SIBLEY – Friday night, Lakeside honored the career and accomplishments of Jason Gould, the man who led the Warrior hoops program for 23 seasons.
Gould came to center court where he was joined by Denny Finley and Dan Grantham, shortly followed by all of his former players in attendance. The man who won 350 games and made 13 playoff appearances was clearly emotional, as what looked like tears formed when his son Jalen Gould met him at midcourt to say job well done.
On the court, the Warriors were defeated 79-69 by Green Oaks while playing without two starters due to a coach’s decision. In the girls game, the Lady Warriors were on the losing side as well, falling to the Green Oaks Lady Giants 65-41.
Lakeside will begin a three-game road stretch Tuesday when they travel to Calvary Baptist Academy.
The Minden Lady Tiders dropped their second contest of the season Saturday in district play, as the Huntington Lady Raiders took advantage a handful of Minden miscues for a 52-49 win over Class 4A’s No. 2 team.
Minden (25-2, 6-2) was originally scheduled to take on Huntington Tuesday, but winter weather, including freezing rain and snow, forced the matchup into the weekend. Whereas the Lady Tiders controlled the tempo in the teams’ first meeting at the “Doc” Edwards Invitational, the Lady Raiders assumed the roll of the aggressor in this contest.
The Lady Tiders didn’t help their own cause by missing seven free throws in the first half alone as well as a bevy of missed baskets in the paint.
Minden still pushed the result down to the final seconds, knocking a 3-pointer to trim Huntington’s lead to 52-49 with 6 seconds to play; however, Huntington would evade the Minden defense and run out the final 6 ticks to claim the victory.
The Lady Tiders led after one quarter and at halftime before Huntington heated up in the third quarter, going on an 8-0 run and winning the quarter 19-15.
Head coach Jacob Brown wasn’t thrilled with the way his team played.
“Early on the missed opportunities really cost us,” Brown said. “As the game went on, at times we were our worst enemy. We didn’t block out well or make our free throws and layups. We missed a chance to extend our lead early and from there Huntington just chipped away.”
Bre Rodgers led Minden with 23 points and 3 blocks. Derrica Gilbert poured in 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Sha’Terra Batton had just 4 points in a rare off night for the senior offensively.
The Minden Crimson Tide were defeated by Huntington in the boys game, 63-47.
Chance Mitchell led Minden with 13 points, Zion Crawford added 9 points and Trey Oliver finished with 8 points.
“It’s been the same song the last 7-7 games,” head coach Rennie Bailey said. “For some reason, we’re having a hard time scoring the basketball.
“We were a little more consistent against Huntington than against North DeSoto, but here lately in district play we’re averaging probable less than 50 points a game.”
DOYLINE – In Class B action, the No. 8 Doyline Panthers took down No. 7 Weston in Webster Parish 67-58.
This marked the biggest win of the Panther’s season to date and gave them a 1-0 start in district play.
Doyline played as a team to earn the victory, with four players in double figures, while several others had star moments.
“We shot the ball about as well as we have all season,” Doyline head coach Michael Normand said. “Especially in the first quarter. We ran through the offenses really well, so hopefully this is a sign that we are getting mentally focused for a playoff run.”
Weston came into the matchup with a reputation of being a high-scoring team, but the length and defensive presence of Decarri Markray and David Lockette made life tough.
“I thought David Lockett’s defense on their top player was extremely important,” Normand said. “We were determined not to let one player beat us and David was able to contain him.”
The Panthers (13-9, 1-0) were led by Markray on the stat sheet with 19 points and 15 rebounds as the sophomore continues his breakout campaign. Semaj Solomon stepped up for Doyline, adding 14 points, following by J. Nelson with 11 points and Jordan Fuller with 10 points; Lockett chipped in with 6 points to complement his stellar defense.
Doyline travels to Castor for a Tuesday night game on the road, to be followed by another top-10 showdown with No. 9 Quitman here in Webster Parish on Friday.
Scores for the Glenbrook Apaches and Lady Apaches were not available as of press time.