BOSSIER – In the girls game, the Minden Lady Tiders and Bossier Lady Bearkats put on a show for a packed house, going to overtime where they Lady Tiders found a way to pull out an eye-opening 65-60 win.
“This was a classic ball game,” Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. “This was a big-time, district game in front of a big crowd, and it was certainly a very good atmosphere. Two, really good basektball teams played their hearts out. Fortunately, we were able to prevail in the end; just a really good night.”
Minden trailed Bossier by five points with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Lady Tiders relied heavily on their bench Friday night, as Tiaga Pugh, Strawberry Batton and Sha’ Whiting sat important chunks of the second half with foul trouble.
Bossier hit one of two free throws with less than five second remaining to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, Minden took over. Batton began OT by hitting a jumper, followed by a steal and a layup to put the Lady Tiders up by four.
Minden controlled the game the rest of the way to preserve the hard-fought win and keep themselves in the district race.
Pugh led the way with 18 points, followed by Batton with 14 points, Whiting with 11 points and Bre Rogers added 10 points.
“We needed to taste victory,” Brown said. “This win is a testament to the team we have and the girls on this team.”
The Minden Crimson Tide knew they would have to be at their best to compete on the road against a talented Bossier Bearkats bunch.
Unfortunately, the didn’t bring their best, falling to the Bearkats 75-33. The loss puts a serious dent in Minden’s district championship hopes at 1-2 in district.