Vikings stay undefeated in district play with win

Published 12:06 am Saturday, January 26, 2008

VIDALIA — Vidalia used yet another narrow win to stay undefeated in district.

The Vikings (17-5, 4-0) beat the Marksville Tigers 71-65 in a very physical game.

Marksville took an early lead on Vidalia, but the Vikings warmed up and came right back to tie it up at the end of the first quarter.

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It continued to be a close game with the lead constantly changing, but the Vikings took a two-point lead at the half.

The Vikings came out strong in the third quarter and, led by Gary Stewart, took a 10 point lead over Marksville midway through the third before the Tigers fought back and closed the gap to four.

Vidalia would use clutch shooting and key three-pointers to seal the victory in the fourth.

“It was a hard-fought win,” Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders said. “We made the key shots necessary for us to win.”

“The referees took that win from our kids,” Marksville head coach Chris Dupuy said.

Stewart led the Vikings with 19 points while teammate Chip Davis added 13.

Jermain Augustine led the Tigers with 21 points. Nigel Brown chipped in 13.

Marksville girls 57, Vidalia 21

The Marksville Lady Tigers took another one from Vidalia.

Marksville (30-1, 6-0) rolled to a 57-21 victory over the Lady Vikings to remain undefeated in district play.

Marksville dominated all aspects of the game, ending the first quarter with an 18-4 lead.

The second quarter was no different as Vidalia could only manage to score two points while Marksville put up 22.

“I was pleased with the way we played,” Marksville head coach Jennifer Harper said. “Our transition offense was especially effective.”

Vidalia and Marksville both played a slow third as each team only scored four points in the quarter.

The Vikings finally got some momentum going and scored 17 points in the fourth, but it was too late.

“We had some improvement tonight,” Vidalia head coach Damus Smith said.

Rachael Wagoner led Vidalia in scoring with 10 points while Tyshica Rodgers added seven and Gabrielle Wagoner added six.

Raslyn Wilmer led Marksville with 11 points. Raven Haynes and Myshnae Swan both scored 10.