Boys roundups: Jefferson County tops Vidalia 67-59
FAYETTE — Ryale Brown led all scorers with 21 points while Nicholas Brown and Jamel Anderson poured in 16 points each as the Jefferson County Tigers defeated the Vidalia Vikings 67-59 Tuesday night.
The second and third quarters were key factors in Jefferson County’s win. After a back-and-forth first quarter that ended with Vidalia leading 20-18, the Tigers ramped up their defense, forcing the Vikings into several turnovers.
The Tigers outscored the Vikings 13-8 in the second quarter for a 31-28 halftime lead and 20-12 in the third quarter for a 51-40 advantage.
“Our defensive pressure was the big difference in the ball game,” Jefferson County head coach Marcus Walton said. “We finally made a few shots from the outside, which we’ve struggled with. But we didn’t execute at all. Vidalia played extremely hard.”
Isiah Thompson led Vidalia with 14 points while Deion Brown had 12 points and Julius Wilson added 1-0 points.
Jefferson County (2-3) next plays at Amite County on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Vidalia (0-2) plays at Franklin Parish on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Ferriday 71, Tensas High 68
FERRIDAY — Will Scott led a balanced scoring attack for Ferriday with 16 points as the Trojans held on to defeat the Tensas High Panthers in their season- and home-opener Tuesday night.
Quavion Ellis and Steve Wilson added 13 points each while Shannon Morales chipped in with 10 points for Ferriday, which had to fend off a fourth-quarter comeback attempt by Tensas High to escape with the win.
“This is our first game. We came out with a lot of intensity.We came out really aggressive,” head coach K.G. Watkins said. “We played three good quarters and we fell apart defensively in the fourth quarter. We’ve got to learn how to finish.”
Watkins added that even though the Trojans didn’t particularly shoot the ball well from the field, they did make their free throws.
Andre Watkins led Tensas High with a game-high 24 points and Author Gray had 16 points.
Ferriday (1-0) plays at Natchez High on Tuesday, Nov. 27.