Saturday prep basketball round up: Vidalia beats Northeast 79-59

Published 12:37 am Sunday, December 16, 2018

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. — Five players scored in double figures for Vidalia High School as the Vikings cruised to a 76-59 win over the Northeast High School Vikings Saturday afternoon to go 2-2 at the West Feliciana Tournament.

Vidalia made sure that it would not lose an early lead like it did Friday night after blowing a 20-8 lead to St. Helena College and Career Academy and ended up losing in a heartbreaker to the Hawks 67-66 in overtime.

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The ‘home’ team Vikings from Vidalia jumped out to a 20-11 lead after one quarter of play to the ‘visiting’ Northeast Vikings and continued to add to its lead the rest of the game.

“They were determined to come back with a vengeance,” Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders said. “We played better defense, for the most part. Late in the game we gave up some easy baskets.”

DeMikal McCoy led Vidalia with 17 points. RayJay Ransom scored 14 points, Christian Page added 13 points, Jaquan Wilson poured in 12 points, and Malachi Matthews finished with 11 points.

Sanders said it good to have Matthews and Wilson on the court at the end after they both fouled out midway through the fourth quarter in its loss to St. Helena.

“They didn’t foul out of this game, so they were able to finish,” Sanders said. “We had nine players. They had nine players.

Ryshaun Steel led Northeast with a game-high 20 points while Derrick Edwards had 12 points and Darrion Jones chipped in with 10 points.

Vidalia (4-7) plays host to Block High School on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Richwood boys 67, Wilkinson County 44

FERRIDAY — Less than 24 hours after finally notching their first win of the season, the Wilkinson County High School Wildcats were no match for Richwood High School as the Rams cruised to a 67-44 win Saturday afternoon at the Ferriday High School Holiday Basketball Tournament.

MHSAA Class 3A Wilkinson County was hoping to build off its 68-66 home win over Amite County High School on Friday night. The first quarter was close and ended with the Wildcats down just 17-12. But LHSAA Class 3A Richwood got going on the offensive end and scored 22 points in the second quarter to go into halftime leading 39-26.

The Rams controlled the action on both ends of the court in the third quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 19-9 for a 48-35 lead.

LeDarian Earls led the Wildcats with 17 points and Maliq Nehila had 11 points. Freddie Byrd III, who had 17 points in Friday night’s win, was held in check by the Rams’ defense and finished with four points.

Wilkinson County (1-7) hosts South Pike High School at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Marksville girls 47, Wilkinson County 41

FERRIDAY — The Marksville High School Lady Tigers needed a big fourth quarter to end Wilkinson County High School’s attempted comeback as they held on for a 47-41 win over the Lady Wildcats Saturday afternoon at the Ferriday High School Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Marksville was only up by one point on Wilkinson County, 33-32, at the end of the third quarter after the Lady Wildcats outscored the Lady Tigers 12-9 in that quarter. Marksville responded by outscoring Wilkinson County 14-9 in the fourth quarter for the six-point win.

Asia Clark led the Lady Wildcats with 16 points while Deiontra Wyatt, who scored 30 points in their 58-40 home win over the rival Amite County High School Lady Trojans on Friday night, was held to just 11 points.

Wilkinson County (2-3) hosts South Pike High School on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.