Ferriday edges Vidalia in boys, girls action

Published 12:02 am Saturday, November 22, 2014

FERRIDAY — The top three scorers for the Ferriday Lady Trojans each scored more points than the Vidalia Lady Vikings put up in any of the four quarters Friday night in the latest version of the Concordia Parish rivalry.

Jada Griggs led all scorers with 26 points, Kesia Mason finished with 18 points, and Trenace Morgan poured in 15 points as the Lady Trojans took care of the Lady Vikings 73-44.

“Our game plan was to attack their guards because that’s their weak point,” Ferriday head coach Lisa Abron said. “We decided to press them tonight. We couldn’t get it going in the first half. When we made substitutions, we looked confused.”

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Ferriday was only up by one point, 13-12, after one quarter of play. When halftime arrived, the Lady Trojans were ahead of the Lady Vikings 28-22. Vidalia head coach Fred Marsalis said his team did a good job staying with Ferriday in the first half.

“We hung in there for two quarters. But we ran out of gas in the fourth quarter,” Marsalis said.

Even though the Lady Trojans turned up the defensive intensity and pressure a few notches in the second half, they weren’t able to pull away from the Lady Vikings in the third quarter and had a 45-34 lead at the end of the quarter.

However, Ferriday dominated on both ends of the court in the fourth quarter, turning defense into offense as it ended up with 28 points while holding Vidalia to 10 points.

“The second half, it looked much better. We managed to get several turnovers and several easy lay-ups,” Abron said. “I think we were in a little bit better shape than they were. They had a couple of girls foul out, and we noticed they were getting tired, so we kept attacking them up top.”

Vidalia (1-1) takes on Cathedral 6 p.m. Monday. Ferriday (2-0) doesn’t play again until Monday, Dec. 1, when it plays host to Tensas High.

Ferriday boys 71, Vidalia 64

FERRIDAY — Dantrez Scott led Ferriday with 25 points as the Trojans used a big third quarter to defeat the Vidalia Vikings 73-64 Friday night.

Led by Julius Wilson and Malik Jefferson, Vidalia controlled the action in the first half and had a 29-25 halftime lead. But the Trojans took the momentum away in the third quarter, outscoring the Vikings 23-6 for a 48-35 advantage.

“Our big guys played really big in the third quarter,” Trojans head coach K.G. Watkins said. “We didn’t play as aggressive in the first half as we would have liked. We kind of took over on both ends on the offensive and defensive glass.”

Both teams went off in the fourth quarter, with Vidalia outscoring Ferriday 29-25, but it was not enough. Wilson led all scorers with 32 points and Jefferson finished with 16 points for the Vikings. Ronald Davis had eight points and Jashon Foster added six points for the Trojans.

“We shot really poorly from the free-throw line and that’s something we need to work on. To beat a team like Vidalia, we were lucky to come out and play the way we did in the third quarter,” Watkins said.

Vidalia (1-1) plays again on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at home against Madison Parish. Ferriday (2-0) will play host to Tensas High on Monday, Dec. 1.