DOYLINE—The Doyline Tournament was able to move back to Doyline High School for the final two nights of games, and the Woodlawn girls and Byrd boys' teams came away with the championships.
The Minden High Lady Tiders made their way to the Championship Game, where they lost to Woodlawn, 69-43.
"The championship game didn't quite go as we wanted it to," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "I think the semi-final game (a 61-56 win over Dubach earlier in the day) took a lot out of us. But the ladies still played hard. I just think mentally and physically we were drained."
Woodlawn started hot, jumping out to a 25-15 lead after the first quarter.
"We haven't given up 25 points in a quarter all year long," Brown said. "It wasn't that we weren't playing good, Woodlawn hit five three-pointers and that was big. Woodlawn hit a barrage of three's in the first half."
Woodlawn out-scored Minden 17-11 in the second quarter to push their lead to 42-26 at the half.
"We missed some opportunities in the second quarter where we could have cut into the lead," Brown said. "We missed some free throws and got into some foul trouble. But Tynesia Harris came off the bench and played real well."
Woodlawn then out-scored the Lady Tiders, 27-17, in the second half to get the win and the tournament title.
Carmela Specks led the Lady Tiders with 12 points and five rebounds. Harris added 10 points and three rebounds and Antavious Sterling added seven points and Metosha Gill had four.
"It was good for this team to get this far in a tournament and earn the chance to win a championship," Brown said. "We did a lot of good things Wednesday through Saturday. The ladies now know what it takes to win a title, so that should carry over for us."
In the semi-finals, the Minden Lady Tiders defeated Dubach, 61-56.
"Dubach is a very good Class C team and we knew it would be a very tough ball game," Brown said. "The fans that were there certainly got their money's worth, as it went down to the wire. It was back and forth for the whole fourth quarter. But we were able to pull out the win."
Specks led the team with 24 points and Gill added 14. JaCourtney Neloms added 12 points and four rebounds and Tyia Green scored six. Shabrie Nelson had four points and five rebounds and Sterling added two key free throws late in the game, and four rebounds.
Friday night, the Lady Tiders defeated Haughton, 50-44.
"We came out sloppy and didn't play very well early," Brown said. "We didn't take care of the basketball or execute our offense."
Haughton jumped out to a 12-0 lead and led 15-2 at the end of the first quarter.
"But we picked it up in the second quarter," Brown said. "We out-scored them 16-8 to cut the lead to 23-18 at the half. The comeback started on the defensive end, and it really allowed us to get back in the ball game."
The Lady Tiders came out and played Haughton in the third quarter, before going on a 7-0 run right before the third quarter buzzer. That 7-0 run turned into a 22-6 run into the fourth to put Minden up 46-40.
"Shabrie Nelson, Antavious Sterling, Metosha Gill and Carmella specks all made some big plays and big shots during the big run," Brown said. "I was really pleased with the way we played. I can't say enough about the character of these girls. They play well together. They're not selfish and they're a fun group to watch. They will only get better the more we play."
Specks led the team with 24 points and five rebounds and Gill added 14 points. Nelson had 11 points and three rebounds and Sterling had four points and three rebounds.
Crimson Tide 73, Simsboro 82
The Minden Crimson Tide fell to the undefeated Simsboro Tigers, 82-73 on Friday.
"We played hard, but didn't play a complete game," Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "Simsboro is a very good team, they were 13-0 at the time. It was a game we could have won, but we were beat by a pretty good team."
The Tide started strong, but then fell behind starting in the second quarter.
"We really dropped off and had bad second and third quarters," Shaw said. "We didn't shoot the ball very well."
Shaw said the team looked tired after playing their eighth game in 10 days, which led to too many mistakes.
"Two big stats stood out to me," he said. "We missed 16 free throws and turned the ball over 20 times. When those two stats stand out like that, it usually means a loss, and that's what happened. You can't miss that many free throws in a tight game. We've struggled wit that and it came back to haunt us."
Dominique Walker led the Tide with 18 points and Leondre Forbes scored 12. C.J. Elkins scored 10, Anfernee Red and Reggie Seamster both had nine and Kevin Hamilton added seven.
"It was a game we could have won," Shaw said. "But we got beat by a pretty good team, hopefully we got some rest over the weekend and will be back fresh this week."
Minden High will host their annual Holiday Classic beginning Wednesday.