Twelve Straight: Minden beats Parkway to bring winning streak to 12 heading into Holiday Classic

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Despite Minden’s winning streak, head coach Jacob Brown thinks they can play better.

“I didn’t see a focused team tonight, we were kind of just out there,” he said.

Luckily for Minden, just being out there was enough to ease past Parkway for a 47-29 victory on Monday night in Bossier.

The win makes it twelve straight for the Lady Tiders, who haven’t lost a game since opening night in Ruston.

“Overall, it wasn’t our best game,” Brown said. “But it’s nice to come away with an 18-point win even so.”

Derrica Gilbert knocked down a couple of threes in the first quarter to help Minden grab a 12-10 lead after the first quarter.

“Early on I thought we settled for quick shots, and it was a challenge for us to get going,” Brown said. 

Destini Powell chipped in with some big shots of her own, and Minden went on a run to take a 28-13 lead heading into halftime.

“We challenged the girls at the break to create some separation and play better basketball,” Brown said. “We weren’t defending well. We were missing layups and not catching the ball. We weren’t consistent and didn’t have a rhythm.”

Parkway started the third quarter with a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 28-22. Heading into the fourth it was 32-25 with Minden ahead.

The Lady Tiders dominated the fourth quarter and sealed the win.

“We had another good fourth quarter to finish it off,” Brown said.

Minden is now 12-1 heading into the Holiday Classic.

Gilbert led Minden with 16 points. Powell had 14, and Bre Rodgers had six.

“Those three along with Tayler Banks hit key shots in the first half,” Brown said. “Jazz White and Shaniah Washington played key minutes for us off the bench.”

The Lady Tiders take on North Webster in the first round of the Holiday Classic on Wednesday night at 6:40 p.m.

“I hope our community comes out, there are going to be a lot of talented players at this tournament,” Brown said. “Young ladies who have committed to division-1 schools. It will be a fun and exciting weekend of basketball.”

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