BOSSIER —The Minden High basketball teams traveled to Bossier to take on Airline High School Tuesday night and came home with a split in the two varsity games.
The Crimson Tide dominated the Vikings, winning 90-77, while the Lady Tiders fell, 49-35.
Lady Tiders 35, Lady Vikings 49
The Lady Tiders led 12-10 after the first quarter, but head coach Jacob Brown was not happy with his team's play.
"We had some decent play in the first quarter," he said. "But we missed some opportunities and instead of being up seven or eight, we were only up two. I just don't know if we played as hard as we could play, and that usually becomes a factor over four quarters."
It became a factor in the second quarter, as the Lady Vikings out-scored Minden 10-2, with the Lady Tiders only points comeing at the buzzer before the half.
"As bad as we played, we still had a chance at 20-14," Brown said. "But it was about bringing our effort and playing as a group."
Airline out-scored the Lady Tiders, 10-9 and 19-12 in the final two quarters.
"Much like the Ruston game, we would get down and then come back to cut it to two or three," Brown said. "But then mistakes would cost us. We got into foul trouble. We just have to be more consistant in our rebounding, playing hard and executing our offense. When we become consistant, we'll become a good team."
Ja'Courtney Neloms led the Lady Tiders with 11 points and Tiaga Pugh scored eight. Antavia Sterling and Marlena Hill both scored six.
Crimson Tide 90, Vikings 77
The Crimson Tide trailed by one at the end of the first quarter, but went on to dominate Airline, 90-77.
"We played really well and controlled the tempo all night," Crimson Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "We made a couple of defensive adjustments early, and switched defenses around and that seemed to work for us."
After trailing 15-14, the Tide out-scored Airline, 29-19 in the second to take a 43-34 lead into the locker room at the half.
Minden took the third quarter, 21-12 before Airline out-scored them by five (31-26) in the final quarter.
Shaw said the tempo of the game seemed to fit his team more than the Vikings.
"Airline is more of a half-court team," he said. "So we really wanted to push the tempo. We were able to do that and get some easy baskets and got us going offensively. We also rebounded really well and got some good support from our bench."
C.J. Elkins led the Tide with 24 points and Kevin hamilton scored 21. J.J. Sneed added 14 points.
"It was a nice complete win for us," Shaw said. "Airline is always a tough place to try and get a win. We were able to take their crowd out of the game and play really well."
Both Minden teams will play in this week's Doyline Tournament.