Over the rainbow: 3-pointers lift Ferriday Trojans past Vidalia in overtime, 68-61

Published 12:40 am Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sinking 3-pointers was no problem for Vidalia High School Tuesday night, but it wasn’t a problem for Ferriday’s Montrieze Sandage, either.

The Vikings knocked down 10 shots from behind the arc, but the sophomore Trojan sank five of his own — coming at crucial moments — to help is team pull away for a 68-61 overtime victory in LHSAA 2-2A action.

“I was happy once I hit them — once I saw them go through the net,” Sandage said. “I was just trying to do what the team needed me to do in order to win the game.”

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The game remained relatively close for a majority of regulation, with neither team swaying to a double-digit lead. It was tied at the end of the third period, 41-41.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Sandage put a spark in Ferriday’s offense with one of his long jumpers, giving the Trojans (11-9, 4-0) their first lead since the beginning of the second half. The following play, Travante Pryor forced a steal for an easy layup.

“For me to take big shots like that, it felt great,” Sandage said. “That was big.”

Despite Sandage’s success, Ferriday coach K.G. Watkins wasn’t too pleased with the offensive approach.

“In my mind, we really didn’t shoot the 3s that well,” he said. “We had a couple at crucial points, but it wasn’t really very good overall. Going at it, you live by the 3, and you die by the 3.”

In overtime, however, Watkins was happier with what he saw.

Vidalia’s Jaquan Wilson nailed one of his five 3-pointers on the night with just less than a minute to go in regulation, tying the game at 54 points apiece.

The Vikings (7-8, 1-2) had a chance to win the game as Cam’Ron Randall was fouled driving to the basket, but he missed both free throws.

The momentum transferred in overtime for the Trojans as Sandage scored eight points in the extra period — including his last 3-pointer — to seal the win.

Sandage led the Trojans with 25 points.

“In overtime, we did exactly what we were supposed to,” Watkins said. “We had some good defense and got some crucial turnovers. We just got some breathing room and we just went from there.”

Vidalia coach Robert Sanders said while the long shot helped the Vikings Tuesday, his team must learn to use it wisely.

Wilson scored a game-high 26 points for Vidalia, and Ray J. Ransom added 14 — including three 3-pointers.

“It kept us in the game, but there were times it hurt us because we shot too quickly,” Sanders said. “When we took our time, it was fine. We have to become more patient on offense.”

After keeping its district record perfect with the win, Ferriday hosts No. 1 rival Rayville Thursday night. The Vikings will play again Thursday when they travel to Mangham.

Ferriday (girls) 56, Vidalia 20

Anasia Turner And Zaniya Curry both ended with 14 points to lead the Ferriday Lady Trojans over Vidalia Tuesday night, 56-20.

Pacha Poole and Tierra Spurs added eight points apiece to seal the win.

Kaya Washington led the Lady Vikings with seven points in the loss.