Prep basketball round up: Vikings prevail over Dragons 64-57 Thursday

Published 12:44 am Friday, January 11, 2019

VIDALIA — Jaquan Wilson led all scorers with 24 points and Malachi Matthews added 12 points for Vidalia High School as the Vikings edged past the Mangham High School Dragons 64-57 Thursday night in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.

Vidalia led by just two points, 12-10, at the end of the first quarter before putting some distance between itself and Mangham with an 18-13 advantage in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 30-23 lead.

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The Dragons found its offensive rhythm in the third quarter, but they could not make nearly enough stops to put a serious dent in the Vikings’ lead. Mangham ended up outscoring Vidalia by just two points, 21-19 in that quarter to trail 49-44.

But the Vikings would not let the Dragons get any closer as the home team put up 15 points to the visitors’ 13 points.

Mangham (7-12, 2-2) was led by J.T. Smith with 16 points and Dezmond Young with 15 points.

Vidalia (9-10, 2-2) plays at Delhi Charter School Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Mangham girls 70, Vidalia 33

VIDALIA — Keeda Lutcher finished with 15 points to lead the Vidalia High School Lady Vikings, but it was not nearly enough as they lost to the Mangham High School Lady Dragons 70-33 Thursday night in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.

Vidalia was looking to bounce back from a 42-point loss at Ferriday High School on Tuesday night. And things looked at least somewhat promising early on as the Lady Vikings were only down 12-8 to Mangham at the end of the first quarter.

However, the Lady Dragons (15-3, 4-0) showed why they are the team to beat in District 2-2A the rest of the game. They outscored the Lady Vikings 17-5 in the second quarter, 21-15 in a spirited and competitive third quarter, and 20-5 in the fourth quarter.

Vidalia (2-14, 0-4) will the road Saturday to take on Delhi Charter School at 6 p.m. Saturday

Delta Charter girls 37,

Ouachita Christian School 35

FERRIDAY — Kierra Neal led Delta Charter School with a game-high 18 points and Shyvlie Blaney had nine points as the Lady Storm held on for a 37-35 upset win over the Ouachita Christian School Lady Eagles Thursday night in an LHSAA District 2-1A game.

The two teams went back and forth in a low-scoring first quarter, which ended with Delta Charter holding an 8-6 lead over Ouachita Christian. The second quarter proved to be pivotal for the Lady Storm as they outscored the Lady Eagles 10-3 for an 18-9 halftime lead.

After both teams put up 11 points in the third quarter to make it a 29-20 game, the Lady Eagles mounted a furious comeback in the fourth quarter as they outscored the Lady Storm 15-8, but it was not quite enough.

Jaden Ellerman led the Lady Eagles (14-5, 2-2) with 11 points and Sara Shivers had eight points.

Delta Charter (10-11, 3-1) plays at nearby district rival Sicily Island High School Saturday at 6 p.m.

Delta Charter boys 66,

Ouachita Christian School 63

FERRIDAY — After three quarters of play and trailing by 11 points, it did not look like Delta Charter School had any chance of defeating Ouachita Christian School Thursday night.

That was until the Storm went on a tear on the offensive end and came up with big stops on the defensive end in the fourth quarter for a stunning 66-63 come-from-behind win over the Eagles in LHSAA District 2-1A action.

Led by Trace Miller, Kavarius Whitehead, and Nikel Brooks, the Storm outscored the Eagles 26-12 over the final eight minutes to overcome at 51-40 deficit at the end of the third quarter.

Miller led the Storm with 23 points while Whitehead had 21 points and Brooks finished with 12 points. Caleb Ross led the Eagles (6-10, 2-2) with 21 points.

Delta Charter (5-12, 2-2) next plays at Sicily Island High School at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Rayville girls 57, Ferriday 55

RAYVILLE, La. — The Ferriday High School Lady Trojans nearly came back from an early double-digit deficit, but time ran out on them as they lost to the Rayville High School Lady Hornets 57-55 Thursday night in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.

Lady Trojans head coach Lisa Abron said the first quarter was the difference in the outcome of this pivotal district contest for both teams.

“We missed a lot of lay-ups. Easy lay-ups. I don’t know if we were nervous or what it was,” Abron said. “Rayville was getting back on the fast break and made their lay-ups.”

The result was a 23-9 lead for the Lady Hornets at the end of that quarter. But the Lady Trojans looked like they were going to overcome that adversity after they outscored Rayville 19-11 in the second quarter and 12-9 in the third quarter to cut the Lady Hornets’ lead to just three points, 43-40.

Yet Rayville somehow managed to survive by doing just enough offensively in the fourth quarter. The Lady Hornets were only outscored by one point by the Lady Trojans, 15-14.

“We adjusted on defense. We dominated the final three quarters. I came down to the wire. Just couldn’t pull it out,” Abron said.

Tierra Spurs led the Lady Trojans with 18 points and Zaniya Curry had 11 points. Diamond Johnson and She’Kayla Miller added 10 points each for the home team.

T’Kira Fuller led Rayville (13-11, 3-0) with a game-high 20 points while Amari West scored 13 points and Mykiya Wilson chipped in with 10 points.

Ferriday (16-5, 3-2) plays host to Beekman Charter School Saturday at 2 p.m.