The Minden Crimson Tide took on the Southwood Cowboys in their first game of the season and came out on the losing end, 62-49.
The Tide played the game without several players expected to play significant roles.
As many as nine Crimson Tide football players will move to the hardcourt as soon as football season ends, not that anyone wants that to happen anytime soon.
“We gave great effort,” Minden head coach Alan Shaw said. “I was proud of our kids and how hard they fought. We were still in the game with three minutes to go, but they forced a turnover and hit a three. Southwood’s a good team and we did some good things tonight. It’s never good to lose, but I saw a lot of positives.”
Jalone Branch led the Tide with 10 points, Thomas Brown had nine and Sakari Batton had eight.
The Minden Lady Tiders fell to the Southwood Lady Cowboys, 57-41.
Southwood led every quarter of the game, as Minden’s miscues became the story.
“We had some very costly turnovers their at the end of the first quarter,” Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. “Throughout the game there were opportunities where we could have folded, but we didn’t.”
Southwood opened the second half on a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 14.
“Even when we got down we kept playing hard,” Brown said. “There were a lot of positives. We just have to take advantage of some opportunities we had on both ends of the court. We’ll get better, I have no doubt about it.”
Tiaga Pugh led the Lady Tiders with 16 points and nine rebounds, Destiny Powell had six points and Bre Rogers had six points.
The Crimson Tide will play today against Doyline at Lakeside in the Don Stahl tournament at 8:15 p.m., while the Lady Tiders take on St. Mary’s at 6:45 p.m. in the girls bracket.