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Slidell returns to postseason

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 8, 2014

Last year as the playoffs began, Slidell girls coach Cody Vanover was in the unusual position of watching from the stands after his Lady Greyhounds missed the postseason for the first time since 2009.

“We made it to the regional tournament three straight years and didn’t make the playoffs last year,” Vanover said. “We had a young group last year. But missing the playoffs hurt. It wasn’t a lot of fun not being in.”

After that one-year absence, the Lady Greyhounds are postseason bound again. Slidell (16-7) finished as the second seed in District 21-A Division II and will open the playoffs at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Whitesboro with a bi-district game against Savoy – the third seed from 22-A.

Vanover feels his Lady Greyhounds match up well with Savoy.

“They are a little stronger and thicker inside. If we can get out and run, hopefully they will struggle,” Vanover said. “We have to block out or they will kill us on the boards.”

The Lady Greyhounds will rely on Caitlin Pruett to help carry the load inside. The junior averaged better than a double-double this season – 17.3 points and 11.6 rebounds. She also added 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals.

In the regular season finale against Prairie Valley, Pruett needed just 26 minutes to put in 23 points and grab 14 boards.

But Vanover points out that one of the keys for the Lady Greyhounds’ turnaround has been the play of Kayler Talamantes. The freshman has averaged 6.2 points and five boards.

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