORT — The Minden High basketball teams dropped a pair of district games to Northwood Friday night.
The Lady Tiders struggled offensively again Friday night as they fell to Northwood, 59-31.
"We will continue to get passes until we can handle the press better," Lady Tider head coach Jacob brown said. "We tried to dribble through the pressure and we would dribble into hot spots and good trapping areas. That's something we discuss every day in practice. We just didn't play with any smarts."
Things started out positive for the Lady Tiders, as they posted an early lead.
"We jumped out to a 7-0 lead early," Brown said. "We did a good job breaking the press early on, we did a good job moving the ball up the court and finding the open person. But our lead quickly disappeared."
The Lady Tiders led 9-8 at the end of the first quarter, but were out-scored 19-8 in the second quarter to trail 27-17 at the half.
"Pretty much every point they scored in the second quarter was in transition off a turnover," Brown said. "The second quarter was probably the worst I've seen us handle pressure this year. We didn't handle the pressure at all in the second."
Contributing to the halftime deficit was 11 missed free throws.
"It was disappointing that we were just seven of 18 from the free throw line," Brown said. "To have 18 free throw opportunities in the first half on the road was something that would have kept us in the game."
Things didn't go much better for the Lady Tiders in the second half as Northwood took the final two quarters by the scores of 19-6 and 13-8.
"Instead of just one bad quarter, we had three," Brown said. "A lot of it was the effort and not being able to be mentally strong while handling adversity. For the most part in the second half I was pretty much embarrassed with the way we played. I wasn't pleased with our effort or the execution. Everything we discussed personnel-wise and scheme-wise before the game showed up, but we didn't take advantage of it. We were not able to take away Northwood's strength and let them do what they wanted."
Miranda Fisher led the Lady Tiders with 16 points and Rachel shine added six.
"We'll try to grow from this," Brown said. "We've got Huntington Tuesday night and we'll try to play better and get our first district win. I'm challenging the girls to come out and play much more consistent."
The Lady Tiders are now 5-14 overall and 0-2 in district.
The Crimson Tide fell to 0-2 in district and 8-12 overall with a 68-51 district loss to the Northwood Falcons on Friday.
Northwood used two big quarters to build a big lead and then withstood a furious Minden comeback in the fourth quarter to take the win.
Northwood led 17-9 at the end of the first quarter and then 36-22 at the half. The Falcons then out-scored the Tide 21-8 in the third quarter to go into the the final quarter with a 57-30 lead. The Tide out-scored Northwood by 10 (21-11) in the fourth, but it was too little, too late.
Dominique Walker led Minden with nine points and Vittorio Davis scored seven. Tray Hawkins, scored six and Tra Thornton added five.