Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 17, 2000
FERRIDAY, La. – Vidalia senior Jarvis Vaughn’s three consecutive three-pointers in the fourth quarter helped the Vikings take the final game of the Coca-Cola/Ferriday High School Invitational Tournament 58-52 Saturday, paying back Ferriday for the Trojans’ Dec. 2 win at Vidalia’s Ronnie Brown Invitational Tournament.
Not that payback was on the minds of Vidalia’s players and coaches.
&uot;Our primary goal was to identify where we were weak and improve on those areas,&uot; said Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders.
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&uot;As for our secondary goal,&uot; Sanders said with a smile and a shrug. &uot;Well, they did win our tournament.&uot;
Vaughn, who took tournament MVP honors, was non-plussed after the victory.
&uot;It was just another win,&uot; he said. &uot;Everything now is just helping us get ready for district. All these tournaments – they’re just getting us ready for district.
&uot;They won our tournament and we won theirs,&uot; he said. &uot;We’re even.&uot;
Actually, the teams were even at the half, with the score tied 25-25. The second-half score remained close, even after Ferriday opened the third quarter with three-point shots from Jason Scott and Jackie Thomas. Vidalia answered with a pair of threes by Vaughn and Kenny Warner to tie the game at 37-37.
&uot;I think we stepped it up in the second half,&uot; Sanders said. &uot;We started playing our kind of ball.&uot;
Vaughn led all scorers with 28 points, and he added nine rebounds, seven steals and two blocks. Jason Scott led Ferriday with 19 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a block.
Scott’s statistics may have been better, had two fouls in the first minute of the game not forced him to sit for the first quarter. Vidalia took advantage of the big man’s absence to build an early 8-0 lead.
However, Vidalia soon had foul trouble of its own, as team fouls sent Ferriday to the bonus in the first quarter. Nine of Ferriday’s 17 second-quarter points came from foul shots.
Three Trojans scored in double figures – Scott; Thomas, who finished with 11; and Lawrence Washington, who scored 10 points off the bench.
The win makes Vidalia 10-4 on the season, while Ferriday now drops to 7-6.
Both Ferriday and Vidalia next travel to Jonesville to play in the Block High School Invitational Tournament, which starts on Dec. 20.