Vikings hope to keep marching to the dome

Published 12:09 am Tuesday, March 2, 2010

VIDALIA — Vidalia Vikings coach Robert Sanders certainly feels better about his team following the 102-38 beating they put on Carver in the first round of the LHSAA Class 3A state playoffs.

But he knows his team can’t rest on its laurels, because tonight’s second-round game against Bogalusa will be a tougher test.

“Hopefully that (first round) game won’t make them overconfident,” Sanders said. “Each game is that much tougher. It’s an old cliché, but we’ve got to take it one game at a time.”

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The game will tip off at 7 p.m. at Vidalia’s gym.

Bogalusa, the No. 16 seed, advanced to the second round after defeating Avoyelles 77-75 in double overtime in the first round last Friday.

“Four of their five starters are over six-feet tall,” Sanders said. “They like to full court press and like to go inside a lot. They also shoot the three fairly well.”

Before Vidalia’s first-round game against Carver, Sanders said he was a little worried about what he thought was a lack of hunger in his players in their attempt to get back to the Top 28 Tournament at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.

But after the Vikings’ 64-point victory, Sanders isn’t quite as worried anymore.

“I was very impressed with the way we played in that game,” Sanders said. “I was surprised that we won as easily as we did. But each game, you have to refocus.”

And in order for the Vikings to keep marching to Lafayette, Sanders said they’ll need to play as well or better than they did last Friday.

“We’re going to have to rebound well on both ends like we did Friday night,” Sanders said. “Our outside shooters will have to hit like they did Friday, especially Quartrell (Thomas). Gary (Stewart) will have to be more of a scorer as well. He hasn’t been scoring as much lately because everybody else has been doing it. But we’ll need a big game from him. And we need to stay out of foul trouble. That will be the biggest thing.”

For the second consecutive game, the Vikings (28-4) will be playing at home, which Sanders said is a huge advantage.

“Hopefully we’ll feed off the crowd like we did Friday night and last year,” Sanders said. “This is what we worked for all year, to have home court advantage in the playoffs.”