Vidalia boys, girls take district wins

Published 1:34 am Tuesday, February 5, 2008

VIDALIA — They finally pulled one out.

The Vidalia Lady Vikings got their first district win against the Avoyelles Lady Panthers, 43-41.

The game went back and forth, and neither team ever took control of the game.

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By the end of the first quarter, the Lady Vikings led by only two.

Avoyelles stayed close and played hard, yet found themselves down by four at the half.

The Lady Panthers then fought back in the third quarter after a slow start by the Lady Vikings, and closed the small gap to one by the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the lead went back and forth and the tension was building as the final few minutes ticked off the clock.

With the Lady Vikings down by one, Gabrielle Wagoner hit a jumper to put Vidalia up by one with 38 seconds to go in the game.

Avoyelles then made a free throw shot off a foul and tied the game at 41.

It was up to Vidalia whether they wanted to go into overtime or end it right there, and Wagoner once again hit a jumper with five seconds to go to seal the victory for the Lady Vikings.

“We finally showed some patience and did what we needed to,” Vidalia head coach Damus Smith said.

Tyshica Rodgers led the Lady Vikings with 14 points while Wagoner added 10.

India Morbs was the leading scorer for Avoyelles with 13 points while Kayla Prier chipped in seven.

Vidalia boys 87, Avoyelles 55

Coming off a loss at Bunkie Friday, the Vidalia Vikings got things together and dominated every aspect of the game against Avoyelles.

Vidalia took off in the first quarter, scoring 23 points to take a 13-point lead over the Panthers at the end of the period.

Avoyelles couldn’t get much going against the Vikings and fell to a 23-point deficit by halftime.

A combination of sharp shooting by Vidalia and the presence of Gary Stewart gave the Panthers a handful the entire night.

Vidalia continued to roll in the second half and never looked back to finish off the Panthers for the second time this season.

Stewart led Vidalia with 19 points while teammate Quatrell Thomas scored 17.

Chris Sampson was the leading scorer for the Panthers with 15 while Jeremy Turner scored 10.