The Minden High basketball teams opened their 2011-12 regular season with a pair of home games against Homer Monday night.
And they came away with a split as the Crimson Tide beat the Pelicans, 63-58, and the Lady Tiders fell to the Lady Pels, 65-51.
Coach Alan Shaw's Crimson Tide featured a number of new players and they played well enough to get the win.
"We played a lot of people and everybody contributed," he said. "It's good to get the first one out of the way. We got a 'W' and played a lot of people. We played about 15 guys and everyone played well. We had balanced scoring and I was proud of the effort."
Leandre Ford led the Tide with 16 points and Jared Johnson added eight. D.J. Wallace also scored eight points and Reggie Seamster scored seven.
Trey Hawkins, Damarria Hill, McCaul Lacobee and Trey Thornton each scored four points and Dominique Walker, Victorio Davis, Elgin Moore and Louis Moore each dropped in two.
"We got off to a really quick start," Shaw said. "We had a great first half, and then we kind of ran out of gas and got out of sync in the second half. And that's when Homer got their second wind. They shot the ball extremely well in the second half, especially the fourth quarter when they hit four three-pointers."
The Tide tightened up late and held on for the win.
"We were able to hold it down the stretch to get our first win," Shaw said. "Now we'll take that to all our guys and try to keep improving."
The Lady Tiders started slow and eventually fell to Homer, 65-51.
"Homer jumped out on us 24-13 in the first quarter and I thought that was pretty much the tale of the game," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "We gave up 24 points in the first quarter and we can't give up that many points and put ourselves in such an early hole."
Brown was disappointed in the defense his team played early.
"We didn't really play well defensively and we got into foul trouble," he said. "I really challenged the girls to step up defensively in the second quarter. we made some adjustments and moved from man to zone defense and we played better. we out-scored them 13-11 to go in at the half down nine."
The Lady Tiders played better in the second half, and cut the lead to 47-41 in the fourth quarter, but Homer proved too much and held on for the win.
"We just missed too many opportunities," Brown said. "We missed too many point-blank shots and free throws, and that's especially tough after you dig yourselves such a big hole early."
Brown said missed shots and the lack of rebounds and assists hurt his team the most.
"We missed a lot of shots in the paint," he said. "We missed too many right around the rim including lay-ups. For some reason they just weren't going in. And we missed 15 free throws. Turnovers also hurt us, we had 30 of them, and they led to easy points for Homer. we also have to have more rebounds and assists."
Anatvia Sterling led the Lady Tiders with 16 points and Miranda Fisher scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Tyia Green came off the bench to score 10 and Rachel Shine scored eight. Metosha Gill added two.
"Overall, I thought the girls played hard," Brown said. "Our youth kind of showed last night, but it was game one and we'll get better as the season goes on. This group of young ladies will continue to work hard to get better."
Minden High will next play on Tuesday, when they head to Lakeside for a pair of varsity games and a junior varsity boys game.