Slidell ISD Student Spotlights for Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Slidell Elementary School


Kaydee West

Grade: 3rd

Parents: Johnny and Kim West

Favorite subject: Math

Activities: Basketball, playing tag with friends, drawing

Why this student was chosen: “Kaydee puts forth 100 percent effort in all that she does. She recently competed on the UIL Music Memory team, which won first place. She has also earned multiple paw papers, which recognize students for responsibility, citizenship and trustworthiness. Kaydee sets a positive example for other students through her leadership and positive attitude.” – Principal Taylor Williams

Slidell Junior High


Lander Allgood

Grade: 8th

Parents: Anna and Bill Allgood

Favorite subjects: Computer and science

Activities: Basketball, video games, playing with friends

Slidell High School


Adina Marie Zidermanis

Grade: 10th

Parents: Rosa and Austrunes Zidermanis

Favorite subject: Algebra II

Activities: Art, tennis, basketball

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Basketball: Slidell moves to 2-0 in district

The 15th-ranked Slidell Lady Greyhounds will head into the Christmas break on top of District 21-A.

The Lady Greyhounds beat Bellevue 61-50 Friday to move to 2-0 in their league and 14-3 overall.

Kayler Talamantes paced the Lady Greyhounds, hitting five 3-pointers and scoring 23 points. Jessy Goode and Caitlin Pruett tossed in 12 points each.

The Lady Greyhounds will be off until Jan. 2 when they return to action against Gold-Burg.

BOYD 51,

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets bounced back from their rough District 9-3A opener against Bowie with a 51-42 victory over Holliday Friday.

Kenzie Elkins got the Lady Yellowjackets off to a fast start with 13 points in the first quarter. Elkins hit a pair of 3-pointers in the opening frame. She finished with a team-best 17 points.

Lindsey Thorpe added 13 points. Kayleigh Pappajohn and Alissa Gordon chipped in eight points each.


The Paradise Lady Panthers moved to 2-0 in District 9-3A with a pounding of City View Friday, 77-30.

The Lady Panthers are ranked No. 22 in the latest Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 3A poll.


The Northwest Lady Texans picked up their first District 5-6A win Friday, knocking off Keller Central 48-38.

Alexus Brigham led the Lady Texans with 16 points. Maddie Dodgen added nine points.


The Bridgeport Sissies improved to 16-2 Friday with a 76-36 victory over Mineral Wells.

The Sissies played Wichita Falls Rider Monday at the American Airlines Center.

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Basketball: Lady ‘Hounds mince Panthers, 69-17

The Lady Greyhounds barely broke a sweat Tuesday night in a dominating 69-17 win over rival Saint Jo in the District 21-A opener.

The Panthers couldn’t put up much of a fight as Slidell (13-3, 1-0) kept attacking the paint in an opening 27-5 run.

On the Drive

ON THE DRIVE – Slidell’s Makayla Fitzgerald takes the ball inside during the Lady Greyhounds’ win over Saint Jo Tuesday in the district opener. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Slidell’s Kayler Talamantes shined with a career-high 26 points. She hit 50 percent of her 3-pointers along with the relentless inside attack.

“Kayler seemed to be there at the end of a lot of nice passes to finish around the basket,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “We had a season-best 18 assists. We moved the ball really well and played very unselfishly.”

Slidell didn’t ease off the gas in the second, more than doubling Saint Jo’s efforts to end the half up 41-12.

Both teams avoided foul trouble, combining for 15 free throws. Saint Jo sank 55 percent of their free throws, while Slidell hit 83 percent.

Slidell continued to force turnovers and score big in the second half, outscoring Saint Jo 28-5 in the waning minutes.

Caitlin Pruett and Jessy Goode scored 14 points each. Pruett also had 10 rebounds, seven steals and six assists. Goode had five steals to go along with her career-best scoring effort.

“We did a nice job defensively jumping passing lanes which led to a lot of run out baskets,” Vanover said.

Makayla Fitzgerald finished with seven rebounds – a career-high.

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Basketball: ‘Hounds run past Dogs

Tyler Maynard poured in a career-high 43 points to lead the Slidell Greyhounds back from a 10-point deficit and steal a 68-60 win over the Alvord Bulldogs Tuesday.

