Trojan boys power past Vidalia

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 23, 2007

RAYVILLE — The Ferriday Trojans were tired of taking home second place trophies in tournaments, so they did something about it Saturday night.

The Trojans defeated rival Vidalia 61-46 in the championship game of the Rayville Basketball Tournament.

“I told the team before the game I had two second place trophies sitting on my desk and Vidalia had two first place trophies,” Ferriday coach K.G. Watkins said. “It was time for us to get one.”

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The Trojans led only 13-11 after the first quarter but outscored the Vikings 17-8 in the second quarter and were never threatened after that.

“We’re playing better defense and are shooting the ball better,” Watkins said. “The football players are getting their basketball legs under them and the intensity level is finally up. I knew it would come, it was just a matter of time.”

Ferriday improved to 10-8 on the season with the win.

Montrell Tennesse led Ferriday with 17 points while Alrion McKeel scored 16 for the Trojans.

Vidalia was led by Brandon Hawkins with 14 points and Gary Stewart with 12.

Rayville girls 63, Ferriday 52

The Lady Trojans couldn’t duplicate what their male counterparts had done as they fell in the championship game to the host school.

Ferriday led 16-11 after one quarter but were outscored by 13 points over the second and third quarters as Rayville pulled away.

The Lady Trojans (16-4) were led by Jasmine Upchurch with 21 points and Chante Poole with 11.

Ashley Qualls and Maroin Kelly both scored 20 points for Rayville in the winning effort.