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Hounds ready for area round; Slidell faces Avinger

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 22, 2014

Walking off the floor Monday night after a victory over Dodd City, Isaac Davis and his Slidell Greyhound teammates felt accomplished.

“It’s been a while since we’ve been there,” Davis said. “It was exciting. It took us four years to get it accomplished.”

It was the first time since 2007 the Greyhounds had won a playoff game. After that 75-48 win over Dodd City, Slidell (26-7) got a shot at 17th-ranked Avinger (25-2) in the Class A Division II Region III area-round Friday at Quinlan.

“We match up good with them,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick going into the game. “If we can contain their shooters, we’ll have a chance.

“At this point, everyone is good. You throw out the records. All that matters is winning.”

With Slidell’s basketball past that includes multiple state titles, the Greyhounds take pride in getting the program back to winning playoff games.

“They know the storied past here and take pride in taking a step to getting it back,” McCormick said. “It’s a good thing the success that Slidell has had in the past. It gives us a measuring stick.”

Davis, who had 28 points in the win over Dodd City, said the Greyhounds are not satisfied with the one playoff victory.

“We’re nowhere near done,” he said. “We want to keep going forward and go as far as we can.”

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