Alvord led 37-27 midway through the third quarter. Slidell went on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 37.

The Bulldogs held a 47-45 lead going into the final frame. Slidell pushed ahead with a 23-13 run in the fourth.

“The kids showed a lot of toughness in this game,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick.

Slidell improved to 13-4. Alvord fell to 1-2.

Colton Crane added seven points for Slidell. Mason Maynard pulled down nine boards with his three points.

Troy Morales scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds for Alvord. Damon Ledet had 10 points and four boards. Kory Maag posted eight points and eight rebounds. Joe Randall scored eight points with four boards and six steals.

Alvord used a 22-11 spurt in the second quarter to take a 34-27 halftime advantage.

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Basketball: Slidell earns sweep in Muenster

The Slidell Lady Greyhounds won the Sacred Heart Tournament over the weekend, moving to 12-3 on the season.

Tournament MVP Caitlin Pruett poured in 23 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals in the 55-28 win over Sacred Heart for the title.

Kayler Talamantes added 13 points and seven rebounds. Talamantes made the all-tournament team with Kylie Franklin.

“We played pretty well,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “We started out fast and set the tone for the game.”

Slidell jumped on Sacred Heart 12-2 in the first quarter and led 28-8 at halftime.

The Lady Greyhounds held off Wichita Falls Notre Dame 37-36. Talamantes had 16 points and four rebounds. Franklin finished with 11 points.

Slidell hammered Gold-Burg 86-12. Pruett scored 25 points with 11 rebounds. Talamantes finished with 19 points and Franklin 17.


The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets moved to 11-0, sweeping four games at the Chico Tournament over the weekend.

Boyd beat Forestburg 40-24, Graham 46-30, Chico 55-49 and Prairie Valley 50-10.

Kenzie Elkins put in 16 in the win over Forestburg. Lindsey Thorpe scored 24 against Graham. Karly Kenzie had 15 and Thorpe 14 in the victory over Chico. Thorpe finished with 19 against Prairie Valley.


The Decatur Lady Eagles fell behind Bowie 20-8 in the first quarter and could never catch up in a 69-35 loss Friday.

Makayla Mayfield led Decatur with 11 points. Hannah Dunning and Macen Stripling scored eight each.


The Northwest Lady Texans dropped their 5-6A opener Friday at Keller Fossil Ridge, 57-51.

Alexus Brigham led Northwest with 14 points. Maddie Dodgen had 11 points and Haley Johnson 10.

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Basketball: Teams start district race

Most area girls basketball teams begin the battle for the postseason Tuesday with the start of district play.

Aside from Decatur and Bridgeport, who will not start District 8-4A play until January and Northwest, who started Friday, the rest begin league action Tuesday.

Alvord will play host to Poolville. Boyd takes on Bowie at home. Chico welcomes Era to town. Paradise heads to Jacksboro. Slidell takes on longtime rival Saint Jo at home.

Here’s a brief look at the Wise County teams and their respective districts:


Boyd and Paradise are off to hot starts to the regular season. Boyd entered the Chico Tournament at 7-0. Paradise, who was off this weekend, is 12-2.

But as Paradise coach Kevin Pope points out, everyone starts over Tuesday in what should be a wide-open league with Bowie, Henrietta, Holliday, Jacksboro, Nocona and City View.

“It’s going to be a dogfight,” Pope said. “There’s a couple of good teams that will be staying at home. It’s real balanced. You’ll have to play well every night.”

So far this season with a balanced scoring attack and quick defense, the Lady Panthers have been on most nights against a tough schedule.

“I’m pleased with where we are. We can still improve in several areas,” Pope said. “We did everything we could do to prepare for district.

“Our depth is good. We’ve played 11 players in every game and there’s not one that doesn’t contribute.”

Pope said the unselfishness of his team has been impressive throughout the year.

“There’s time they are almost unselfish to a fault,” he said.

Kaylee McConnell and Courtney Kerr have provided a nice scoring punch. Jett Preather leads the rebounding effort.

The Lady Yellowjackets stayed unbeaten Tuesday, rallying to beat Lake Worth. Sophomore Linsey Thorpe has been consistent down low for the Lady Yellowjackets. She and Kenzie Elkins give Boyd a pair of solid posts with Abby Harrell on the wing.


