Team celebrates Senior Night with two district wins
The Minden High basketball teams celebrated Senior Night with a pair of district wins over Northwood Monday night.
The Lady Tiders rolled past the Lady Falcons, 78-24, and the Tide won a roller coaster of a game, 68-67.
"It was probably one of the most emotional and unusual games that I have ever been a part of," Crimson Tide coach Alan Shaw said. "The ebb and flow, the ups and down of the ball game were something I've never been a part of."
The Tide trailed 39-26 at the half, and was facing a big deficit in the fourth quarter.
"To be down 17 in the fourth quarter and come back and win, was just incredible," Shaw said. "As bad as we played for three quarters, and we were about as bad as we could be, to come back was something else. When we challenged them, they really responded in a positive way and literally left everything out on the court, and because of that, we came away with a victory."
The Tide out-scored Northwood, 31-19 in the final quarter to pull out the 68-67 win.
"We had a number of kids step up for us, they all did defensively in the fourth," Shaw said. "C.J. Elkins and Kevin Hamilton really came through for us in the fourth quarter. Kevin had 12 points (three three-pointers and a three-point play) and C.J. had 14 in the quarter. Those two guys really stepped up offensively for us."
Elkins led the Tide with 18 points and Hamilton finished with 15. Reggie Seamster added 11 points and Tra Thornton had nine. Anfernee Red scored eight and Leondre Forbes had four. Elgin Moore dropped in two.
Minden now awaits their playoff opponent.
"It was a huge win going into the playoffs," Shaw said. "Hopefully we can carry over some of this momentum. We'll find out sometime Thursday afternoon who we'll play. We're pretty certain we're gonna have to travel south."
The Tide ended the regular season 25-5 and 8-2 in district.
The Lady Tiders improved to 16-14 as they put everything together in their 78-24 rout of Northwood.
"We really came out and played extremely well," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "We did a lot of good things defensively and we shot the ball terrific. Things just worked out well tonight."
The Lady Tiders started fast and kept applying the pressure through the first three quarters, before easing off in the fourth.
"We came out on a 13-1 run and led 31-4 at halftime," Brown said. "We were shooting the ball well from the inside and the outside, and that carried over to the second quarter. We out-scored them 20-7 to take a 51-11 halftime lead."
The Lady Tiders out-scored Northwood, 22-5 in the third before the Lady Falcons took the fourth, 8-5.
"Tonight was just a very good night for our seniors to go out on," Brown said. And it showed our younger girls how well we can play. We played terrific ball and I was very proud."
Carmella Specks led the Lady Tiders with 23 points and Antavia Sterling and JaCourtney Neloms both added 11. Tiaga Pugh scored nine points and had nine rebounds, and Shabrie Nelson had eight and six. Metosha Gill added eight points and six rebounds.
"Last week we had a tough week," Brown said. "We had some tough games that didn't go our way. But we were able to put it together and take care of business tonight. I really commend and praise this team for the way they came out and played."
Now the Lady Tiders wait to hear if they did enough to make the 4A playoffs.
"We're kind of on the bubble right now," Brown said. "We need to see what happens when the final power ranking come out. But we're going to continue to prepare for the playoffs until we find out something different."