Vikings girls and boys win in own tourney

Published 12:18 am Friday, November 30, 2007

VIDALIA — Vidalia may have gotten off to a slow start, but they got it going in the second quarter to down Sicily Island.

The Lady Vikings beat Sicily Island 42-26 in the first game of the Ronnie Brown Memorial Basketball Tournament held at Vidalia.

With three seconds left to go in the first quarter, Rachael Wagoner hit a jumper to put the Lady Vikings up 10-7.

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It was all Vidalia after that.

The Lady Vikings scored another 16 points to increase the lead to 26-16 at the half.

After halftime, Vidalia didn’t let off.

The Vikings put another 11 points up in the third quarter, and added 5 more in the fourth quarter to finish off Sicily Island.

“We need to use this momentum for our game against Ferriday tomorrow,” Vidalia head coach Damus Smith said.

Wagoner finished the game with 10 points and Tyshica Rodgers added 7.

Anjelica Branson led Sicily Island with 21 points.

Vidalia faces Ferriday today at 6 p.m. on the second day of the tournament.

Vidalia boys 66, Block 47

Vidalia used two big runs in the second quarter to pull away from Block and take a 19-point victory.

The Vikings led only 15-12 at the end of the first quarter but used a 12-0 run and an 8-0 run in the second quarter to take control of the game.

Vidalia outscored the Bears 20-5 in the decisive second quarter.

“I was impressed with our defense and shot selection,” Vidalia coach Robert Sanders said. “But there were times we got out of synch.”

The Vikings were able to coast to a victory in the second half.

Gary Steweart led the Vikings with 15 points while Brandon Hawkins scored 12 and Quatrell Thomas added 10.

Block was led by Chris Davis with 12 points and Charles Everitt with eight.

The Vikings will have a day of rest now and will play either Ferriday or Tensas Parish in the championship game.

“We have a day in between these two games and hopefully we’ll be able to use the momentum from this win for Saturday,” Sanders said.