With each game, Alvord coach John Shelton sees his squad getting better and adapting to his up-tempo system.

Senior guard Katie Claborn is among the area’s leading scorers, averaging 18 points per game. Cierra Rangel and Brianna Ponder are adding a combined 22 points.

Shelton looks forward to getting into 11-2A play with games against Poolville and Valley View before the Christmas break.

“I like that we have the two games before Christmas,” Shelton said. “Every game will be evenly matched. The top four can beat each other.

“This district will be real competitive. Muenster is the team to beat. They’ve got a lot of size and depth. But I expect there to be four teams battling for three spots.”

The Chico Lady Dragons hope to fight their way into the race that Alvord, Collinsville, Era, Lindsay, Muenster, Poolville and Valley View.

Chico beat Bellevue 57-49 Tuesday before starting its tournament Thursday.

Alli York has paced the Lady Dragons with 11.7 points, two steals and 2.1 assists per game. Whitney Renfro is added 8.8 points. Cheyanne Hale is contributing 5.9 points and 8.1 rebounds.


Behind a huge start to the season by Caitlin Pruett, the Slidell Lady Greyhounds are 9-3 entering the weekend.

Pruett is averaging 21.3 points and 11.8 rebounds.

To go along with Pruett, the Lady Greyhounds are getting big contributions from Kayler Talamantes and Kylie Franklin on the scoreboard. Jessy Goode is helping on the boards. Kayson Roof is providing solid defense.

“We’re eight deep and that’s depth that a lot of schools don’t have,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “Caitlin is so versatile that it makes it hard for teams to guard. But with Kayler and Kylie having breakout games, we’ve had four girls in double figures so far. That makes it where teams can’t just look at stopping Caitlin. We have four to five girls that can score and we can dictate what the defense does.”

Slidell is hoping to land on top of 21-A and unseat league champion Bellevue.

The league also includes Gold-Burg, Forestburg, Midway, Prairie Valley, Saint Jo and Tioga.

Slidell starts district with Saint Jo and Bellevue.

“We have those two right off the bat and can start in a hole if we don’t have a good first week,” Vanover said.

“I feel we should be in good shape. I’m cautiously optimistic.”

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Basketball: Lady Eagles crunch Graham

Shelby Drews posted a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while also handing out five assists Tuesday to lead the Decatur Lady Eagles to a 54-29 win over Graham.

The Lady Eagles, ranked No. 21 in the latest 4A Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, improved to 10-1 on the season.

Macen Stripling also joined Drews with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hannah Dunning added eight points and three assists. Makayla Mayfield and Sidney Carter scored four each.

Decatur held Graham to just 11 points in the second half. The Lady Eagles outscored Graham 12-6 in the third and 16-5 in the final frame.

Decatur used a 15-8 run in the second to build a 26-18 halftime lead.

Decatur faced a big challenge Friday, heading to Bowie to face the 22nd ranked team in 3A.


Courtney Kerr scored 18 points, leading the Paradise Lady Panthers to a 60-30 victory.

Paradise ran out to a 15-5 lead and built the advantage to 29-14 at halftime. Paradise never allowed more than nine points in a quarter.

Kaylee McConnell added eight points. Jett Preather, Amber French and Kaitlyn Melvin scored six each.


The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets overcame a scoreless first quarter to rally for a 36-34 win over Lake Worth Tuesday.

Boyd moved to 7-0.

Kenzie Elkins scored 11 points and Linsey Thorpe 10.

After the slow start, Boyd hit double figures in the other three frames.


Kylie Franklin’s three straight 3-pointers to open the second half broke open the game and paced Slidell to a 69-41 win over Bryson.

Franklin finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. She was 4-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc.

“It was 35-25 at half and Kylie hit back-to-back-to-back 3s to start the third and got us rolling,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover.

Caitlin Pruett posted a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Kayler Talamantes scored 13 points with eight boards. Jessy Goode finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.


The Chico Lady Dragons fought back from an early deficit to knock off Bellevue 57-49 Tuesday.

Trailing 32-21 at halftime, Chico went on an 18-8 run in the third and won the game in the fourth with an 18-9 finishing spurt.

