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Horner drops 35, Slidell routs Forestburg for ninth straight win

By By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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The points came in droves for Slidell senior Hunter Horner Tuesday night.

Horner helped the Greyhounds start the game on a 30-5 run and scored 21 of his game-high 35 points in the second half. For his final act of the evening, Horner knocked down a pull-up, transition 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to give Slidell a 96-33 win over Forestburg.

Photo courtesy Whitney Ellison.

The Greyhounds have now won nine straight games and are 18-6 overall with a 3-0 mark in District 22-1A.

“Everybody is pitching in,” said Slidell coach Casey Pierce. “Everybody has their night when they have a big one and Hunter’s was tonight.”

Four Greyhounds ended the game in double figures. Brock Harwell poured in 14 points off the bench. Ben McCasland and Berto Hernandez each tallied 11.

Every Slidell player scored in the win.

“We’ve been more balanced this year all the way from start to finish,” Pierce said. “Of the nine guys we typically carry on the roster, seven of them have scored 20 or more at some point in the season. It makes things easier.”

The Greyhounds took a 46-20 lead into halftime. Slayton Pruett put an exclamation point on the first half with a rim-rocking dunk that sent Slidell’s crowd into a frenzy.

Photo courtesy Whitney Ellison.

Forestburg continued to struggle on offense in the third quarter, as the Greyhounds held them to just four points in the frame. Slidell outscored the Longhorns 46-13 in the second half and forced more than 20 turnovers on the night.

“We really work on our lockdown defense,” Horner said. “A lot of teams are just not used to running that fast the whole game.”

Horner gave the Greyhounds a 77-24 advantage entering the fourth quarter with an and-one in transition, finishing an acrobatic layup through contact. He tallied 11 points in the frame.

“Just genetics,” Horner joked. “People are always like ‘You can stay in the air for so long.’ I don’t know how I do it, I just go up and try to finish it.”

Slidell has not lost a game since Dec. 11 at Valley View.

Pierce said Tuesday’s victory was important heading into the Greyhounds’ next two games, which are road contests against Saint Jo and Gold-Burg.

“It was big in the sense that the next two games are probably against the top two teams in our district,” Pierce said. “The defense was important just because we’re going to have to have the same type of defense against Saint Jo and Gold-Burg, for sure. If nothing else, it was a preparation of what’s to come

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