Vidalia teams best Ferriday in jamboree

Published 12:01 am Sunday, November 18, 2012

LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Vidalia High School’s Taylor Tennessee, center, looks to pass while covered by Ferriday High School’s Trenace Morgan, left, and Lakeshana Harris during Saturday’s jamboree matchup at FHS.

ferriday — Vidalia High School’s Fran Duson dominated inside Saturday night when the Lady Vikings faced off against Ferriday High School.

Duson netted eight points in the 20-minute jamboree contest that saw Vidalia top Ferriday 24-17.

But Duson had plenty of help as six Lady Vikings scored in the scrimmage, and head coach Fred Marsalis said he was pleased with his girls’ first outing.

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“We are getting better,” he said. “We are much better than what we saw last year. We are doing some things better each time out.”

Vidalia’s positives came at the expense of a few negatives for the Lady Trojans, head coach Lisa Abron said.

“I was disappointed with our play,” Abron said. “We had a lot of mistakes. There was a big crowd here, and the girls were a bit nervous. We have a lot of freshman, but we’ll be OK. We just have to work on the little things.”

Ferriday’s Jada Griggs was the leading scorer in the contest. She finished with nine points. Trenace Morgan had four for the Lady Trojans.

Shermel Bell and Nyishia Randall helped Duson with four points a piece for Vidalia.

Abron was satisfied with her team’s effort on the defensive side of the ball, however.

Each team played two 20-minute games in front of a packed house at Ferriday High School.

Vidalia beat Ferriday but lost to Tensas High School 34-11.

Ferriday lost 36-25 to Tensas.

Marsalis said the jamboree was a good chance to see what the Lady Vikings have to work with this season.

“It’s good to see what we got,” he said. “And the kids can work on their chemistry and get used to playing together.”

Playing in front of a large home crowd was good for Ferriday as well, Abron said.

“Hopefully we got it all out of our system playing in front of a big crowd,” she said. “I’m pretty sure we got all the nervousness and jitters out of our system.”

Vidalia boys 38, Ferriday 27

Isiah Thompson and Julius Wilson scored 30 of Vidalia’s 38 points Saturday night in the Vikings’ 38-27 scrimmage win over Ferriday.

Thompson led all scorers with 18 points, while Wilson chipped in with 12 to push the Vikings past the Trojans.

“(Thompson) was shooting the ball pretty well,” Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders said. “They were leaving him open in the corner, and he was knowing them down, and so was Julius.”

Ferriday head coach K.G. Watkins said he was not too pleased with his team’s effort in the matchup against Vidalia.

“In the first game (against Tensas), we went out and played, and we stuck to the game plan and executed fairly decent,” he said. “In the second game we lost our composure early, but that’s why we play scrimmage game to know what we need to go fix.”

Vidalia and Ferriday both beat Tensas. The Vikings won 27-20, and the Trojans won 29-27.

Will Scott led Ferriday in the game against Vidalia with eight points.

Vidalia will play again Monday at home against Tensas. Ferriday will Tensas at home Tuesday.