Minden Press-Herald

Sep 20th

Minden splits with Benton


The Minden High basketball teams braved the weather Wednesdays night and traveled to Benton for a pair of district ball games at Benton High School.

The Crimson Tide cruised to a 88-75, while a short-handed Lady Tiders team fell, 62-45.

"We were thrown out of our regular routine by the weather and playing after not being in school and without practice time," Crimson Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "But I thought we gave pretty good effort, especially in the first half."

The Tide jumped out early and led 48-29 at the half.

"After getting up early, we coasted a bit in the second quarter," Shaw said. "We didn't play with a lot of intensity after halftime on the defensive end, but we were able to put some points on the board and maintain our lead."

C.J. Elkins led the Tide with 42 points and Kevin Hamilton added 16. Anfernee Red dropped in 11.

"Overall it was a good effort," Shaw said. "We're glad to get that one behind us and now we can focus on playing Fair Park on Friday. It's a huge game for us, they are a quality ball club and we'll have to be at the top of our game to be able to come out and compete with them at their gym. I think we'll be ready."

The Lady Tiders were without leading scorer Ja'Courtney Neloms who was out with an ACL injury, and her absence was felt by the team.

"It was tough playing without Ja'Courtney," Lady Tider coach Jacob brown said. "But I was very pleased with how the team overcame her loss. We had several kids step up and the girls played hard. We just didn't do enough to pull out the win."

The lady Tiders played well for most of the game, especially early.

"I thought for the majority of 3 1/2 quarters we played pretty well," Brown said. "Without Ja'Courtney and her 18 points per game, you have to pick it up

some way. We played well early and took some good shots, but we missed some opportunities that would have led us to be tied at halftime."

The teams played even in the third quarter before Benton pulled away in the fourth.

"They out-scored us 18-7 in the fourth quarter," Brown said. "They built on their lead and then we had to foul and we couldn't catch up. You can look at it like we got beat by 17 points, but with about five minutes left, it was a six-point game. The girls kept fighting and I was very proud of that."

Antavia Sterling led the Lady Tiders with 15 points, six redounds and four assists. Marlena Hill added 12 points and 15 rebounds. Jazmine Goodman scored six and Metosha Gill had four.

The Lady Tiders are now 15-11 (4-5) on the year.

Both Minden teams will head to Fair Park High School tonight for a pair of very important District 1-4A games.

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