The Minden High Lady Tiders improved to 14-9, 3-3 in district with a 74-65 district win over Huntington Friday night.
In a game that went back-and-forth for most of the way, the Lady Tiders used a big second half to push past the Lady Raiders.
"I thought this game was a game of runs," Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. "We were fortunate that for every run they had we had one as well. It kind of benefitted us down the stretch."
Hunting led early, but the Lady Tiders fought back.
"They jumped out on us 12-6 real fast," Brown said. "Midway through the first quarter we had two starters on the bench with foul trouble. But we ended up going on an 8-0 run to close out the quarter."
Minden led 14-12 after the first quarter, but Huntington out-scored the Lady Tiders 21-7 in the second to take a 33-21 lead into the locker room at the half.
"Our foul trouble effected us in the second quarter," Brown said. "But I thought Huntington played about as well as a team could in the second quarter. I thought we missed a number of opportunities that allowed them to build a lead."
Brown said that despite being down at the half, in the locker room, the Lady Tiders were confident they were still in the game.
"We were down 12, but we knew it was still in reach," he said. "But we needed to stay away from foul trouble and take advantage of our opportunities. We wanted to push the basketball and take the Huntington's 6'4" post player out of the game. We wanted to look at the fast break as often as we could."
The Lady Tiders out-scored Huntington, 24-19, in the third quarter.
"Midway through the quarter we switched to a 2/3 zone," Brown said. "We wanted to surround their post player and that began to take a toll."
The Lady Tiders closed it out with a 29-13 advantage in the fourth quarter.
"The fourth quarter was the deciding factor in the game," Brown said. "We went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 54-54, then we went on another 8-0 run to build our lead to 62-54. We did a good job of slowing the game down after that. Down the stretch we executed our offense, played well on defense and made some free throws."
Ja'Courtney Neloms led the Lady Tiders with 27 points and Metosha Gill added 17. Tiaga Pugh scored 11 and Ebony Pugh added six. Antavia Sterling scored five points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Marlena Hill had five points and five rebounds.
"It's hard to pinpoint what exactly allowed us to turn the game around," Brown said. "But I thought our girls continued to compete even with the three or four double digit deficits we had. We had different girls make big plays at different times, it was a total team effort."