There were plenty of Webster Parish schools in action over the weekend as district play continues to heat up.
Minden Crimson Tide
The Minden Crimson Tide fell to the Loyola Flyers at home, 62-59.
Outnumbered by traveling Loyola fans, the few Crimson Tider fans who were in attendance saw a less than impressive effort from the Crimson Tide.
“It was a very disappointing game,” Crimson Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. “I thought we were uninspired, unmotivated and undisciplined. Offensively we didn’t execute and our defense was sloppy. There was really nothing positive about the game that we could hang our hat on.”
Shaw also was upset with the support from the home fans and students.
“Their fans outnumbered us two or three to one in our own gym,” Shaw said. “That’s very unfortunate, especially from our students.”
Anfernee Red led the Tide in scoring with 15 and L’Jarius Sneed finished with 11, as the Tide failed to do much offensively.
“We’ll see what we’re made of now,” Shaw said.
The Tide will be back on the court Tuesday night when they travel to face North DeSoto.
The Minden Lady Tiders defeated the Loyola Lady Flyers, 52-49 to get back on track and stay in the thick of the district race.
It was a hard-fought win that delighted Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown.
“This was a big ballgame,” Brown said. “I thought the two teams competed hard and both teams played pretty well. We showed a lot of heart tonight and I thought in the fourth quarter we were playing our best which is good to see.”
The Lady Tiders had their hands full most of the night trying to contain Loyola’s star guard Amber Smith.
“Containing her was our goal coming into the game,” Brown said. “I’m not sure we did that, but we buckled down in the fourth quarter and made it really tough on her and that got us the win.”
Down by one point with less than a minute to play, Tiaga Pugh rebounded a missed free throw and went coast to coast for the score to give Minden a one point lead. Loyola went to the line for a one and one with a chance to take the lead in the final seconds, but missed the front end. Sha’terra Batton grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws to seal the win.
“This was a quality win,” Brown said. “We finished the game on a 15-5 run. Now we’re one game back in the district standings with three weeks to go.”
Minden High will be back in action on the road versus North DeSoto Tuesday.
The Glenbrook boys defeated Westside Christian of El Dorado, Arkansas, 56-52.
The Apaches were coming off a tough district contest and could have easily fell into this “trap” game.
“I was concerned about how we would respond,” Apache head coach Jeff Dalton said. “The guys came out physical and attacked from the first quarter.”
The Apaches controlled the game most of the way, despite Westside Christian’s best efforts.
“I’m pleased with where we are as a team,” Dalton said. “Different guys are stepping up each night.”
Cade Conterez led the team with 18 points, followed by Cade Morgan with 15 and Joseph Windham with 9.
The Lady Apaches defeated Westside Christian girls, 48-34.
Carsin Spurlock and Olivia Dalton both had double-double’s, with Spurlock scoring 21 points to go with 10 rebounds and Dalton adding 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“These girls were ready tonight,” head coach Rendi Dillard said. “We took the lead and never looked back. This team is getting better every game and the future is bright for Glenbrook girls basketball.”
The Lakeside Warriors shook off a turnover-filled first half to take a 56-50 win over Calvary.
“Turnovers were killing us in the first half,” head coach Jason Gould said. “We went into halftime down by 5, but came out and played a lot better in the second half. We haven’t won in awhile so it was a huge relief to get this one and these kids deserve this good feeling they have right now.”
Jamarion Teal led the Warriors with 16 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Davian Whiting with 14, Quatarus Solomon with 12 and Frankie Miles with 11.
The Lakeside Lady Warriors fell to the Calvary Lady Cavs 61-36.
Despite the score, Lakeside’s young team continues to play hard under the direction of head coach Tavasha Anderson.
“The girls came out with intensity tonight,” Anderson said. “They played with it the entire game. Calvary just did a good job of using their athleticism to controll the boards. Our inability to keep them off the boards cost us this one. It was great to have Cayla McKinsey back on the court after being out for two weeks.”
Destinee Joiner had a huge game with 29 points to lead the way, followed by McKinsey with 7.