The Minden High basketball teams opened their 2013-14 season Monday night with a pair of games against Homer High School at The Palace at Minden High.
The Lady Tiders led all the way in a dominate 72-36 win, while the Crimson Tide went into double-overtime before beating the Pels, 97-89.
"It was a very exciting game," Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "The biggest lead either way was six points."
Both teams had opportunities at the end of regulation and at the end of the first overtime to end the game. The Tide's Kevin Hamilton had a three-pointer rim out at the end of the fourth quater, while a Homer three-pointer bounced off the front rim to force the second overtime.
Minden out-scored Homer 16-8 in the overtime to take the win.
"The game was a two-point game before the last minute and a half of the second overtime," Shaw said. "But at the end we made some free throws to open the score up."
C.J. Elkins led the Tide with 31 points and Kevin Hamilton dropped in 25. J'larenz Beene scored 11 and Anfernee Redd added 10.
"It was a good team effort and a good team win," Shaw said. "This shows that we can win a tight, tough ball game against a very, very good team. Homer is incredibly talented, so this was a good first win."
Next up for the Tide, is a Wednesday match-up with North Webster in the Lakeside Tournament. Tip-off will be at 8 p.m.
Lady Tiders 72, Homer 36
The Lady Tiders jumped out on Homer, 20-9, in the first quarter and never looked back in their 72-36 win.
"I thought we came out early and did a good job defensively," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "They had a young lady that could score and our goal was to keep her out of the paint. I thought we did a good job forcing some tough shots."
The Lady Tiders out-scored Homer, 19-11, in the second quarter and 22-8 in the third. They closed out the game out-scoring them, 11-8 in the fourth.
"We did a good job in transition and rebounding," Brown said. "We led 39-23 at the half, and then stayed consistant defensively in the second half. I thought the girls did a good job against their zone, we made some plays offensively, but we still need to work on our man to man defense."
Tiaga Pugh led the Lady Tiders with 16 points and JaCourtney Neloms added 14. Jazmine Goodman scored seven, Antavia Sterling, Metosha Gill and Carenecia Noles all scored six and Shabrie Nelson and Marihica sterling both scored four. Delorea McClendon added five points and Ashley Shine added two.
"Overall, I was very pleased," Brown said. "I think all of our young ladies got on the scorebook, which is good. I think the biggest improvement was in our transition game, but we need to work on finishing more consistently. I think we missed 15 layups."
Brown was pleased with getting the Lady Tiders first win under their belts.
"It's good to get our first win of the year," he said. "I really like the way we worked on both ends of the court. I think all the girls had a positive impact on the game."
The Lady Tiders will take on North Webster Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Lakeside Tournament.