Lakeside beats North DeSoto; Minden falls to Green Oaks
Minden High and Lakeside both played opening round games at the Haughton Tournament on Wednesday and came away with different outcomes.
The Warriors defeated North DeSoto, 49-45, while the Crimson Tide fell to Green Oaks, 55-51.
Lakeside will now advance to play a semifinal game against tournament host Haughton at 8:15 Friday night at BPCC. Minden will take on Benton today at 5:25 p.m. in the losers bracket.
Lakeside 49, North DeSoto 45
The Warriors jumped out early and led 14-9 at the end of the first quarter, before the Griffins came back to tie the game at halftime, 22-22. The Warriors then took the third quarter (10-9) and fourth quarter (17-14) to take the win.
"It was good to get our first win," Lakeside head coach Jason Gould said. "We're happy to get it, but it was ugly as heck. We had too many turnovers and a lot of bad decisions, but one way or another we came away with the win."
Davion Whiting led Lakeside with 13 points and five assists and Jamarion Teal added 13 points and nine rebounds. Frankie Miles scored eight points as did Lance Williams, who hit a couple key free throws down the stretch. Darryl Moore scored six and DeAndre Shehee added four.
Green Oaks 55, Minden 51
Green Oaks led for most of the game, and despite coming back to tie the game in the fourth quarter, the Tide couldn't get over the hump.
"I didn't think we played very well," Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "We're not a physical ball club. We're more of a finesse team, and Green Oaks is very physical. The officials let the teams play and that bothered us. We just didn't handle it well."
Minden trailed just 8-7 at the end of the first quarter, but Green Oaks out-scored the Tide, 14-7, in the second half to take a 22-14 halftime lead.
"We let them dictate the game to us in the first half," Shaw said. "Offensively, we didn't penetrate. We settled for jump shots, and not open jump shots. We just didn't handle the physical play very well."
The Tide played much better in the second half, out-scoring Green Oaks, 19-14 in the third quarter, before the Giants took the fourth, 19-18.
"To our credit, we did fight back," Shaw said. "We were down 11 in the third quarter and cut it back to three. Then we were down eight in the fourth and came back to tie it up. We had our chances down the stretch and just didn't make plays. We had chances to make a couple of stops, and we didn't do that. It was just a game where we just looked out of sync."
C.J. Elkins led Minden with 14 points and Dominique Walker and Tra Thornton both had 11. Reggie Seamster scored eight points, Kevin Hamilton had five and Anfernee Red had two.