The Minden High Lady Tiders looked as if they were going to cruise to an easy win Monday night after taking a 15-2 first quarter lead over Airline.
"Judging by the final score, you'd never know we were up by 13 points after the first," Minden coach Jacob Brown said. "We played excellent in the first quarter. We looked like we were pulling through the funk we've been in and were running the floor well and playing good defense."
But then Airline found its own rhythm, outscoring Minden 18-3 in the second quarter on their way to a lopsided 59-40 victory.
"I guess the first was our one quarter to play well for the night," Brown said. "The second through fourth quarters, I can't tell you what happened. We had people wide open running down court and we weren't getting back on defense. We weren't blocking out. You name it. The things we did right in first, we didn't do them right the rest of night."
Brown said his team has to figure out how to play smarter and work better as a unit.
"For some reason, we can't seem to figure out what got you the lead can keep you the lead," he said. "Until we figure that out we will continue to play in a funk. I hope that doesn't happen. We just looked like a team that didn't know it was on a basketball court last night."
In addition, Brown said foul trouble continues to plague his team
"The ladies off the bench are playing hard, and I appreciate their efforts," he said. "But our starters have to start playing smarter as a unit."
Carmella Specks was the leading scorer for Minden with 16 points. Courtney Nelams had 10, and Tyia Green added seven.
Next up for Minden is a Thursday tilt at Lakeside.
"This is an important game coming up," Brown said. "We need two good days of practice."