The Minden Crimson Tide and Lady Tiders came into Tuesday night needing big wins for different reasons.
The Crimson Tide are clinging to their postseason lives, coming in at No. 30 in the latest LHSAA power ratings. The Lady Tiders are hoping to earn a home game at No. 18 in the girls’ power ratings.
The Minden boys made quick work of Benton at home back in January, but the Tigers had other plans this time around.
The two teams battled for four quarters, needing overtime to settle the score, but Benton got the best of Minden in a 79-77 OT thriller.
In the Lady Tider game, the Benton Lady Tigers benefited from substancial foul trouble on the Minden side, as Minden fell in that contest 66-52.
“We were in massive foul trouble early in the game,” Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. “That dictated how we had to play defense.”
Despite the foul trouble, the Lady Tiders led 32-29 at halftime. In the third quarter, Benton would turn the tide, outscoring Minden 18-5 to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Brown was given a technical foul for disputing several ‘questionable calls.’
“If I disagree with something I’m going to battle for my girls,” Brown said.
Strawberry Batton led the Lady Tiders with 16 points in her first game back from injury, Tiaga Pugh had 15 points, Bre Rodgers had nine points and Sha’ Whiting added four.