Alli York led Chico with 21 points. Kylie Marburger added 11. Whitney Renfro finished with 10 and Cheyanne Hale nine.

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Basketball: Panthers hold on, beat Lindsay

The Paradise Panthers jumped out to an early lead and kept pulling away for a 68-46 win over Lindsay Tuesday.

HOT SHOT – Paradise’s Cash Preather takes a shot at the top of the key in the Panthers’ win Tuesday. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

Brayden Ford poured in 24 points. Hayden Barkely added 12 and Cash Preather eight.

Paradise opened the game with a 21-10 run and led 36-25 at halftime. The Panthers built their advantage to 54-31 in the third quarter.

Paradise moved to 6-2 on the season.


Tyler Maynard led five Slidell players in double figures Tuesday as the Greyhounds blew out Bryson 76-36.

Maynard finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Khristian Talamantes scored 15 points, three assists and four steals. Colton Crane added 12 points, five boards and seven assists. Dustin Davis finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Walker Gladden chipped in 10 points and five boards.

Slidell trailed 11-10 after the first quarter. The Greyhounds then went on a 20-5 run to build a 30-16 halftime lead. Slidell used a 25-12 third quarter to take a 55-28 advantage going into the fourth.

Slidell improved to 9-2.


The Chico Dragons fell behind 27-7 in the first quarter and could never slow down Bellevue Tuesday in an 111-34 loss.

Chico fell to 3-9 on the year.

Jonathan Nabors scored 14, Cameron Weatherly six and Hagen Davis four.

Bellevue built a 54-17 halftime lead and outscored Chico 57-17 in the second half.


After finishing second at the S&S Tournament last weekend, the Boyd Yellowjackets fell to Lake Worth at home Tuesday 60-46.

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Basketball: Pruett leads Slidell to 2-1 showing in Perrin

The Slidell Lady Greyhounds took two of three games at the Perrin Tournament over the weekend.

Slidell finished off the tournament with a 48-42 win over their hosts. Caitlin Pruett poured in 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Slidell rallied from a 26-25 halftime deficit with a 20-6 run in the third quarter.

“We just couldn’t hit a free throw in the fourth quarter, which left them in the ballgame,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “We missed 15 free throws as a team. We can’t do that once district starts.”

Slidell hammered Graford 49-18 to open the tournament. Pruett scored 20, grabbed 12 boards and made six steals. Kylie Franklin had 10 points and four steals.

Slidell opened the game with a 20-9 spurt and led 36-16 at halftime. The Lady Greyhounds held Graford to two points in the second half.

Slidell fell 43-30 to Huckabay. The Lady Greyhounds hit double digits in only one quarter.

“They were really good defensively and when we got a good look, we just couldn’t hit a shot,” Vanover said.

Kayler Talamantes scored 14 points. Pruett finished with 13 points and nine boards.

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Basketball: Slidell captures tourney title

The Slidell Greyhounds blew out District 21-A mate Midway 63-35 Saturday to win the Perrin Tournament.

Slidell went 3-0 at the tournament, improving to 8-2 on the season.

Tyler Maynard continued his torrid pace to start the season, pouring in 25 points and grabbing nine boards against Midway. Khristian Talamantes added 13 points and Mason Maynard 11. Colton Crane handed out nine assists to go along with five points.

Slidell built a 31-17 halftime lead with a 17-7 run in the second quarter.

The Greyhounds started the tournament with an 80-37 win over Mineral Wells Christian. Slidell poured in 48 points in the first half and led by 27 at halftime. The Greyhounds outscored Mineral Wells Christian 32-16 after the break.

Tyler Maynard scored 22 points with six rebounds, seven assists and seven steals. Shelby Johnson added 14 points and Crane 10. Mason Maynard grabbed 13 rebounds with six points. Levi Perkins had 10 boards with nine points.

Tyler Maynard tossed in 31 points with seven rebounds in a 54-37 win over Strawn. Slidell used a 17-9 second-quarter run to take a 28-18 lead and held on the rest of the way.

Johnson chipped in seven points and Talamantes six. Dustin Davis grabbed 10 rebounds.

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Basketball: Blazing the trail

Basketball: Blazing the trail

For three years, Tyler Maynard deferred to the older players on the team during the Slidell Greyhounds’ runs to the postseason.

