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Basketball: Lady Hounds grab 21-A’s top seed

By Travis Lisle | Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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The Slidell’s gameplan in the 21-A tiebreaker was simple – keep the ball out of the hands of Forestburg’s Alexia Britain.

ON THE DRIVE – Slidell’s Kayler Talamantes takes the ball to the hoop during the Lady Greyhounds’ win Saturday. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

Dedicating an extra defender to Britain all night, the Lady Greyhounds limited the post to two points in a 41-29 victory at Valley View High School gym.

“These are smart girls,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “The one time we didn’t set up defensively how we wanted to, they got it to Britain and she scored. Other than that, we did a great job. I’m just happy for us. We earned this district title.”

Slidell claimed the 21-A’s top seed and a bye through to the area round of the Class A Region III playoffs.

The Lady Greyhounds never trailed, going on an opening 8-0 run.

Kayler Talamantes and Caitlin Pruett each had two field goals in the first quarter. Pruett added a pair of free throws.

Toward the end of the first quarter, the Lady Greyhounds started losing their grip underneath. To start the second period, the Lady Longhorns pulled down five consecutive offensive rebounds in one possession.

Slidell quickly got back to what was working, staying on the boards and getting out in transition.

Talamantes continued to outrun the defense and finish on drives. Kylie Franklin drained four of her five free-throw attempts as part of her 10 points.

Pruett directed traffic and made a couple of shots herself.

“I know that we have to have those points to make it far in the playoffs so I do what I can,” said Talamantes, who led all scorers with 18 points. “We have the speed so getting out and running is a great way to play for us.”

With its top player hemmed up inside, Forestburg struggled to get anything going offensively and committed turnovers while forcing passes.

Slidell increased its advantage to 21-12 at the half.

The third quarter was more of the same for the Lady Greyhounds as Talamantes, Franklin and Pruett each scored four points.

To end the quarter, Franklin threw a sharp “baseball” pass between two defenders to Pruett for an easy lay-in. Pruett finished with 13 points.

Vanover said the squad’s ability to attack defenses in a variety of ways is what makes them a good team.

“We set a game plan and we stuck to it,” he said. “We have quick girls. We spread the floor and we have some really good shooters.

“People don’t want to sag off of us because we can hit the outside shots, and if they want to play us tight we can use our quickness to go around them.”

With three minutes to go in the fourth, Slidell began running out the clock.

SLIDELL 41, FORESTBURG 29

Slidell … 12 … 9 … 12 … 8 – … 41
Forestburg … 7 … 5 … 9 … 8 – … 29

Slidell- Kayler Talamantes 18, Caitlin Pruett 13, Kylie Franklin 10

Forestburg – Makayla Mason 14, Alexia Britain 4, Samantha Reynolds 2, Kaylee Choate 2, Hope Phipps 2, Kendall Wallace 2

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