The Minden High Lady Tiders won their first district game of the year, as they beat Woodlawn, 56-37, Friday night at home.
The Lady Tiders busted out of the gate, leading 15-9 after the first quarter and 36-15 at the half.
"I thought we came out early and played extremely hard," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "We played very good defense. I was very pleased because everything we were doing started on the defensive end of the floor."
In the first quarter, Woodlawn cut the lead to 11-8, and the lady Tiders promptly went on a 14-1 run.
"That run featured some very good defense," Brown said. "We contested every shot and had a hand in every three-point shooter's face and a body in front of them all. That was a very important time, as it allowed us to build up a 36-15 halftime lead."
Woodlawn actually out-scored Minden, 22-20, in the second half. But the damage had already been done.
"We were still playing good defense in the third quarter, but we couldn't convert on the other end," Brown said. 'But I was really excited and pleased with how we played on both ends of the court during the game."
Brown said there were a number of keys to the Lady Tiders getting their first district win.
"The three keys were that we only had seven turnovers, we out-rebounds them 38 rebounds for the Lady Tiders, and we had 15 assists," he said. "That's just pheromonal. We took care of the basketball and played good team basketball. We really had some girls step up and play some good basketball."
JaCourtney Neloms led the Lady Tiders with 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Carmella Speckes had 14 points and four rebounds, Shabrie Nelson had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Tiaga Pugh had 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks.
"JaCourtney played the most complete game she's played since she's been here," Brown said. "She, Carmella and Tyia Green all did a good job of beating their press and taking care of the basketball. I think Carmella had her best defensive game. Tyia and Metosha Gill did a great job of shutting down their best three-point shooters, and Tiaga had a big game and played very good defense. Shabrie's double-double was also nice. It was a real team effort. I was very happy with our effort for all four quarters. We played very inspired and determined basketball."