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By Richard Greene
The Slidell Lady Greyhounds’ plan was simple Friday night — run.
For four quarters, they kept the track shoes on, running away from the Blum Lady Bobcats in a 57-24 victory in the Class A Division II Region III area title game at Aledo High School.
“We definitely brought the track shoes,” said Slidell junior forward Allie Staub, who finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. “We got up the floor as fast as we could and never let up.”
With the victory, Slidell (20-8) moves on to play Trinidad in the region quarterfinal Tuesday at Alvarado High School at 7 p.m.
“This means so much,” said Slidell junior Chanel Brewer. “We knew we could do it.”
Slidell started pushing the tempo from the opening tip, and Blum fell into the trap of trying to run with them.
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Blum stayed within through the first quarter, trailing just 11-7. In the second quarter, the quick pace did it in. Blum committed 10 turnovers in the second quarter and went 0-for-11 from the field. Slidell outscored Blum 16-2 in the frame, building a 27-9 halftime lead.
“Our gameplan was to run and I felt like we could,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “I thought they would try to run with us and they did. But I didn’t feel they could keep up. We were exhausted [in the second quarter] but we kept running. It helps that we’re able to play eight deep.”
Slidell scored the final 16 points of the first half. Sophomore guard Bobbi Clemmer put in six of her 13 points in the run.
Slidell built its lead to 20 at the end of the third quarter, 42-22.
The Lady Greyhounds took a 30-point lead, 54-24, on Ashton Stroope’s basket with 2:10 left. Freshman Amber Maness closed the blowout with a 3-pointer.
Slidell shot 24-for-64 for the game.
Katy Stephens joined Staub and Clemmer in double figures with 10. Rebekah McGregor added six. Sarah Davis scored four. Maness had three and Shanda Woodruff two.
Madison Williamson led Blum with seven points.
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