Vidalia routs Jena 91-51

Published 1:47 am Saturday, January 30, 2010

VIDALIA — Vidalia fans are used to seeing Torrey Dixon and Gary Stewart light up the scoreboard.

But Friday night, a new face stepped up and gave Vikings coach Robert Sanders yet another reason to smile in Vidalia’s 91-51 victory over Jena.

Yes, Dixon did pour in 31 points, but Eric Bell helped get the Viking offense going with some early 3-pointers, before finishing the game with 12 points.

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“Eric Bell hit some big early threes, and had eight points right off the bat,” Sanders said. “It’s good to get contributions from some other players.”

Bell’s 3-pointers helped launch the Vikings to a 27-point first quarter, and Vidalia never looked back.

The Vikings led 47-32 at halftime, and turned the game into a runaway by outscoring the Giants 31-11 in the third quarter.

Sanders was pleased with the Vikings’ quick start and the way they used their full court pressure defense to create turnovers that turned into easy baskets.

“We started better here than we did at their place,” Sanders said. “Our full court defense is coming along nicely, but we still need to work on our half court defense.”

Vidalia improved to 21-4 overall and 7-0 in District 3-3A.

Vidalia’s district victories have all been routs, but Sanders said there are things the team can work on even when blowing out their opponent.

“You try to fine-tune your fundamental skills,” Sanders said. “We are working on our halfcourt defense and movement on offense, and trying to eliminate turnovers.

In addition to Dixon’s 31 and Bell’s 12 points, Vidalia was led by D.J. Polk, who scored 20 in the victory.

Chris Savage led Jena with 16 points while Pokey Brown scored 14 and Kenneth Bloodsaw added 10.

Jena girls 45, Vidalia 28

If the Vidalia Lady Vikings had any hopes of finally picking up a victory this season, those hopes were dashed after the first quarter.

At the end of eight minutes, the scoreboard read Jena 17, Vidalia 1.

And even though the Lady Vikings played evenly with the Lady Giants for the remainder of the game, the 16-point first quarter deficit proved way too much to overcome.

Jena led 31-10 at halftime before Vidalia outscored them 18-14 in the second half to make the score more respectable.

Gabby Wagoner and Elizabeth Cupit led Vidalia with 12 points apiece.

Jena was led by Bona Field with 10 points and Tyra Brown with nine.

The Lady Vikings fell to 0-21 overall and 0-8 in district play.