Vikings ease past Buckeye

Published 12:31 am Wednesday, January 12, 2011

VIDALIA — Terrence Thompson had a game-high 15 points and Daryl Polk added 14 points to lead five Vidalia players in double figures as the Vikings rolled past the Buckeye Panthers 76-38 Tuesday night in District 3-3A action.

And even though Vidalia doubled up Buckeye, there were some things Vikings head coach Robert Sanders was pleased with and one thing that, well, he was not at all happy about – defense.

“We didn’t rotate properly on full-court presses nor did we execute our man defense like we’ve been practicing,” Sanders said.

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Even so, Buckeye (1-13, 0-2) scored no more than 11 points in any quarter.

Sanders added that having such a balanced scoring attack was a positive part of the outcome. In addition to Thompson and Polk, Alvin Bell and Jamon Duson scored 13 points apiece while Brandon Bauchman chipped in with 11 points.

Coming off a tough district loss at Marksville last Friday, Vidalia needed to get off to a good start and that’s exactly what happened. By the time the first quarter came to an end, the Vikings led the Panthers 28-10 and continued to add to their lead the rest of the game.

“It was very important that we get out quickly and establish tempo. We did that in the firt and third quarters. We subbed in the second and fourth quarters. That’s why we didn’t score as many,” Sanders said.

Vidalia (7-9, 2-1) hosts Avoyelles High in district action Friday.

Wilkinson County 81,

Hazlehurst 79

WOODVILLE — Kenyon McDonald scored 39 points and Wilkinson County needed every one of them as the Wildcats rallied to defeat the Hazlehurst Indians to remain undefeated in Region 7-3A.

Brian Montgomery finished with 17 points and Devin Fosselman added nine points for Wilkinson County, which trailed Hazlehurst 20-9 after one quarter of play only to outscore the Indians 32-19 in the second quarter for a 41-39 halftime lead.

Trailing 81-79 in the closing seconds, Hazlehurst had two chances to make the game-winning shot. Gabriel Gray, who led the Indians with 20 points, missed a 3-pointer. However, the Indians got the rebound and Willie Erving put up a 3-pointer, which was no good and the Wildcats held on for the win.

Kenny Coleman and Javarus Banks had 15 points apiece for Hazlehurst.

Wilkinson County (8-11, 5-0) hosts Tylertown Friday.

Lanier 60, Natchez High 54

NATCHEZ — Trailing at halftime on the road, Lanier turned to its defense as it held Natchez High to just five points as the visiting Bulldogs defeated the host Bulldogs Tuesday night.

Natchez High got off to a good start against one of the top teams in the state and took a 13-7 lead over Lanier at the end of the first quarter. Lanier scored 20 points in the second quarter, but still trailed 30-27 at the half.

But in the third quarter, Lanier (15-2) responded with a strong third quarter on both ends of the court to take a 42-35 lead. Quentin Watkins and Greg Lee led the way with 13 points each.

Trevon Chatman led Natchez High (9-10) with a game-high 16 points and Derrian Johnson added 11 points. The Bulldogs host Wingfield this Friday.

Central Private 90, ACCS 58

NATCHEZ — Dave Jackson and Taylor Fletcher scored 23 points each as the Central Private School Rebels actually had to rally from an early deficit to defeat the Adams County Christian School Rebels in MAIS District 5-AA action Tuesday night.

Central Private certainly didn’t play like the No 3 team in Class AA in the first quarter. The visiting Rebels from Baker, La. trailed ACCS 16-12 at the end of the quarter. However, that deficit would not last long.

Led by Jackson, Fletcher, and Simpson Anderson, who had 12 points, Central Private (21-2, 5-0) took control of the game in the second quarter and there was very little ACCS could do about it. Central Private outscored ACCS 31-11 for a 43-27 halftime lead.

The third quarter was more of the same with Central Private ending up with a 29-14 advantage to take a commanding 72-41 lead.

Alvion Sampson led ACCS (9-9, 2-3) with 20 points while Cory Emanuel and Ryan Goddard scored nine points each. The Rebels play at Silliman on Friday.