Ferriday, Vidalia finish 4-2A tied

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 1, 2006

TALLULAH, La. &8212; With second place in District 4-2A on the line for Ferriday, the Trojans knew they would be in for a battle with the Madison Jaguars, who are ranked No. 3 in Class 2A.

An upset win by Ferriday and it would clinch a playoff spot by finishing second by itself in district play. A loss by the Trojans and a win by Vidalia over Lake Providence would put the Concordia Parish rivals in a tie for second place in the district.

It&8217;s the latter.

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Madison&8217;s strong second half was key in a 78-50 win at home over the Trojans. Ferriday (3-3, 20-11) sat tied at 28 at halftime before Madison held a 21-10 edge in the third and 29-12 edge in the fourth.

Madison, the 4-2A champs, got 25 points from Keith Williams. LaKenyon Russ led the Trojans with 15 points.

Vidalia 54, Lake Providence 44

LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. &8212; The Vikings needed to defeat the Panthers, winless in District 4-2A going in, to keep their playoff chances alive.

And they did just that, even though it wasn&8217;t as easy as it could have been. Vidalia (3-3, 15-12) needed an 18-10 advantage in the fourth quarter to pull away after leading by just two points after three quarters of play.

Lake Providence (0-6, 4-17) trailed Vidalia 16-10 at the end of the first but outscored the Vikings in each of the next two quarters to get back in the game.

Brandon Hawkins led the Vikings with 17 points. Dontrell Gilmore led the Panthers with 11 points.

Warren Central 74, Natchez 72

NATCHEZ &8212; This one stayed close throughout, and the Bulldogs had a chance on a last possession to tie it up and send it into overtime.

But they turned it over with three seconds left to allow the Vikings to close it out.

Natchez led 19-12 after one and 34-32 at halftime before Warren Central tied the score at 49 heading into the fourth quarter.

Michael Chatman led Natchez with 28 points. Shawn Walker led Warren Central with 15.

Jefferson County 47, Franklin 41

WESSON &8212; The Tigers used a 14-5 advantage in the third quarter to erase a one-point halftime deficit and held on to stun the Bulldogs at the Mullen Gym on the Co-Lin campus.

Percy Turner led Jefferson County (12-10) with 15 points and Kenneth Lowe had 11 points. Wesley Brown led Franklin County (11-9) with 19 points, but Marcus Tillman was held to just nine points.

Cathedral 50, Salem 44

SALEM &8212; The Green Wave was able to overcome a three-point second quarter that had them trailing by seven points at halftime by outscoring the Wildcats 20-9 in the deciding fourth quarter to somehow get out of town with the win in Region 7-1A action.

Matt Goss led Cathedral (4-8, 11-15) with 19 points. Shannon Ratliff led Salem (1-11, 1-19) with a game-high 20 points.

The Green Wave will be the No. 5 seed in the Region 7-1A Tournament next week at Enterprise, while the Wildcats will enter as the No. 7 seed.