Vidalia runs away

Published 12:28 am Saturday, February 9, 2008

VIDALIA — It was Senior Night, and the Vidalia Vikings didn’t disappoint.

Vidalia (20-6, 7-1) came out swinging and never slowed down en route to a 92-47 blowout over the Bolton Bears.

The Vikings used a 9-2 run to begin the first quarter, and took an eight-point lead over the Bears at the end of the period.

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Vidalia then poured on 25 points in the second quarter to continue building up the lead and finished the first half up by 19 points.

Bolton had poor shot selection the entire night, and continued to struggle while the Vikings rolled through the third quarter.

“We were hoping to make our shots tonight,” Bolton coach Duke Algood said. “It just didn’t work.”

The Vikings didn’t slow down in the fourth quarter and added 22 more points to finish off the Bears.

“It was a good win for us,” Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders said. “I hope we can use this momentum to carry us through the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs.”

Gary Stewart had a great night for Vidalia, scoring 21 points while Quan Riley added 13.

Kelvin Bryant was the lone Bear in double figures with 10 points while teammate Yorick Smith chipped in nine.

Bolton girls 44, Vidalia 40

The Vidalia girls didn’t fare as well on Senior Night as the boys.

Vidalia started slow and Bolton took an eight-point lead in the first quarter.

The Lady Vikings played better in the second quarter, but still found themselves down by 11 at the end of the half.

Bolton came out sluggish in the third quarter, and Vidalia used an 8-0 run to close the gap to three before the Lady Bears scored in the final minute of the quarter.

The fourth quarter was a battle, and the Lady Vikings played hard, but couldn’t overcome the lead, and allowed Bolton to take home a district win.

“We fought hard to the end,” Vidalia head coach Damus Smith said.

“We just tried to get our open shots tonight, and we did,” Bolton head coach Erin Melton said.

Rachael Wagoner led the Lady Vikings with 13 points while Tyshica Rodgers and Dejanae Harris each scored nine.

Natosha Gottlieb poured on 24 points for Bolton while Brittany Jones added 18.