Basketball: Lady Greyhounds try to regain district crown

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Caitlin Pruett entered high school at the end of the Slidell Lady Greyhounds’ dominance in district play.

The Lady Greyhounds won 38 straight district games and three straight league titles (2010-12), while also making three trips to the regional tournament.

The Lady Greyhounds’ 7-0 start to District 21-A has the senior dreaming of recapturing that dominance. But she was also cautiously optimistic heading into the start of the second half of district play Tuesday at Saint Jo. That game will be followed by matchups against the second and third place teams in 21-A – Bellevue and Forestburg – Friday and Jan. 27.

“We want to go undefeated,” Pruett said. “But we know any game or any night we can lose. We have to continue playing well.”

Slidell (19-3) pounded Prairie Valley Friday 66-31 to complete the sweep of the first half of district play. Pruett finished with 14 points, five rebounds, eight steals and six assists in the win. Kayler Talamantes poured in 26 points. Kylie Franklin added 10 points.

Slidell coach Cody Vanover knows Pruett and her fellow seniors are hungry for the school’s first district title since 2012.

“These seniors came in on the tail-end of that district run,” Vanover said. “They faced some adversity after their freshman year. They’ve pulled out of it and know what it takes to get back there.”

But the Lady Greyhounds recognize that this will be a tough week against Bellevue and Forestburg. Slidell beat Bellevue Dec. 19 61-50. The Lady Greyhounds then held off Forestburg 42-39 Jan. 6.

Against Forestburg, the Lady Greyhounds struggled offensively shooting 27 percent. Pruett was held to two points. In spite of their struggles, the Lady Greyhounds earned the win.

“We didn’t shoot well. That game helped us grow up a bit,” Pruett said. “Some of the younger players helped. Makayla [Fitzgerald] hit two huge free throws.”

Vanover agreed that his team fighting to win that game helped them.

“A lot of things did go wrong, but we found a way to win,” he said. “We know going over there will be tough.”

But getting to the top is never easy.

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