Both the Minden Crimson Tide and Minden Lady Tiders came into Tuesday night in search of much-needed wins against district rival North DeSoto.
After two hard-fought games between the two schools, it was a mission accomplished for the Tide and Lady Tiders as both teams earned victories to keep themselves alive in the district 1-4A race.
The Minden boys came into Tuesday’s game with a win over North DeSoto already under their belt from the Doyline Tournament in early December.
The Tide made it two for two against the Griffins with an impressive 58-48 win.
The win moves the Tide’s district record to 2-2 with six district games left on the schedule. Next up for Minden is a Friday night home game against another stout rival, the Huntington Raiders.
Thomas Brown led Minden with 20 points, Shun Moore had 15 points and Jordan Becnel and L’Jarius Sneed added seven points each.
In the girls game, the Minden Lady Tiders were able to get it done and move their district mark to 3-2 with a 71-32 romping of the North DeSoto Lady Griffins.
The Lady Tiders jumped out to an 11-2 run to begin the game and finished the first quarter up 19-6.
It never got much closer than that.
“I thought we did a good job of creating offense with our defense tonight,” Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. “We rotated a lot of bodies throughout the first half and took a 34-16 lead into halftime.”
North DeSoto responded by changing to a variety of zone defenses to try and upset the Minden offense, but the Lady Tiders moved the ball well and also beat North DeSoto down the court all night in transition.
“I was proud of how we played,” Brown said. “There were still some times when I thought we were too relaxed, but when we’re making good decisions with the ball we are still able to play at a high-level.”
Minden opened the second half with a 16-0 run to remove all doubt and seal the victory early.
The Lady Tiders are now 17-8 on the season with Huntington coming to The Palace Friday night.
Tiaga Pugh led Minden with 20 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Strawberry Batton with 15 points, Bre Rogers with eight points and Whitney Aubrey with eight points.