By Richard Greene
For stretches of the second quarter Tuesday, Slidell’s Scott Bingham and Cord Hankins appeared to be playing their own game long-distance catch.
Bingham would corral a loose ball or rebound and throw a three-quarters court pass ahead to a sprinting Hankins for a breakaway layup during the Greyhounds’ 73-17 victory over the Saint Jo Panthers.
Hankins finished with 20 points, including his 12 in transition on six layups in the second quarter. Three were off passes from Bingham.
“Coach [Todd McCormick] asked me to be the bird tonight and run out in front,” Hankins said.
Bingham added: “It’s what coach has asked me to do to try to throw it ahead. I’ve been practicing with Trent.”
McCormick liked how the quarterback and receiver combination worked in the Greyhounds’ third straight win in District 17-A.
“Cord does a good job of running down the floor, and Scott has a good arm to get the ball out there,” the coach said. “It’s a little unorthodox, but effective.”
The Greyhounds (16-5) had plenty of opportunities to try the home run passes because of their work on the defensive end, creating turnovers. Saint Jo committed 33 turnovers, including 11 in the third quarter.
Saint Jo managed just seven field goals, including three in the second half. The Panthers did not score a point from the 5:25 mark of the second quarter until 2:11 of the third.
“We forced a lot of turnovers and bad shots,” McCormick said. “In the second half we continued to play. In the first half, we had some turnovers and that hurt our defense.”
Offensively, nine different Slidell players scored. Daniel McCasland finished with 20 points.
Slidell scored the game’s first seven points and led 16-4 after the first quarter.
The Greyhounds went on a 17-0 run over the final 5:14 of the first half to take a 37-8 halftime lead.
Slidell built the lead to 48 points, 58-10, heading into the final frame. The Greyhounds outscored Saint Jo 21-2 in the third quarter with six points from Trent Garrett.
The game was Garrett’s first action since being in an accident Jan. 2. He wore No. 23 in honor of senior classmate and Lady Greyhound Sarah Davis, who was injured in the wreck. She attended Tuesday’s game.
Slidell guard Tyler Maynard, who was also in the accident, finished with three points.