Mandeville’s girls basketball team showed the rest of the area why they are the top-ranked team in the New Orleans Advocate Super 10 poll.
Behind a stellar defensive effort and a combined 39 points from Shantel Short and Elise Reilly, Mandeville easily defeated Slidell 50-23 in District 6-5A action on Friday night.
Running its record to a 21-0 and 5-0 in district play, Mandeville was led by Reilly’s game-high 24 points and 15 from Short.
“Twenty-one and 0 is fantastic,” Reilly said. “But we know it means nothing if we don’t take it one game at a time. Up next for us is Hammond on Tuesday, and that is where all our focus is. Nothing more, nothing less.”
Slidell (14-8, 3-3) was led by Angel Nickolas with seven points and Kayla Curreaux with five.
After falling behind early 4-3, Mandeville took control of the game thanks to an 11-0 run which included a pair of 3-pointers from Reilly.
A 3-pointer by Kiara Favre cut the Mandeville lead to 14-7 with 1:03 to go in the first quarter, but that would be the last points for Slidell until 1:35 to go in the second quarter.
The Mandeville defense was stellar the entire game, forcing 16 turnovers in the first half and 22 for the game.
“I think this was one of, if not our best performances on the season,” Reilly said. “We were able to jump out in front of them early and really keep on them. Our defensive effort really won the game for us tonight, particularly with what we were able to do in the first half.”
Scoring all 31 of Mandeville’s points in the first half, Reilly and Short again led Mandeville on a big run, this time 16-0 to take a commanding 29-7 lead.
“We knew coming into the game how good of a shooting team Slidell was,” Mandeville coach Melissa Weinmunson said. “We had to close out on their jumpers if we were going to be successful. Cedit our team for being able to come out and execute the game plan tonight, particularly defensively.
“It was also nice to be able to play in front of the home crowd. I think that really helped our team’s effort, especially early on.”
Up 31-12 at the half, the first Mandeville basketball not from Reilly and Short came from Reilly Johnson with 3:38 to go in the third quarter.
Mandeville returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Hammond, while Slidell travels out of district to John Ehret on Monday.
“Every opponent in this district is difficult, and every matchup is tough,” Weinmunson said. “We don’t look at the name on the chest of our opponent. We try to come out and treat every opponent like it is a playoff game and give that kind on both sides of the ball.”