WHITESBORO — In the middle of the third quarter the Savoy Lady Cardinals were in position to make a run. But Slidell’s up-tempo pace in the first half had slowed them down.

WHITESBORO — In the middle of the third quarter the Savoy Lady Cardinals were in position to make a run. But Slidell’s up-tempo pace in the first half had slowed them down.


"The speed of the game took a toll our legs," Savoy head coach Dusty Burkhalter said. "They move the ball up and down the floor so well."


Slidell overcame just one made basket in the third quarter and having its top two scorers sitting with foul trouble to pull away from the Lady Cardinals for a 54-29 victory in a Class 1A Division II Region III bi-district game on Wednesday night.


Slidell will face Saltillo in the area round at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at Blue Ridge.


After the Lady Hounds got a 3-pointer from Megan Garcia right after halftime, Slidell didn’t score for six minutes. In the later stages of the quarter, Caitlin Pruett — who had a game-high 20 points — and Kylie Franklin, who chipped in 11 points, were pulled because they had combined to commit seven fouls at that point.


Savoy managed just three points of its own, none after Hanna White’s free throw with 3:56 on the clock, and the Lady Cardinals missed their chance to get the deficit back to single-digits heading to the fourth quarter.


Jerica Isom led the way with nine points while White added eight points for Savoy, which returns its entire roster except for White. More than half of the Lady Cardinals’ third-place effort in District 22-A (I) are freshmen or sophomores.


"This is six years in a row to make the playoffs. A lot of these girls, however, are there for the first time," Burkhalter said. "With such a large group of freshmen and sophomores, it speaks a lot to their resolve. With each game you could see the improvement. You could see things starting to come around."


Slidell took a 15-point lead to the fourth quarter and started the frame on a 14-2 run over the first five minutes. Savoy made only three shots in the second half and totaled nine for the game.


Slidell scored the first 13 points by the midway point of the opening quarter and Savoy didn’t get on the board until Callie Daniel’s bank show with just over two minutes left on the clock. But Jerica and Keara Isom hit 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds to get the Lady Cards within 16-8.


"That’s the kind of team we’ve been all year long," Burkhalter said. "We’ll scrap and claw to get back in it. There’s absolutely no quit."


Twice in the second quarter Jerica Isom made 3-pointers to make it a two-possession game, the last with 4:52 left in the half. But Slidell made her a focus defensively from that point on and kept her from making another shot.


Pruett, who scored 10 points in each half, responded from long range and the Lady Hounds were able to push their lead back to double-digits, 28-17, at the break.