Photo by JJ Marshall/Benton's Emily Ward and Minden's Derrica Gilbert battled to the last second in a fantastic high school basketball game on Friday night in Benton.

The battle of the top two teams in Louisiana lived up to the hype.

Benton ultimately held on for a 52-45 win in front of a packed house in Benton on Friday night.

The Lady Tigers led 38-29 after three quarters before Derrica Gilbert led a comeback effort in the fourth. Minden cut the lead to two points with two minutes left in the game, but missed a number of shots at the basket.

Minden and Benton traded baskets before the Lady Tiders ran out of gas. Benton

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