Minden High gets first round win in Homer Tournament
HOMER — After playing a series of tough, close games, the Minden Crimson Tide was able to get an easier win as they defeated the Springhill Lumberjacks, 75-56, Wednesday night in the first round of the Homer Tournament.
“It was good to have a game like this, where we could sit back and not have such a pressure packed game,” Minden head coach Alan Shaw said. “We were in control of the game from the start. We started off sloppy the first couple of minutes, but we pushed through it and never looked back.”
The Crimson Tide would lead 19-2 at the end of the first quarter, and Springhill never threatened the rest of the way.
“We were able to get the ball inside,” Shaw said. “And we really pushed the ball up and down the floor pretty well.
Defensively, we did a good job of limiting them to one shot, which gave us some fast-break opportunities, especially in the third quarter when we pushed the lead out big.”
Minden led by as much as 40 points in the third quarter, which allowed Shaw to clear his bench.
“Everybody contributed and everybody played well,” he said. “It was good to be able to rest our starters a little bit and cut down on their minutes and save their legs with a big week coming up. Plus, we got to look at some of the kids on the bench and they all played well. It gave us a little more confidence in our depth, so it was good to have this kind of win.”
A.J. Shine led Minden with 21 points and Jay Beavers scored 18. DeMondre’ Harvey scored nine, T.J. Stanley had eight and Dominique Emerson dropped in six. Simon Theus scored four points, Jamal Shine and D.J. Wallace each had three and Jarome Walton scored one.
The Crimson Tide will play next on Friday night at 6:15 p.m. against Madison.
“They are a very good team,” Shaw said. “They are 9-2 and they beat Athens last night. They are a very quick, very good team, and they get good play out of their guards. They will be the our toughest test so far this year.”
Courtesy of the NWLA News