Minden was trying to fight its way back into Tuesday night’s District 1-4A battle of unbeatens with Fair Park, when Lady Indians’ guard Ty’Ronica Foster decided it was her time to shine.
The sophomore scored 18 points in about 7 minutes of action covering the second and third quarters to bolt Fair Park to a 68-42 victory.
“I wasn’t feeling the game early and I was being lazy in the first quarter,” said Foster, who would score a game-high 22 points. “But I knew my team needed me, so I had to step up.”
After Minden’s Tiaga Pugh scored on a 14-footer and a pair of free throws to pull her team within 28-17 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, Foster took over. She dropped in a pair of 3-pointers, bookended by layups from Dominique Johnson, to end the half on a 10-2 run and put the Lady Indians (16-5, 3-0) in front 38-20.
“We weren’t playing well but I figured if we stayed within 11 to 13 points at half, we’d be alright,” Minden coach Jacob Brown. “But you look up after that run and we’re down 38-20. That’s a tough hole to climb out of.”
Foster continued her barrage in the second half, opening with another 3-pointer, then getting a couple of runners after two offensive rebound putbacks by Johnson. A fourth Foster 3-pointer ended a 20-2 run by the Lady Indians and suddenly it was a 30-point Fair Park advantage just three minutes into the second half.
“I was surprised at the score, because I knew Minden would come in here ready to play with us both being 2-0,” Fair Park coach Cherise Sims said. “I had to take Ty out at one time and talk to her about her shot selection. She was being lazy at one point, but sometimes she is too amped up. But that’s her game and I don’t want to mess with it too much.”
Minden’s Sha’Terra “Strawberry” Batton (18 points) and Tiaga Pugh (12) tried to keep the Lady Tide (12-9, 2-1) in the game with their offensive and defensive work. But Minden gave up too many offensive rebounds and committed 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone.
“We had a lot of turnovers, but they were turning it over too and we didn’t take advantage,” Brown said. “They are a very good team and you have to play every possession.”
The Lady Indians also got 11 points apiece from Savannah Thomas and Brittany Myles.
Fair Park will travel to Huntington on Friday for another key District 1-4A match-up, while Minden will be at home to entertain Loyola.