Now a senior, Maynard is doing more than his part to carry the torch for the program.

Making a Big Jump

MAKING A BIG JUMP – Slidell’s Tyler Maynard has increased his scoring average by more than nine points to 22.4 during the Greyhounds’ 5-2 start. He is also averaging 7.4 rebounds and five assists. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

During the Greyhounds’ 5-2 start, Maynard is averaging a career-high 22.4 points per game to go along with 7.4 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Maynard credits his hard work in the offseason for the his big start.

“I was a role player my first three years,” Maynard said. “I realized I had to work hard this summer and this was going to be my team.”

Maynard also said he was inspired by last year’s leading scorer Isaac Davis, who made a big jump between his junior and senior year. Davis averaged 21.6 points and 10.4 rebounds last year, guiding the Greyhounds to the third round of the playoffs.

“I saw how Isaac led us and he talked to me over the summer. It made me realize that I had to step up my game,” Maynard said. “I want to lead the team to the playoffs.”

Last year, Maynard averaged 13.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists to earn an all-district spot.

Leading the Way

LEADING THE WAY – Slidell’s Tyler Maynard is averaging 22.4 points for the Greyhounds. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

He was the Greyhounds’ leading 3-point shooter last year. While still displaying the ability to hit the perimeter shot, Maynard is being aggressive and also taking the ball to the basket for layups or drawing fouls. In scoring 39 points in a season-opening win over Chico, Maynard hit 16 free throws.

“He’s being much more aggressive and attacking the basket,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick. “He’s seeing the floor and getting the ball to other guys. He’s also rebounding and playing solid defense.

“He’s taken a new role and demeanor. You can see the determination. He knows it’s his senior year and what’s been done the last three years. He’s won 77 games in three years and is on pace to win 100 games.”

While he credits adding muscle and speed to his improvement, Maynard adds that his new mental approach plays a big role. He said he’s more willing to take chances.

“Something clicked in my mind. You can’t be afraid to make mistakes,” he said.

Along with deferring the shots to his older teammates the past three years, he also let them be the vocal leaders. He is no longer the quiet one on the floor.

“I had to step up,” he said. “We’re competitive and want to win every game.”

McCormick said younger players are following his lead.

“His leadership has been contagious,” the coach added.

Maynard, who escaped serious injury in a car wreck as a freshman, isn’t taken this final season on the floor for the Greyhounds or his hot start for granted. He’s just grateful for the opportunity.

“It’s crazy it’s my senior year,” he said. “I hope all the hard work pays off.”

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Basketball: Lady Greyhounds shoot down Chico

To go along with post Caitlin Pruett averaging a double-double in the paint, Slidell found an added lethal offensive dimension Tuesday night with Kayler Talamantes sizzling the net on the perimeter.

Talamantes drained four 3-pointers as part of her 20-point night in the Lady Greyhounds’ 58-36 win over the Chico Lady Dragons at Chico High School gym.

Working Inside

WORKING INSIDE – Slidell’s Caitlin Pruett drives to the basket for two of her 16 points during the Lady Greyhounds’ win Tuesday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“It’s important for me to be able to do that and have that outside shot so we have different ways to score,” Talamantes said.

“We do a lot of drills and it’s helped with my shooting.”

Talamantes hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter as Slidell (6-2) built a 42-28 lead on the Lady Dragons.

“We’ve been waiting for that,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “We knew she had it in her and been waiting for her to get going. She’s showing sparks of it.”

Talamantes’ big night was accompanied by another double-double from Pruett, who finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

Kylie Franklin added eight points and Jessy Goode seven.

Slidell jumped out to a 27-10 lead in the first half. The short-handed Lady Dragons (3-4) scored the final five points of the half to pull within 12, 27-15, at the break.

Slidell maintained the double-digit lead in the third behind Talamantes. The Lady Greyhounds broke the game wide open with an 11-0 run that included a Pruett 3-pointer in the middle of the fourth, going up 23, 53-30.

“We got rolling and our 12-point lead went to 21 just like that,” Vanover said.

Alli York led Chico with 11 points. Kiley Marburger added eight.

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Basketball: ‘Hounds outpace Dragons, 69-47

Playing for a third time in the first few weeks of the season, the Slidell Greyhounds and Chico Dragons traded baskets in a tight game until late in the first half.

