Early run propels Vidalia to big win over Ferriday

Published 11:57 pm Saturday, December 5, 2009

VIDALIA — If there was any disappointment for the Vidalia players or fans, it’s that the Vikings’ varsity boys didn’t reach the triple-digit mark against Ferriday Saturday night.

Outside of that, everything went right for the Vikings, as they defeated the Trojans 98-50 in a blowout win.

Vidalia came out firing on all cylinders to open the game, going on 16-0 run in the opening six minutes of the game. Ferriday finally got on the board with a 2-point basket by the Trojans’ Markelle Bell with 1:59 left in the first.

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“We played a complete game on offense and defense for a change, until the game got out of hand and we started playing around,” Vikings head coach Robert Sanders said. “I was thrilled with our performance.”

Vidalia’s opening minutes were a key factor in the Vikings being able to dominate the entire game, Sanders said, but he added that his team could have done even better in the opening minutes.

“Coming out early like that was very important for us,” Sanders said. “Even though we got ahead, I thought we started out a little slow. We were only up by five in the first two minutes. It was very important to get that lead early.”

Vidalia’s two-punch attack came from Torrey Dixon and Gary Stewart. Dixon finished with 26 points on the evening, and Stewart added 22.

The Vikings made 3-pointers with relative ease during the game, and Sanders said the play of his team around the arc helped keep the Vikings’ offensive attack balanced.

“Our perimeter game opened up our inside game,” Sanders said. “Anytime we can do that, it’s always a good thing.”

Louis Whitley scored 11 points for Vidalia, and DJ Polk added 10.

The Trojans were led in scoring by Ted Rai Gullage, who finished with 17 points on the night. Gary Willis also had a big game, tallying 16 points for Ferriday.

Even though the fans wanted a triple digit win, Sanders wasn’t bothered by the fact that the Vikings fell two points shy.

“It wasn’t a disappointment to me. To the fan it probably was.”

Vidalia rose to 7-3 on the season.