SIBLEY – Minden and Lakeside met for the second time this season Tuesday night, renewing a rivalry that has seen it’s share of excitement. Tuesday was no different, as the Crimson Tide and Warriors laid it all on the line in a pair of games.
Minden hung on to defeat Lakeside in a classic, 66-62.
“Lakeside played really well,” Minden head coach Alan Shaw said. “They were draining three’s all over the place. We stepped up and made some big stops and hit some clutch free throws.
It’s big for us to know we can step up when the game is on the line.”
Lakeside led at the half, 32-31 behind the impressive play of Jalen Gould and some relentless rebounding.
With 24 seconds left in the game and the two teams tied at 62-62, Minden’s L’Jarius Sneed drove the lane and was fouled. Sneed knocked down both free throws to give Minden the lead. Lakeside tried to counter but a loose ball went off a Warrior’s knee to give Minden possession. The Tide would ice the game with more clutch free throws.
“I thought my kids responded very well,” Lakeside head coach Jason Gould said. “Our kids fought and battled; we just couldn’t pull it out in the second half.”
Sneed led Minden with 17 points, followed by Thomas Brown with 13 and Davian Moore with eight points.
Monty Willis led Lakeside with 17 points, followed by Jalen Gould with 15 and Djimon Lard with 12.
The Minden Lady Tiders defeated the Lakeside Lady Warriors, 65-18.
“I thought our ladies came out and played hard,” Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said.
“We were aggressive for the most part and did a good job of working for good shots. We forced turnovers and rebounded well. That’s something we preach about.”
Tiaga Pugh led Minden with 19 points, followed by Sha’Terra Batton with 10 points and Destiny Powell and Sha Whiting with six points each.