The Greyhounds then started to push the tempo, forcing four of Chico’s eight second-quarter turnovers during an 11-0 run. Slidell kept pulling away for a 69-47 win over the Dragons Tuesday at Chico High School gym.

Pushing Ahead

PUSHING AHEAD – Slidell’s Khristian Talamantes throws the ball to a teammate in transition Tuesday in the win over Chico. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“We had that run at the end of second quarter that gave us some breathing room,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick. “It was sloppy at the start, playing them for a third time. But it was a good game overall. The second half we rebounded better.”

The Greyhounds improved to 5-2.

“Overall, we’re playing well,” McCormick said. “We’re blending in well. We have a solid eight-man rotation.”

The Dragons fell to 1-6.

“We’re still learning to put a whole game together,” said Chico coach Troyce Renfro. “We had some opportunities and played a good quarter-and-a-half. We are a little turnover-prone.”

Chico turned the ball over 20 times, including 14 in the first half.

Chris Gilmore’s 3-point shooting kept the Dragons in the game early. He hit two treys in the first quarter that ended with the teams square at 13. Gilmore finished with 16 points.

The game was tied at 23 before Kristian Talamantes hit a pair of free throws for the Greyhounds that started the 11-0 run. Dustin Davis’ 3-pointer put Slidell up 32-23 and forced Renfro to call a timeout with 54 seconds left in the half.

Chico cut the 11-point halftime deficit to seven early in the third quarter.

Tyler Maynard then started to attack the basket, and Shelby Johnson hit outside shots to send Slidell on an 18-8 run. Maynard scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter.

“We went in at half and realized what we needed to do,” Maynard said. “We had forced up a lot of 3s in the first half. I needed to get some easy baskets.”

Johnson, a freshman, came off the bench to hit two of his four 3-pointers in the third quarter to help Slidell build a 52-35 lead. He finished with 17 points.

“Shelby gave us a shot in the arm coming off the bench and hitting some big shots,” McCormick said.

Slidell hit two more 3s in the fourth quarter. For the game, Slidell went 10-for-23 from beyond the arc.

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Basketball Briefs: Alvord blasts Henrietta

The Alvord Lady Bulldogs improved to 5-2 Tuesday with a 79-45 win over Henrietta.

Alvord led 40-25 at halftime and broke the game open in the second half.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well from the field, but our defensive pressure wore them down,” said Alvord coach John Shelton. “We held them to three field goals in the fourth quarter.”

Cierra Rangel led four Alvord players in double figures with 15. Katie Clayborn scored 13, Brianna Ponder 12 and Paycee Edgett 10.


The Chico Lady Dragons went on a 10-5 run in the third quarter to take the lead and held on for a 43-36 win over Perrin Tuesday.

Whitney Renfro led Chico with 16 points. Alli York and Kylie Marburger added nine each.

Chico evened its record at 3-3.


Caitlin Pruett tossed in 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Slidell Lady Greyhounds beat Valley View 59-47 Tuesday.

Kayler Talamantes added 18 points and five boards. Kylie Franklin scored 13 and grabbed nine rebounds.

Slidell moved to 5-2 with the victory. They play at Chico Tuesday.


The Paradise Lady Panthers jumped out to a 22-6 lead on Iowa Park and held on for an eight-point win, 42-34, Tuesday.

Paradise moved to 6-1.

The Lady Panthers went scoreless in the second quarter as Iowa Park went on a 7-0 run. But Paradise was able to get back on track in the second half.

Kaylee McConnell led Paradise with eight points. Aliyah Read, Courtney Kerr and Madi Horn scored six points each.

McConnell tossed in 14 points as the Paradise Lady Panthers crushed Pilot Point Monday 54-26.

Courtney Kerr added 10 points. Jett Preather finished with five.

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Basketball Briefs: Paradise uses fast start to beat Iowa Park, stay ubeaten

The Paradise Panthers are off to a 3-0 start with their new coach Cody Chandler after a 63-32 win over Iowa Park.

Cash Preather, Landry Norwood and Spencer Forsyth finished with 10 points each in the win. Eight different Panthers scored, including John Bridgeman with nine, Patrick Dorado and Caiden Berry with seven each.

