SHREVEPORT — Minden High split a pair of varsity games with Loyola Prep on Friday.
The Crimson Tide topped the Flyers, 86-82, while the Lady Tiders lost 53-43.
"It was a great ball game," Crimson Tide coach Alan Shaw said. "The biggest lead either way was five points."
The game came down to the last few possessions of the fourth quarter. Minden was able to make some big plays and had a couple of defensive stops down the stretch to preserve the win.
"To go into their gym and play as well as we did was huge," Shaw said. "Especially coming off our home loss to Fair Park. It really helped to ease that a bit."
Minden's C.J. Elkins had a huge night with 41 points.
"We had C.J. and that was a big difference," Shaw said. "It seemed no matter what they did, he still made plays. And the other guys stepped up as well. They made plays on their own and fed C.J. when they saw he was hot."
Kevin Hamilton added 14 points as did Louis Moore. J.J. Sneed had nine points and Anfernee Red had eight.
"All five players played really well," Shaw said. "Louis, J.J., Kevin and Anfernee all played well. We had to ask them to play a lot of minutes and they responded. It was a huge road win and anytime you can win at Loyola it's huge, because it's a hard place to play with a packed house and a rowdy crowd."
The Crimson Tide improved to 15-9 overall and 3-1 in district play.
The Lady Tiders played well at times, but lost to the Lady Flyers, 53-43.
"I liked the fight that the girls had," Lady Tider coach Jacob Brown said. "We came back from an 11-point deficit to tie the game, but then we dug ourselves another hole. We continued to fight no matter how far we got behind. It was a tough game to lose."
The Lady Tiders started off fast, but then things changed early.
"We came out right off the tip and looked like we were going to play well," Brown said. "We did a good job limiting their shots, but after the first three or four minutes, we went through a spell where we couldn't score and Loyola went on a 10-2 run."
Loyola led 18-9 after the first quarter and 28-23 at the half.
"We felt good at the half," Brown said. "We felt we were still in the game. We played them pretty even after their run, but they out-scored us 17-9 in the fourth. We played hard and had some defensive stops down the stretch but couldn't catch up."
Antavia Sterling led the Lady Tiders with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Tiaga Pugh added nine points and six rebounds and Ja'Courtney Neloms had eight points. Metosha Gill scored seven and jasmine Goodman had six points and four rebounds off the bench.
The Lady Tiders fell to 1-3 in district and 12-9 overall.
Minden High will host North DeSoto Tuesday night.