Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Minden High falls to Salmen, 82-48

DSC 8831Sluggish offense leads to Crimson Tide defeat

SLIDELL — The Minden Crimson Tide were eliminated from the LHSAA Class 4A playoffs after an 82-48 loss to Salmen High School.

"We picked the worst night of the year to have our worst shooting game," Crimson Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "We shot just 21% from the field and just couldn't make a basket. We just struggled offensively."

And while the Tide struggled, Salmen was playing with a hot hand.

"We ran into a buzz saw," Shaw said. "They made 14 three-pointers and shot the ball really well all night."

The Tide made the opening shot of the game, but that was the last time they would lead, as Salmen immediately went on a 10-0 run.
Minden only trailed 18-10 after the first quarter, and 30-18 at the half.

"We played competively in the first half," Shaw said. "We were still in the game at halftime. We had a chance to make a run, but didn't. And then Salmen made a big run early in the fourth quarter to put the game away."

Salmen out-scored the Tide, 21-9 in the third quarter and 31-21 in the fourth.

Salmen's hot shooting continued in the second half, as Spartans Eric Bell, Corey Vinson, and Dwayne Williams combined to go 12-of-13 from the field for 29 of the team's 52 second-half points.

Salmen out-scored the Tide, 21-9 in the third quarter and 31-21 in the fourth.

Anfernee Red led the Tide with 13 points and C.J. Elkins scored 11. Kevin Hamilton added seven.

The Crimson Tide finished the year at 25-6.

"It was a disappointing way to end the year," Shaw said. "But we had a great season. We had a big turnaround from last year. I'm just proud of the guys and the effort they gave this year."






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