Vikings tested, but pull out tough victory

Published 12:10 am Saturday, January 12, 2008

VIDALIA — Vidalia was tested over and over, yet pulled out the win against a fiery Tioga team.

The Vikings, who have struggled lately, pulled together in what Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders called a team effort and beat the Tioga Indians by one point, 61-60.

Tioga started out strong, but Vidalia pulled back quickly and trailed by two at the half.

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“I thought once we settled down, we played better overall,” Sanders said.

After the half, the lead went back and forth between the two teams with each team playing aggressively.

Vidalia used better shot selection and grabbed more rebounds and started to pull away when the Indians came right back and closed the gap to one.

The intensity built as the time ticked off the clock, but it was ultimately Vidalia who kept the lead and stayed out of foul trouble.

Brandon Hawkins once again led Vidalia with 17 points while Quan Riley chipped in 14.

Tioga was lead by Hakeem Welch who poured on 33 points. Corey Alexander added nine.

Buckeye girls 51, Vidalia 27

The Vidalia girls did what they could and held on in the first quarter, but ultimately it was Buckeye’s game as they dominated the Lady Vikings in only their second district game of the season.

Vidalia was within four when the first quarter was over, but Buckeye pulled away and led by nine at the half.

Buckeye then continued their attack in the third under the strong leadership of Kayla Tobey.

The Lady Panthers slowed down in the fourth quarter, but it was too late for Vidalia to come back.

What plagued the Lady Vikings is that they couldn’t ever get their offense going.

Tobey led Buckeye in scoring with 11 points and Kayla Blood added 10.

Tyshica Rodgers was the leading scorer for Vidalia with eight points while Rachael Wagoner scored six for the Lady Vikings in the losing effort.