Minden Press-Herald

Tuesday
Sep 30th

Minden teams take tourney wins

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DOYLINE — In Day Two of the Doyline Tournament, both Minden High teams advanced with wins, while both Lakeside teams were eliminated.

In the girls' bracket, the Minden High Lady Tiders defeated the Lakeside Lady Warriors, 39-31.

In the boys' bracket, Minden High beat North Caddo, 85-76, while Lakeside fell to Simsboro, 65-50.

Lady Tiders 39, Lady Warriors 31

In a close game, the Lady Tiders used a big second quarter to power them past Lakeside Thursday night.

"We started out kind of sluggish," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "We came out flat offensively and Lakeside jumped on us 8-2 at the end of the first quarter. I didn't think we played particularly well, and we didn't shoot the ball very well."

Lakeside scored the first two points of the second quarter before the Lady Tiders went on a 15-0 run.

"We told the girls they had to just battle back," Brown said. "And that's what they did. We went on a run to take a 17-10 lead at halftime. I thought the defense had played okay, but we weren't executing our offense against their zone. We were settling for perimeter shots, which is what they want when they play zone."

The teams played even (8-8) in the third quarter and the Lady Tiders took the fourth, 14-13 to get the 39-31 win.

"I thought Lakeside played well," Brown said. They hit some big shots in the fourth quarter to cut into our lead. I also thought we played well late. We did a good job working to get good shots and then we hit some big free throws."

Ja'Courtney Neloms led Minden with 11 points and five rebounds and Antavia Sterling added 10 points and seven rebounds. Tiaga Pugh had seven points and 13 rebounds and Ebony Pugh added five points.

Shanae Collins led Lakeside with 12 points.

"The 15-0 run was the key for us," Brown said. "After that run we were able to maintain our lead. I was proud of the girls. This is a game where we could have quit, but we kept grinding and got the win.

Crimson Tide 85, North Caddo 76

The Crimson Tide won a big game against a tough North Caddo team, 85-76.

"We played very well," Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "North Caddo is a very big, athletic and strong team. They really like to get up and down the floor, so it was a tough ball game. It was back and forth the whole way."

Kevin Hamilton led the Tide with 28 points and C.J. Elkins added 24. Anfernee Red scored 12, Louis Moore had 14 and J.J. Sneed scored nine.
"We shot the ball well and had some guys that stepped up for us," Shaw said. "We made enough stops of defense to get by. We're clicking offensively right now, but we have to improve defensively. We have to be able to shut teams down, because we aren't going to be able to out-score teams every time out."

Shaw said his team needed to create more turnovers and improve their rebounding.

"As small as we are, we struggle with defensive rebounds," he said. "But I thought we did a better job of limiting their opportunities, especially in the second half."

The Tide will now advance to play Byrd tonight at 8 p.m., a team that has beaten the Tide twice already this season.

"It was a big win for us," Shaw said. "But now we have to play Byrd again. We feel we're every bit as good, if not better than them. We just have to prove it on the court. We're expecting an exciting game and a big crowd tonight."

Simsboro 65, Lakeside 50

The Lakeside Warriors trailed for most of the game and fell to Simsboro, 65-50.

"We were playing a real good and balanced team," Lakeside head coach Jason Gould said. "They had four starters in double figures and another one close to it. So they were really good and hard to stop."

Simsboro led 15-9 after the first quarter and 31-20 at the half. Simsboro built their led to 50-31 going into the fourth quarter, before the Warriors out-scored them, 19-15 in the fourth.

"We played hard but we just didn't execute like we needed to," Gould said. "But we'll get back at it Monday night when we host Ringgold."

Davion Whiting led Lakeside with 12 points, all coming on three-pointers, and Jamarion Teal added 10 points. Maurice Moore and Frankie Miles both scored six.

 

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