Tourney’s starting to wind down

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 22, 2009

It’s been a pretty hectic last couple of weeks around here.

It always is when high school basketball tournament time starts.

From the district tournaments all the way until the state finals, trying to keep up with all the teams, games and tournament locations during this three-week period of games is quite difficult.

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What started with over 25 teams, both boys and girls, playing in postseason tournaments is down to just five.

Only the Natchez High, Ferriday, Tensas Academy and Block girls are left, while Vidalia is the only boys team still going strong.

Of those five, it looks as if Vidalia has the strongest chance to bring a state championship home to the Miss-Lou this season.

The Vikings have hardly broken a sweat this season, cruising to a 28-1 overall record and finishing with a perfect 10-0 record in District 3-3A.

They punctuated their regular season by putting a 59-point beatdown on Buckeye Friday night.

The LHSAA boys playoff brackets haven’t been announced yet, but it is almost certain the Vikings will be the No. 1 seed in Class 3A.

Natchez High clinched a spot in the State Tournament in Jackson with its victory over Brandon Saturday night.

The Lady Bulldogs have accomplished one goal in getting to Jackson, but still have to win a few more games if they want to achieve the ultimate prize.

Tensas Academy is a surprise team that is still playing. They stunned Delta Academy in the first round of the MPSA Class A State Tournament, which clinched them a spot in the overall tournament despite the fact that they lost both their semifinal and consolation game in the State tourney.

The Lady Chiefs are just happy to be making the trip to Clinton, but would like to pull off an upset or two while they are there.

The No. 4 seeded Ferriday girls got a scare from 29th seed Lakeview in their first round Class 2A matchup. The Lady Trojans trailed by eight at halftime before coming back in the second half.

They will face 13th seeded Westminster in the second round Monday night.

The Block girls are — like the Vidalia boys — a No. 1 seed in the Class 1A playoffs and easily defeated Varnado in the first round.

They next take on district foe St. Mary in the second round on Monday.

But while there are five teams still left playing, some kudos need to be handed out to teams who have already ended their season.

Both of the Trinity teams had fine seasons. The boys spent a good portion of the year ranked in the top two of the Class AA poll while the girls exceeded expectations and finished with over 20 wins and runner-up in District 3-3A.

The Adams County Christian girls also performed well. The Lady Rebels finished third in District 3-3A and advanced to the South State Tournament, winning their first round game.

There are many other teams I could mention that had great years, but I just don’t have the space.

So with basketball season about to wrap up, congratulations to all teams in the Miss-Lou for yet another great season.

Jeff edwards is the sports editor for The Democrat. He can be reached at