Prep basketball round up: Vikings rally to beat Tensas

Published 12:01 am Sunday, December 9, 2018

VIDALIA — Malachi Matthews may have been the fourth leading scorer for Vidalia High School Friday night, but he scored the three biggest points of the game with 12 seconds left as the Vikings rallied for a 63-62 win over the Tensas High School Panthers Friday night.

Vidalia was trailing 62-60 with 20 seconds left when head coach Robert Sanders called a timeout to set up a play. DeMikal McCoy found a cutting Matthews, who made the game-tying lay-up and was fouled, sending him to the free-throw line.

Matthews, who finished with nine points, calmly made the free throw to cap off the old-fashioned three-point play and, more importantly, give the Vikings the lead. However, Tensas High still had one last opportunity to steal a victory on the road.

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“They got it to half court and called time out with 6.6 seconds left,” Sanders said. “They took a shot and missed. We got the rebound and ran the clock out.”

Jaquan Wilson led the Vikings with a game-high 25 points while McCoy had 15 points and RayJay Ransom had 14 points. Cameron Bass led the Panthers with 16 points and Demon Mason added 13 points.

Vidalia (2-4) plays at Madison Parish High School next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Tensas High girls 60, Vidalia 44

VIDALIA — Toya Bethel led all scorers with 29 points and Madison Smith poured in 15 points as the Tensas High School Panthers defeated the Vidalia High School Lady Vikings 60-44 Friday night.

Vidalia got off to a slow start offensively in the first half and never was able to recover from it. The Lady Vikings found themselves down 15-4 at the end of the first quarter and 31-12 once halftime arrived.

Even though the Lady Vikings played much better in the second half, they dug themselves too big of a deficit to rally from. Jamiya Smith led Vidalia with 15 points.

Vidalia (1-3) next plays at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at Madison Parish High School.

Delta Charter girls 64, Block 55

JONESVILLE — Cloi Cummings led Delta Charter School with a game-high 18 points and Kierra Neal had 17 points as the Lady Storm upset the Block High School Lady Bears 64-55 Friday night.

After a low-scoring first quarter, Delta Charter outscored Block 18-15 in the second quarter to take a 27-24 lead into halftime. The Lady Storm continued its momentum after the break, putting up another 18 points while holding the Lady Bears to just 12 points for a stunning 45-35 lead.

The Lady Bears scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, but they could not make nearly enough stops to get back in the game. The Lady Storm scored 19 points over the final eight minutes. Cintina Green and Yaktera Woods led the Lady Bears with 12 points apiece.

Delta Charter (4-4) hosts West Feliciana (La.) High School next Monday at 6 p.m. Block (8-2) plays host to Monterey High School next Monday at 6 p.m.

Delta Charter boys 45, Block 38

JONESVILLE — Kavarius Whitehead lead Delta Charter School with 17 points as the Storm rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat the Block High School Bears 45-38 Friday night.

Delta Charter trailed Block 25-18 at halftime before going on a tear in the second half. The Storm outscored the Bears 12-4 in the third quarter for a 30-29 lead and completed the comeback with a 15-9 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Delta Charter (no record given) hosts West Feliciana (La.) High School next Monday at 7:30 p.m. Block (no record given) hosts Monterey High School next Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Jefferson County girls 51, Amite County 26

FAYETTE — Brittany Goldsberry scored 17 points and Akira Doss finished with 13 points as the Jefferson County High School Lady Tigers used a big fourth quarter to pull away for a 51-26 win over the Amite County High School Trojans Friday night.

Both teams struggled to find any sort of an offensive rhythm through the first three quarters. Yet the Lady Tigers managed to outscore the Lady Trojans 8-2 in the first quarter, 10-9 in the second quarter, and 12-6 in the third quarter for a 30-17 lead.

Jefferson County dominated Amite County in the fourth quarter, putting up 21 points while holding the opposition to just nine points.

Jefferson County (4-3) plays again on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at Crystal Springs High School.

Cathedral boys 53, Amite School Center 43

LIBERTY — The Cathedral High School Green Wave nearly let a six-point lead after one quarter of play go away, only to regain its momentum in the third quarter en route to a 53-43 win over the Amite School Center Rebels Friday night.

Cathedral led ASC 15-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the Rebels responded with a 12-7 edge in the second quarter to go into halftime trailing but just one point, 22-21. Then the Green Wave took over in the third quarter, outscoring the Rebels 17-2 for a 39-23 lead.

Amite School Center tried its best to come back in the fourth quarter, but only managed to outscore Cathedral 20-14.

Colby Passman led the Green Wave with a game-high 22 points and Sam Mosby chipped in with 15 points.

Cathedral (2-7) plays at Copiah Academy next Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Amite School Center girls 42, Cathedral 33

LIBERTY — Blair Walsh led Amite School Center with a game-high 14 points as the Lady Rebels held on for a 42-33 win over the Cathedral High School Lady Green Wave Friday night.

The first quarter proved to the difference in the outcome as Amite School Center jumped out to a 13-5 lead by the end of the quarter and slowly added to its lead over the next two quarters to keep Cathedral at arm’s length.

Ryleigh Probst was the leading scorer for the Lady Green Wave with 12 points.

Cathedral (4-6) will be on the road next Monday when it plays at Copiah Academy at 6 p.m.