The Minden Lady Tiders stepped up their defense in the third quarter of Tuesday night's game against Calvary on their way to a 40-31 victory.
Minden shut out the Lady Cavaliers in the third quarter, 12-0, and were able to withstand a Calvary rally to secure the win.
"At the end of the first half we were just going through the motions," Lady Tider coach Jacob Brown said. "I challenged the girls in the second half to step up the defense because we were letting them do what they wanted to do with the basketball. You have to dictate what they do when you are on defense."
The team responded with a suffocating quarter that allowed Minden to take a lead Calvary would not be able to overcome.
"That third quarter was the difference in the ball game," Brown said.
Miranda Fisher was the leading scorer for the Lady Tiders. She put up 20 points and 12 rebounds to go along with six steals and five blocked shots.
"She was all over the place," Brown said. "That would have been a pretty good night at the office for anybody."
The win was Minden's second of the year to go along with seven losses. Despite being five games under .500, Brown said he is starting to see glimmers of a great team emerging.
"We have a lot of youth," he said. "We have sophomore getting their first taste of varsity action. It was nice to get that second win."
Brown said the team is learning and working to improve in areas they currently struggle.
Free throw shooting is still a concern. The Lady Tiders went 13-28 from the line against Calvary.
"Hopefully each night we will continue to see progress," he said.