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Three local schools get work in at Concordia jamboree

FERRIDAY — Both Ferriday High and Vidalia High’s varsity basketball coaches got a good look as to what is expected of their teams Saturday afternoon at the 2013 Concordia Parish Jamboree at the Ferriday High School.

Tensas High School also participated in the three-school jamboree. Ferriday Lady Trojans head coach Lisa Abron said the jamboree is an opportunity for not only the coaches but the fans to see what could be in store the upcoming 2013-2014 season.

“Overall, it’s always good to have the local teams participate,” Abron said. “We look forward to seeing everybody. It was a good turnout. It’s a good family atmosphere. The gym was full. There were a lot of people here representing each team. We know each team very well. It’s a time for people to brag on their teams. I think everyone was satisfied with each team.”

Abron said she was pretty pleased with how her team performed against Tensas High and Vidalia, but there is plenty of room for improvement.

Ferriday Trojans head coach K.G. Watkins said it was hard to evaluate just how good his team could be considering that football season had just ended on Friday night.

“We just got all the guys that just completed football,” Watkins said. “They’re a long ways away. The kids that are already here are eighth-graders. It’s going to take us a lot of time. Unfortunately, time is against us because the season starts Tuesday.”

In fact, Ferriday’s varsity teams have three games this week — at home versus Tensas High on Tuesday, at Vidalia on Friday, and at home versus Natchez High on Saturday.

“We’re going to have a lot of practice and a lot of work. But I do like their attitudes. The kids are willing to work,” Watkins said. “We’re going to work in the gym Monday to get ready for Tuesday. Then we’ll practice Thursday for Friday and Saturday. But I’m feeling pretty good overall.”

Watkins added that during the Thanksgiving holiday break, his team will get in some much-needed practice.

Vidalia Vikings head coach Robert Sanders said there were some things that need to be addressed, but he was pleased with how the team moved the ball around to get good shots.

“They were patient on offense, which is always a concern. Ten-minute quarters is not a lot of time,” Sanders said. “We need to work on blocking out and getting back on defense after a missed shot. Also, we’re still working on player rotation.”

Vidalia Lady Vikings head coach Fred Marsalis was not available for comment.

Vidalia begins its season next Thursday when it hosts Ferriday.