Vidalia sweeps titles

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 18, 1999

FERRIDAY, La. — Vidalia High head boys basketball coach Robert Sanders appealed to his team’s pride after the Vikings fell behind 26-14 in the first quarter.

The Vikings then outscored Ferriday 24-18 in the second quarter and 15-4 in the third period.

The Vikings then put the game away in the final period, outscoring Ferriday 15-9 to walk away with a 68-57 win over the Trojans to capture the Ferriday Coca-Cola Classic Saturday.

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Vidalia’s girls made it a sweep of tournament titles with a 54-49 win over Ferriday.

The win at Ferriday’s gym was the first for Sanders in his nine years as Vidalia coach.

&uot;We got behind by 16 points, but cut it to four before they went up by six in the third quarter,&uot; Sanders said. &uot; I think the kids felt a sense of urgency. We just got back into playing our game.&uot;

Vidalia improved to 14-0 with the win.

&uot;I think the fact this was the third time we played them may have had something to do with our slow start,&uot; Sanders said.

Ronald Ellis led Vidalia with 19 points, Andre Singleton added 11, while Jarvis Vaughn netted 10.

Derrick Johnson of Vidalia was named tournament MVP, while Vaughn, Singleton, Ellis, Chris Kennedy and Dariel Mays were named all-tournament.

After an 11-11 first period standoff, the Lady Vikings outscored Ferriday 17-13 in the second quarter.

Ferriday took a 39-36 lead after three periods before Vidalia came back to outscore the Lady Trojans 18-10 in the final period.

Brittany Williams scored 12 points for Vidalia, while Breny Ellis and Natalie McGraw added 10 each.

McGraw was named tournament MVP, while Wendy Paul, Tiyree Riley, Ellis, Williams and Ellis was named to the all-tournament team.