Crimson Tide gets 66-62 win; Lady Tiders fall 54-46
SHREVEPORT — The Minden High basketball teams split a pair of varsity games with Calvary Baptist last night. The Crimson Tide came out on top, 66-62, while the Lady Tiders lost, 54-46.
Crimson Tide 66, Cavaliers 62
"It was a tight game through out," Crimson Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "I think our biggest lead was four or five and their's was seven points. It was back and forth all the way."
Shaw said his team struggled offensively, never getting into the flow but pulled out the game with some good defense.
"We were down five points with less than two minutes left," he said. "We got a turnover and a lay-up and then the defense got us the ball back. Dominique Walker then hit a three-pointer to tie it up and C.J. Elkins hit a couple of free throws and then Elgin Moore had a big put back."
Shaw was happy with his bench play.
"We had a couple of guys step up for us and make big plays," he said. "Several guys came off the bench and played well, especially Elgin. He was really a difference maker for us around the basket last night."
Shaw was pleased his team pulled out the close win on the road.
"Road wins are good wins," he said. "This was the kind of game you had to win. The nights you don't play your best, but you just find a way to win. That's the difference in this year and last year, last year we didn't win these games. So that's a good sign."
Elkins led the Tide with 21 points and Walker, Tra Thornton and Moore all scored 10 each. Kevin Hamilton added nine.
Lady Tiders 46, Lady Cavaliers 54
Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown was not happy with the way his team played Tuesday night.
"It was not a very good night," he said. We came out flat and didn't play defense. Actually we were horrible on defense and less than average with the basketball in our hands offensively. It was not a good night and we were fortunate to only be down eight points and the end of the ball game."
The Lady Tiders trailed 16-9 after the first quarter and 27-21 at the half. Both teams played even in the third quarter (6-6), before Calvary topped the Lady Tiders 21-19 in the fourth quarter.
"The bright spot was the ladies came back and tied the game at 40-40 in the fourth quarter," Brown said. "They fought back, but we couldn't finish. We also rebounded the ball pretty well. But I just don't think we were very focused or ready to play. We have to get that fixed before the Holiday Classic."
Anatvia Sterling led Minden with 18 points and six rebounds. Tyia Green scored 10 points and had five rebounds and JaCourtney Neloms had six. Metosha Gill had six points and four rebounds. Carmella Specks added four points and Shabrie Nelson pulled down seven rebounds.