“Two guys that didn’t score have been scoring six to 10 points a night,” Chandler said. “It’s a good luxury to have.

“This group is as unselfish as any group I’ve been around in a while. If someone is two steps ahead for a layup, they are giving up the ball. It makes it fun and exciting to watch.”

Paradise jumped on Iowa Park 14-3 in the first quarter and built a 31-8 halftime lead.

“We got after them from the start,” Chandler said.

Paradise beat Godley 64-49 Monday.

The Panthers used a 24-10 run in the second quarter to build a 39-23 lead.

Brayden Ford paced the Panthers with 12 points. Norwood added 11 and Forsyth 10.


The Chico Dragons used a 21-7 run in the second quarter to pull away in a 65-35 win over Perrin Tuesday.

It was the Dragons’ first win of the season as they improved to 1-5.

Chico also outscored Perrin 25-6 in the third to take a 58-23 lead.

Jonathon Neighbors led the Dragons with 16. Chris Gilmore added 15.

Colleyville Heritage 58, Northwest 52 OT

Colleyville Heritage outscored Northwest 11-6 in the extra period for a 58-52 win Tuesday afternoon.

Elijah Christman led Northwest with 15.


Tyler Maynard recorded a triple double to lead the Slidell Greyhounds to a 77-36 win over Valley View Tuesday.

Maynard finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Khristian Talamantes added 15 points and Dustin Davis 12.

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Basketball: Lady ‘Hounds defend home court at Slidell Tourney

Caitlin Pruett poured in 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday to lead the Slidell Lady Greyhounds to a 66-47 victory in the finals of the Slidell Tournament.

Pruett was one of three Lady Greyhounds to make all-tournament, joining Kylie Franklin and Kayler Talamantes.

Slidell took an 18-11 lead on Chico in the first quarter and built the advantage to 31-18 at halftime. Behind Pruett’s big night and Talamantes’ 20-point, eight-rebound performance, the Lady Greyhounds continued to pull away in the second half, outscoring Chico 25-19.

Whitney Renfro paced Chico with 14 points. Kiley Marburger added 13. Ali York and Hope Webb had nine each.

Slidell went 4-0 at the tournament.

The Lady Greyhounds beat Savoy 66-26 with Pruett scoring 23 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Franklin finished with 14 points and eight boards. Talamantes had 13 points, 12 rebounds and four steals.

Slidell took down Texoma Christian 57-48. Pruett scored 20 points and grabbed seven boards.

Slidell closed the game on a 12-7 run to hold on for the win.

Talamantes had 14 points and five boards. Jessy Goode scored five and grabbed five rebounds.

Saturday morning, Slidell used an 18-10 run in the second quarter to build a 31-19 lead on the way to a 54-31 win over Forestburg.

Pruett’s double-double of 23 points and 10 boards led a trio of Lady Greyhounds in double figures. Franklin scored 12 points. Goode finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Slidell returned to action Tuesday at home against Valley View.

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Basketball: Pruett posts double-double in win

The Slidell Lady Greyhounds evened their record on the season Tuesday with a 53-30 win over Chico.

Caitlin Pruett posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. She went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line.

As a team, Slidell went 18-for-21 at the line.

“It’s a good win but we will have to start shooting the ball better as a team,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “We did a good job from the free-throw line.”

Slidell out shot Chico 14-3 in the first quarter and built a 30-11 halftime lead.

“We came out strong and jumped on them early,” Vanover said. “We were a little too aggressive defensively and got into a bit of foul trouble.”

Chico cut Slidell’s lead to 15, 40-25, in the third quarter. The Lady Greyhounds then ended the game on a 13-5 run.

Kylie Franklin scored nine points, hitting seven free throws in eight attempts. She had two rebounds and six steals. Megan Garcia hit three 3-pointers for nine points.

Kayler Talamantes had eight points and nine rebounds. Jessy Goode finished with six points and eight boards. Brooklyn Rambsel chipped in four.

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Basketball: Maynard blazes trail for Hounds in opener

Behind Tyler Maynard’s double-double of 39 points and 10 rebounds, the Slidell Greyhounds ran past Chico 71-49 in their season opener Tuesday.

