The annual Minden Holiday Classic tipped off Wednesday afternoon with a full slate of games to greet basketball fans.
The tournament, sponsored annually by Gibsland Bank and Trust, is being held at three arenas in Minden. Games are being held at the Tide Palace, Webster Junior High and the Minden Rec. Center.
Highlights of the opening round of action included an impressive showing by the Minden High Lady Tiders.
Playing Ringgold, Minden jumped out to a quick lead, played stifling defense and coasted to a huge 69-17 victory.
Minden yielded zero points in the first quarter, outscoring Ringgold 18-0 in the first period of play.
"We had a 41-13 lead at the half," Minden coach Jacob Brown said. "In the third quarter we outscored them 21-2, and in the fourth we outscored them 7-2."
Tajia Pugh was the was the leading scorer for Minden with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Other scorers included Antavia Sterling with 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Jacourtney Nelams had 11 points and two rebounds.
Metosha Gill had 10 points and two rebounds. Jasmine Goodman contributed seven points and three rebounds. Marlena Hill had four points and eight rebounds. Daloria McClendon had four points, and Shelly Sneed had two points. Ebony Pugh contributed one point.
Brown said the win was one of the most complete games the team has played.
"We played great defense early and forced a lot of turnovers," Brown said. "That allowed us to score on the fast break and play the way we like to play."
Brown said the team played well for all four quarters, and that is what he has been stressing to his team.
"We have been having a problem where we will have a quarter and a half of a ballgame where we won't play well," he said.
"We were able to play consistent for four quarters."
Next up for the Lady Tiders is a 6:30 p.m. game tonight against Haynesville. The game will be played at the Tider Palace at Minden High.
Lakeside Splits Games
The Lakeside Warriors and Lady Warriors were also in play during Wednesday's opening round.
The Lady Warriors took on North Webster and came away with an impressive 52-29 win.
Leading the way for the Lady Warriors were Shanae Collins with 17, Kayla McKenzie with 12 and Tamia Stanley with 15 points.
The boys team wasn't as fortunate as they lost by 12 to Loyola, 63-51.
"We started off well, outscoring them 16-8 in the first quarter," Lakeside coach Jason Gould said. "But in the second quarter things changed. They outscored us 22-10."
Lakeside went scoreless in the first four minutes of the second. Down the stretch, Lakeside missed 10 free throws.
"Those 10 points really hurt us," Gould said.
Jamarrion Teal had an impressive game despite the loss. He scored 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Davion Whiting added 12 points.