The Minden High Crimson Tide went up against a heavy hitter this weekend in 5A power Byrd.
In what could be called a great challenge before heading into this week's Holiday Classic, the Tide played well but came up short in the final moments as Byrd took the win, 90-85.
"It was like watching a sequel to a bad movie," Tide coach Alan Shaw said. "This is the third time we have played them this season, and this game was a repeat of the first two."
Shaw said his Tiders played well for three and a half quarters but fell apart at the end.
"We had the lead late in game," he said. "But then we had critical turnovers and missed some free throws and Byrd made some big shots. That's an exact repeat of the first two games. We just fell apart at the end when we had chance to put them away."
Leading the scoring for Minden was Kevin Hamilton with an impressive 33 points. Up next was J.J. Sneed with 16. Chipping in 14 was Anfernee Red, and C.J. Elkins contributed 13 points.
"We have shown we can play with teams of Byrd's caliber," Shaw said. "We have shown we have what it takes to beat those teams, but we have to learn to finish games. When we have teams down, we have to keep them down. When we do that we can be pretty good. But we have to learn to finish games."
Next up for the Tide is an 8 p.m. game Thursday night against Calvary Baptist.
It will Minden's first outing in the annual Minden Holiday Classic.
Lady Tiders come up short, lose in overtime against Haughton
It took overtime for Haughton to outlast the Minden Lady Tiders in weekend basketball action.
Final score, Haughton 49 – Minden 36.
"We played really hard," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "The third quarter was the difference in the game."
In that third quarter, Minden held Haughton to just a single point. "You'd think that with the defense playing that well we could stretch our lead and take control," Brown said.
However, the Tider offense sputtered and only managed three points of its own in the third.
Down the stretch, Minden missed key free throws (five in the last 30 seconds) and Haughton made theirs. The Lady Bucs made two free throws in the final seconds to force overtime, and the Tide faltered in the extra period to give Haughton the win.
"We didn't play well offensively in overtime," Brown said. "We had to foul to try to get the basketball back, and they made their free throws."
Minden trailed 10-4 in the first quarter and found themselves in early foul trouble. As a result, Brown had to go to his bench and girls who had not had minutes early in games found themselves on the court.
"Even though we lost a tough ballgame, it was one we let slip through our fingers," Brown said. "We had some kids grow up, and I feel good about us. We have to fix the free throw issue. This was a very competitive game to help us get ready for district."
Next up for the Lady Tiders is an 8:50 p.m. game Wednesday night in the Minden Holiday Classic against Ringgold.