“It was great way to get the season started,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick.

Maynard hit 16 free throws and one 3-pointer on his way to 39 points. He added six assists and made two steals to add to his big line.

Khristian Talamantes added 14 points. Levi Perkins scored five points and grabbed eight rebounds. Mason Maynard had two points and eight boards.

Slidell broke open the game in the second quarter with a 25-12 run, taking a 42-25 lead.

The Greyhounds led 53-39 going into the fourth quarter and finished the game on an 18-10 run over the final eight minutes.

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Basketball: Sissies win season opener

The Bridgeport Sissies held Millsap to just three points in the third quarter – 16 after halftime – on the way to a 41-38 victory Tuesday.

“It took a team effort on the defensive end to get the job done,” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor. “We made some critical defensive adjustments at halftime that our kids did a good job of executing.”

Bailey Thompson led the Sissies with 12 points. Lauren Stowers added eight and Gabby Mindieta five.

“Our bigs did a good job of blocking out and winning the battle of the boards against a team that was bigger,” Taylor said.

The Sissies jumped out to a 12-9 lead in the first quarter and led 26-22 at the break. Bridgeport outscored Millsap 5-3 in the third quarter to take a 31-25 advantage.

Millsap cut the deficit to three in the final frame.

“Our experience played a huge role in the game tonight,” Taylor said. “We were able to maintain our composure in several situations that could have resulted in us handing Millsap the game. It was good to finish on top of this one.”


The Northwest Lady Texans made 14 steals and suffocated Boswell on the defensive end for a 68-38 win in their season opener Tuesday.

Alexus Brigham, the Wise County Newcomer of the Year in 2013-14, turned in a huge game with 21 points and six steals. Brigham was 7-for-9 from the field, including hitting two of her three 3-point attempts.

Tara Crumpton added nine points and Bre Hardin eight.

Northwest shot 53 percent from the field and hit seven 3-pointers.

The Lady Texans jumped out to a 12-5 lead and never looked back. Northwest went on a 19-8 run in the second quarter and led 31-13 at halftime.

The Lady Texans continued to pull away in the second half, building a 45-22 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Northwest added 23 in the final frame.


The Slidell Lady Greyhounds came out on the short end Tuesday in a matchup of top-10 teams in the Texas Association Basketball Coaches’ preseason Class A poll.

No. 5 Lipan opened the game on a 22-6 run and went on for a 63-31 win over No. 9 Slidell.

“Lipan is very good,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “They have been the best team in the region for the last several years. They do a great job of keeping the ball on one side of the floor defensively and forcing you into a trap.

“We did some good things. Now, we need to build on those and be better Friday.”

After falling down early by 16, Slidell cut the deficit to 28-14 at halftime. Lipan then went on a 19-6 run in the third quarter.

Kylie Franklin led Slidell with 13 points. Caitlin Pruett added nine and Kayler Talamantes four.


The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets started the season Tuesday with a 53-23 win over North Hills.

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Cross Country: Slidell finishes 11th in Class A

The Slidell Lady Greyhounds again proved to be the best team out of Class A Region III.

But on the state stage, that garnered 11th place.

The Lady Greyhounds tallied 225 points at the University Interscholastic League cross country championships at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park.

Hartley won the Class A crown with 99 points. Douglass was second with 113 and Garden City third with 140.

“I thought we ran well and hard,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover. “Our splits were about right. It was a fast race and tough course.

“I’m proud of them. They are our first girls team to make it here.”

Caitlin Pruett turned in the Lady Greyhounds’ top finish, taking 21st in 13:32.6 on the 3,200-meter course.

Pruett moved up 19 spots in the final mile.

“I knew I was in 43rd with 1,200 meters left,” Pruett said. “I knew I had to start picking off people. With 800 to go, I went into track mentality and picked some people off.

“It’s been a great year. We got here because we love each other and worked hard for each other.”

Kayson Roof took 58th in 14:15.03. Makayla Fitzgerald ran 14:21.42 for 67th. Kylie Franklin was 84th in 14:41.57. Sydney Keating crossed the finish line in 15:49.3 as Slidell’s fifth runner in 129th.

Megan Garcia finished 149th in 18:31.79 and Jessy Goode 150th in 21:23.95.

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