By SCOTT TYLER

H-P Sports Editor



TROUP — Slocum had to go on extra game just to make the playoffs.

Now that the Lady Mustangs are in the playoffs, they want to stay for a while.

Slocum opened the playoffs cruising to a 71-30 win over Karnack in the Class A, Division II bi-district round.

“Karnack plays with a lot of energy and are aggressive and we were able to match that and impose our will,” Slocum head coach Barry Gill said. “We really executed well in the first half.”

Slocum (27-8) will play Saltillo in the area round of the playoffs Friday in Lindale. The time of the game will be determined at a later time.

The Lady Mustangs had to rally Friday night to defeat Kennard in a third-place tiebreaker to get into the playoffs. There was no need for a rally Tuesday night.

The Lady Mustangs led the entire game, scoring the first seven points and by the opening minutes of the second quarter, Slocum had a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.

Leah O’Dell led Slocum with 14 points and when she was not scoring, she was distributing the ball around for others to score.

“Leah played real well tonight,” Gill said. “She got us into our sets on offense and she made the right decisions with the basketball.”

Rebekah Thomason had 10 points and Kaylee Webb added nine points. Slocum had 10 players score and Gill had most of his bench players in the game by the fourth quarter.

Gill said getting his bench players the chance to get into a playoff game will help during practice.

“It helps those players to get motivated to practice hard,” the Slocum head coach said. “It keeps their morale high in practice.”

Slocum scored the first seven points of the game with two baskets inside the paint from Thomason and a three pointer from Webb.

Slocum led 16-7 after the first quarter and then scored the first six points of the second quarter. On back-to-back possession, O’Dell made a basket and then found Thomason for a basket. After the Thomason basket, Webb stole the inbound pass and made the layup for a 22-9 lead.

Slocum finished the first half on a 9-0 run started when Shelby Stephens made a basket from the paint. In the final minute of the quarter, Laci Martin hit a three pointer from the corner and then O’Dell had a back door pass to Kennedy Swain for a layup and Slocum led 37-15.

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Scott Tyler may be contacted via e-mail at styler@palestineherald.com

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