Minden's A'Torri "AJ" Shine
The Tide had a four-point lead late, but Lakeview hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to one with eight seconds left.
After the inbounds play, Minden’s Jay Beavers was fouled, and made one of two free throws to move the lead to 58-56. Lakeview tried a desperation shot as the buzzer sounded, but missed.
“I thought we played extremely well for three quarters,” Minden head coach Alan Shaw said. “We executed our offense, and were patient looking for the shots we wanted. But for some reason, in the fourth quarter we just went completely brain dead. We decided to shoot quick and started taking some three-pointers that we didn’t need to take with a seven or eight-point lead. And because of our inefficiency on offense, we allowed Lakeview to get back in the game.”
With the game slipping away towards the end, the Tide used their defense to turn the momentum back around.
“What saved us was our defense,” Shaw said. “Late in the game, when we had to have some stops, we went to a zone. That stopped their penetration and caused some turnovers. Then we had some kids make some big free throws down the stretch to seal the game for us.”
A.J. Shine led Minden with 21 points and Jay Beavers dropped in 13. T.J. Stanley added 11.
“I was proud of our guys for sticking in there at the end and not folding,” Shaw said. “We went out there and made the plays we needed to get the win.”
The Tide will play Haughton in the semi-finals Saturday at 12 p.m.
Haynesville 74, Doyline 63
Haughton 62, Ringgold 56
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