The Glenbrook Apaches traveled to Claiborne Academy in Homer Monday for a pair of intense rivalry games with the Rebels.
The Apaches and Rebels battled tooth and nail in the boys game, trading big runs in front of a raucus crowd.
The Apaches trailed 32-20 at halftime, but came out inspired in the second half, surging back to beat the Rebels on their home court, 59-54.
“We made some adjustments on offense and defense at halftime,” Apache head coach and Athletic Director Jeff Dalton said. “We responded with our best quarter of the season in the third, outscoring them 25-6.”
The Rebels weren’t done though, as they fought back to cut Glenbrook’s lead to 2 points, but the Apaches made the plays they needed to down the stretch to hold on.
“It was a playoff type atmosphere,” Dalton said. “My guys responded when they easily could have shut it down.”
Caden Copeland played his best game of the year, scoring 17 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Cade Conterez and Sam Marvin both scored 11 points and Joseph Windham had 10.
The Lady Apaches were defeated handily by the powerhouse Lady Rebels, 56-19.
The Lady Rebels are usually a fixture in the state championship game of Class 1A of the MAIS and played up to that standard Monday.
“Claiborne just has an amazing basketball team,” Lady Apache head coach Rendi Dillard said.
Olivia Dalton had 8 points and 9 rebounds for Glenbrook. Carsin Spurlock had 4 points.
Minden Crimson Tide
In Friday action, Minden High School went on the road and was defeated by Huntington, 70-62.
“We played our hearts out tonight,” head coach Alan Shaw said. “We made a lot of mistakes you can’t make in big games. We had turnovers in crucial situations and costly fouls at bad times.”
One huge aspect of this game was the officiating. The officials called 65 fouls and the teams shot 89 free throws in the game, as the refs just couldn’t stay away from their whistles.
“It shows you the lack of quality officials in our area,” Shaw said. “We couldn’t get in a rhythm, it’s insane when that happens. We had three players foul out and four players with four fouls.”
The Lady Tiders fell to the Lady Raiders Friday, 67-53.
The Lady Tiders were also on the wrong end of some foul calls, as they struggled to keep their best lineup on the floor. They also struggled to handle the size of Huntington down low.
“We didn’t play particularly well in the first half,” head coach Jacob Brown said. “The girls kept competing, playing good in spurts. They had a 6’3” girl who killed us on the boards.”
Sha’terra Batton led the Lady Tiders with 18 points, followed by Marlena Hill with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tiaga Pugh had an excellent game as well with 14 points and 10 boards.
“We have four games left,” Brown said. “There’s a lot still at stake.”
The Crimson Tide and Lady Tiders will be back on the court tonight versus Woodlawn at home in the Palace. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the two teams in the biggest game of the season to date.
Webster Junior High Night at MHS vs. Woodlawn
Minden High School will be honoring the Webster Junior High School boys and girls basketball teams, cheerleaders and pep-steppers Tuesday night at The Palace.
The night is a chance for those at Webster to catch a glimpse into their future.
“This is our night to recognize the future Minden Tiders,” Minden boys head coach Alan Shaw said. “It’s a way to tell them we’re looking forward to them being here. We’re selling pre-sale tickets at Webster to Webster Students for $3 at lunch today.”
The Lakeside Warriors traveled to face the Lakeview Gators Friday, falling to the No. 3 team in LHSAA Class 2A, 69-54.
The Warriors came out firing, matching the Gators basket for basket in the first half.
In the second half, Lakeview started to gain some separation, flexing their muscles and showing why they are one of the favorites for a state title.
“Our goal was to slow them down,” Lakeside head coach Jason Gould said. “We wanted to keep the ball away from them, forcing a low scoring game. It worked early, but Lakeview can really score and did in the end.”
Frankie Miles led the Warriors with 19 points and 7 rebounds, followed by Ahmad Bishop with 11 points. Jamarion Teal added 9 points and 11 rebounds.