Vidalia, Ferriday boys begin playoff action

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 24, 2000

Vidalia High and Ferriday High’s boys basketball teams hope to fair better than their girls’ teams as they begin Class 2A playoff action today.

The Lady Vikings and Lady Trojans both lost out in first round play last week.

Vidalia, the District 3-2A champion, hosts defending state champion Coushatta at 7 p.m., while Ferriday a wild card from District 3-2A, travels to Opelousas Catholic.

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Coushatta defeated McCall by one points to win state last year.

&uot;They lost two or three of their main scorers, but they still have a scorer from the outside, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard,&uot;&160;said Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders. &uot;They match up similar to Natchez, which gave us some problems.&uot;

Vidalia split a pair of games with Natchez this year.

Vidalia has not played since defeating Epps last Friday.

&uot;The guys appear to be ready,&uot;&160;Sanders said. &uot;We had a good, hard practice (Wednesday).&uot;

Vidalia enters the game with a 28-3 record.

&uot;The main thing we have to do is stay out of foul trouble,&uot; Sanders said. &uot;We have to bring our best game.

Admission to the game is $4.

The Vidalia-Coushatta winner takes on the winner of the Livonia at Many game next Friday. If Many and Vidalia win, the Vikings will host the second round game.

Opelousas Catholic captured its district championship.

&uot;They have a big guy, 6-foot-6, and another guy 6-4 who’s a pretty good player who can put it on the floor and shoot it from the outside,&uot; said Ferriday coach James M. Davis. &uot;They have an outstanding point guard who is their all-time leading scorer and have another good player on the perimeter.&uot;

Davis said his team will play a lot of man-to-man defense.

&uot;We’re going to have to do a lot of trapping and pressing,&uot; Davis said. &uot;We don’t want it to get into an up-tempo game, because that’s what they like. We can’t let them get the big jump on us.&uot;

Davis said. &uot;If we keep the tempo in our favor, who should be in good shape.&uot;