Tide to play Evangel and Lady Tiders take on Red River today
SHREVEPORT— The Minden High Crimson Tide and Lady Tiders basketball teams are taking part in the 2011 Speedworks Calvary Baptist Invitational at Calvary Baptist High School.
Thursday, both teams were in action, as the Tide fell to Parkway, 77-59 and the Lady Tiders lost to Mansfield, 57-36.
Both teams will play twice more in the round-robin tournament, with the Lady Tiders playing Red River today at 4 p.m. and Evangel at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Tide will take on Evangel today at 8:30 p.m. and then play Calvary at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Lady Tiders 36, Mansfield 57
The Lady Tiders played better than the final score indicated, as offensive woes continued to plague the team.
"We just missed too many easy opportunities," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "I say it every night, and I sound like a broken record, but we missed too many easy shots."
Mansfield led Minden 7-6 at the end of the first quarter and then out-scored them 17-6 in the second to take a 24-12 halftime lead.
"I thought we came out in the first quarter and played really good defense," Brown said. "But we missed a couple of chip shot opportunities when we could have taken an early lead. And then right before the half we missed a couple of lay-ups and free throws that could have cut the lead to six."
The teams played even (11-11) in the third quarter and then Mansfield took the fourth 22-13 to close out the game.
"Miranda Fisher played with foul trouble for most of the game, and that hurt us," Brown said. "Some of those calls were bogus. But she did a good job playing with those fouls."
Antavia Sterling led the Lady Tiders with15 points and Fisher added nine. Rachel Shyne added eight points.
"I was proud of the way the girls played and competed," Brown said. "I see us taking steps in the right direction, but we just need to get it all together. I was also happy with the way the girls handled themselves when things got tough."
Crimson Tide 59, Parkway 77
The Panthers jumped out on the Crimson Tide early and then held on for the win. Parkway out-scored the Tide 26-13 in the first quarter and 20-10 in the second to take a 46-23 halftime lead.
Minden came out of the locker room in the third quarter and out-scored Parkway 18-12 to cut the lead to 58-41 heading into the fourth quarter. Then the Panthers edged the Tide 19-18 in the fourth to take the win.
Reggie Seamster led the Tide with 15 points and Dominique Walker added 11. Jared Johnson scored 10 points and Vittorio Davis scored seven. D.J. Wallace dropped in five points and Anfernee Redd had four. Tra Thornton scored four.