On Vidalia’s senior night Vikings beat Gators

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, February 6, 2019

VIDALIA — On Senior Night at Vidalia High School, it was sophomore guard Jaquan Wilson who made some big shots to lead all scorers with 24 points and found the open man when double-teamed in leading the Vikings to a 59-50 upset win over the Delhi Charter School Gators Tuesday night in LHSAA District 2-2A action.

This outcome was completely unexpected, especially after Delhi Charter dominated Vidalia at its place back on Jan. 12 and came out with a convincing victory. Perhaps the one person who didn’t see this coming the most was Vidalia head coach Robert Sanders.

“When we played them at their place, they led by double digits for most of the game. We got it down to four or five, but they ended up winning by 20,” Sanders said. “Our intention this time was to play better defense and rebound better.”

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The game was tied at 17-all after one quarter of play before Delhi Charter (20-9, 9-2) outscored Vidalia 11-10 in the second quarter and 14-11 in the third quarter for a 42-38 lead. Still, Sanders said he was surprised that the game was that close through three quarters.

One thing that hurt the Gators was that post player Cameron McDaniel was saddled with foul trouble and finished with 10 points. Another was a change in defense by the Vikings in the fourth quarter.

“Their big guy was on the bench most of the fourth quarter. He eventually fouled out,” Sanders said. “We went to a man defense. We limited them to one shot most of the time. They got a couple of offensive rebounds, but we got some defensive rebounds.”

With the game slipping away from the Gators, they fouled the Vikings on purpose down the stretch. But Vidalia made clutch free throw after clutch free throw, which helped the Vikings outscore the Gators 21-8.

As for Wilson’s performance, Sanders said, “It was very instrumental. He hit threes and was driving the lane. They started double-teaming him in the third quarter, and that freed up somebody like DeMikal (McCoy) or RayJay (Ransom). He still hit two 3s in the third and three 2s in the fourth.”

McCoy finished with 12 points and Ransom added 11 points. Marcellus Crear Jr. led the Gators with 23 points.

Sanders added that a win over a team that went into this game with just one loss in district play and 20 wins overall should help the Vikings in the Class 2A power ratings.

Vidalia (13-13, 6-5) travels to Lake Providence, La. to take on General Trass High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday in its district finale.

Vidalia girls 45,

Delhi Charter School 31

VIDALIA — Vidalia High School seniors Angel Heckard, Jamya Smith and Hailey Williams combined to score as many points by themselves as Delhi Charter School had as a team as the Lady Vikings defeated the Lady Gators 45-31 Tuesday night in an LHSAA District 2-2A game.

Heckard led all scorers with 13 points while Smith ended up with 10 points and Williams chipped in with eight points.

Vidalia did not get off to the best of starts and trailed Delhi Charter 14-8 after one quarter of play. But the Lady Vikings clamped down on defense in a big way in the second quarter, holding the Lady Gators to just two points and went into halftime down by just two points, 16-14.

The Lady Vikings outscored Delhi Charter 14-12 in the third quarter to make it a 28-28 game before putting up 17 points in the fourth quarter while the Lady Gators had a mere three points.

Destiny Hargrove and Re’jene Polly led the Lady Gators (9-20, 3-8) with eight points each.

Vidalia (5-18, 3-8) plays at General Trass High School Friday at 6 p.m.

Ferriday girls 53,

Beekman Charter 16

BASTROP, La. — Tierra Spurs led a balanced scoring attack for the Ferriday High School Lady Trojans with a game-high 13 points as they took care of the Beekman Charter School Lady Tigers 53-16 Tuesday night in the LHSAA District 2-2A and regular-season finale for the Lady Trojans.

Five players scored at least six points for Ferriday, yet Spurs was the only player for either team to finish in double figures. Diamond Johnson had eight points, followed by Leah Gray with seven points, and Zaniya Curry and She’Kayla Miller with six points apiece.

The Lady Trojans struggled to get shots to fall in the first quarter, but their defense allowed them to take a 9-4 lead over the Lady Tigers at the end of the quarter. The second quarter belonged to the Lady Trojans as they thoroughly dominated Beekman Charter on both ends of the court. Ferriday put up 21 points while holding the Lady Tigers to a mere four points for a 30-8 halftime lead.

Jesti Lord led Beekman Charter with eight points and Gracie Wooden chipped in with four points.

Ferriday (21-6, 9-3) will find out where it will be seed and who will be its first-round opponent next Monday.

Centreville Academy boys 62, Amite School Center 49

BOGALUSA, La. — Haze Greer finished with a game-high 26 points to lead the No. 4 seed Centreville Academy Tigers past the No. 5 seed Amite School Center Rebels 62-49 Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the MAIS District 4-AA Tournament.

Tyler Thomassie and Jeff Carroll added 14 points each for Centreville, which also earned a berth in next week’s Class AA South State Tournament with the win. Amite School Center, on the other hand, saw its season come to an end.

Centreville Academy (no record given) will take on No. 1 seed Lamar Christian School Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the first of two boys’ bracket semifinal games.

Oak Hill girls 49,

Monterey 47 (OT)

MONTEREY — Peyton Townely led Oak Hill High School with a game-high 17 points as the Lady Rams held on for a 49-47 overtime win over the Monterey High School Lady Wolves Tuesday night in an LHSAA District 5-B game.

Oak Hill led Monterey 20-16 at halftime before the Lady Wolves outscored the Lady Rams 13-9 in the third quarter to tie the game at 29-all. Both teams scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime, but the Lady Rams prevailed thanks to a 9-7 advantage in the extra session.

Andy Gray led the Lady Wolves with 16 points while Harlie Murray had 12 points and Allie Lipsey added 10 points.

Monterey (20-7, 3-2) plays at Glenmora High School Friday at 5:30 p.m. in its district and regular-season finale.

Delhi High School girls 65,

Delta Charter 47

DELHI, La. — Tasionna McDowell led Delhi High School with 16 points and Morgan Tucker-Williams had 13 points as the Lady Bears defeated the Delta Charter School Lady Storm 65-47 Tuesday night in an LHSAA District 2-1A game.

Delta Charter led Delhi 12-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Bears took control after outscoring the Lady Storm 18-11 in the second quarter for a 28-23 halftime lead. The third quarter was more of the same as Delhi scored 17 points while Delta Charter managed just 10 points.

Kierra Neal led the Lady Storm with 18 points and Cloi Cummings finished with 14 points.

Delta Charter (14-16, 7-6) plays at Cedar Creek School Thursday at 6 p.m.

Delhi High School boys 93, Delta Charter 50

DELHI, La. — Nikel Brooks and Trace Miller led Delta Charter School with 14 points apiece, but it was not nearly enough as the Storm lost to the Delhi High School Bears 93-50 Tuesday night in an LHSAA District 2-1A game.

Delhi scored at least 20 points in all four quarters, the most being 27 points in the second quarter in which the Bears held Delta Charter to just 10 points for a commanding 52-27 advantage.

Tyler Washington led the Bears (23-7, 12-1) with a game-high 27 points and Cadavious Leggins poured in 24 points.

Delta Charter (8-17, 3-10) next plays on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Creek School.