Vidalia wins by 59 points

Published 12:03 am Saturday, February 21, 2009

PINEVILLE, La. — Vidalia coach Robert Sanders wasn’t happy with the pace of the Vikings’ game against Buckeye Friday night.

Buckeye was using a stalling tactic to good effect, as the Vikings led only 13-6 after the first quarter.

So Sanders switched up his defense, put the pressure on the Buckeye ballhandlers and watched the blowout begin.

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The Vikings outscored Buckeye 29-11 in the second quarter en route to an 88-29 victory.

“I experimented with a 1-3-1 defense in the first quarter, but (Buckeye) tried to hold the ball,” Sanders said. “So in the second quarter we went to a man and started to force things.”

What it forced were numerous turnovers that led to easy baskets for the Vikings.

Vidalia kept the pressure on in the third quarter, outscoring Buckeye 29-6, and held the Panthers to just 12 points in the second half.

Vidalia had a balanced scoring night, with five players reaching double figures.

Quartrell Thomas led the way with 20 points while Torrey Dixon was right behind with 19. Jacob McGray scored 12 for the Vikings while Louis Whitley scored 11 and Gary Stewart chipped in with 10.

“That’s what I like to see,” Sanders said of the balanced scoring attack. “Usually we get three guys into double figures, but anytime we can get more it’s always good.”

Vidalia ends its regular season with a sparkling 28-1 overall record and finished 10-0 in District 3-3A, which Sanders said is a first.

“It’s nice to be able to go through the district undefeated,” Sanders said. “I don’t remember ever going through a (district) season perfect on the court.”

Vidalia, the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A, will most likely be the top seed in the state playoffs, but will find out their seeding and first-round opponent in the middle of next week.