Playing their first playoff game in two seasons, the Slidell Lady Greyhounds came out firing.
The Lady Greyhounds knocked down nine 3-pointers on the way to a 54-29 victory over Savoy in the Class A Division I bi-district game at Whitesboro High School Wednesday.
“It was exciting. It’s the first playoff game for a lot of the team,” said Slidell’s Caitlin Pruett, who led the Lady Greyhounds with 20 points and six rebounds. “We went in with a lot of confidence and shot the ball well. We knew we needed to get the lead and were focused on getting the best shot for the team.”
Slidell (17-7) finished 9-for-25 on 3-pointers. The Lady Greyhounds also went 15-for-18 from the free-throw line.
Kylie Franklin scored 11 points, and Kayler Talamantes eight.
“We’re young but we didn’t come out nervous or anything,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “It felt like we shot the ball better than we did. Kayler came out and hit her first two 3s.”
Slidell opened the game on a 16-2 run. Savoy rallied to get within five, 16-11. The Lady Greyhounds led 28-17 at halftime.
Slidell put the game away in the third quarter, going on a 14-1 run and building a 45-22 lead.
“They ran out of gas, and we kept coming at them,” Vanover said.
The Lady Greyhounds will face a stiff challenge in the area round, playing 24-A champion Saltillo.
“They are a good team. They pressure the ball and are quick,” Vanover said. “If we can make the reads and take care of the basketball we could hang with them. That’s a lot of ifs for a bunch of freshmen and sophomores.”