GIBSLAND – The Minden Crimson Tide (11-6) made the trip to Gibsland for a tune-up game before beginning their difficult district schedule.
Gibsland-Coleman gave the Tide a battle they won’t forget, but the Tide hung on to get the win, 73-71.
“This is a good win going into district,” Shaw said. “It’s always nice when you can win on the road in a tough environment. This should help prepare us for our district run.”
Davian Moore led the way with 26 points, followed by L’Jarius Sneed with 14 points and Sakari Batton with 13.
BLANCHARD – The Minden Lady Tiders (15-6) were busy battling with the Northwood Lady Falcons while the Minden boys were tangling with Gibsland-Coleman.
Though the two teams weren’t together on Tuesday night, both came home with wins. The Lady Tiders took care of their business in impressive fashion, downing Northwood 66-39.
“I thought early on we missed a couple opportunities,” Lady Tider head coach Jacob Brown said. “We wanted to apply some pressure and there were a lot of deflected balls that I felt could’ve or should’ve turned into points. Overall, it was just kind of a slow start.”
But in the second quarter the girls got it going, outscoring Northwood 19-9 in the quarter and ending the first half on a 15-4 run.
“They packed into a tight 2-3 zone,” Brown said. “They made us move the ball around and I thought the girls did a good job attacking the heart of their zone.”
Once their big lead was in place, the Lady Tiders kept the Lady Falcons from climbing back into it with great defense.
“It all starts on the defensive end for us,” Brown said. “I thought our pressure was good tonight. On the offensive end, I was pleased with our patience.”
Tiaga Pugh led the way with 17 points, followed by Strawberry Batton with 13 points and Sha’ Whiting with 12 points.
“I don’t want our team to be content with where we are,” Brown said. “But this was a quality win to get us started in district play.”
The Tide and Lady Tiders will be at home for a date with Benton on Friday night. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Tide and turn The Palace into a true homecourt advantage.