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|Vidalia sweeps Avoyelles|
With five players scoring in double figures, Vidalia High rebounded from a tough loss at Bunkie Friday to put Avoyelles away early Monday with an 87-55 win to stay tied for first place in District 3-3A with Marksville.
The Lady Vikings picked up their first district win in three years with a 43-41 win over the Lady Mustangs.
The contest was moved from Tuesday to Monday because of a school conflict for Avoyelles.
Brandon Hawkins banked in a 3-point shot that started a Vidalia run in the first half with Chip Davis and Quartrell Harris adding 3-pointers to spur the Vikings to a 23-10 first quarter lead.
"We had good play inside and out and played good defense most of the game," said Vidalia coach Robert Sanders. "We still haven't played that full four-quarter game. We let them get some rebounds they never should have gotten. But this win was good for our morale after the loss Friday."
The Vikings used pressure defense in the second quarter to extend that lead to 45-22 at halftime.
After scoring only seven points in the third period against Bunkie, Vidalia outscored Avoyelles 21-15 in the third period adn 21-17 in the final quarter.
"We made a point of telling them we needed a solid third quarter," Sanders said.
Gary Stewart led the Vikings with 19 points, while Quartrell Thomas added 17 and Hawkins 13. Jeremy Randall and Quan Riley added 10 each.
In the girls contest, Gabrielle Wagoner scored Vidalia final three points over the last 38 seconds to give the Lady Vikings the 2-point win.
The Lady Vikings had the ball with 14 seconds remaining and the game tied.
"They did not defend too well inside," said Vidalia girls coach Damus Smith. "We ran a 2-3 offense using our wing to kick the ball down to the corner and then we would utilize the person at the free throw line. We told Gabrielle if they went down to guard Rachel (Wagoner) to take the shot, but to make sure there was no time left for them to do anything with it. She took the shot and made it."
The Lady Vikings led 12-10 after one period and 23-19 at halftime.
Avoyelles cut that lead to 29-28 going into the final period.
Tyshica Rodgers led Vidalia with 14 points, while Gabrielle Wagoner added 10 and Rachael Wagoner nine.
"That was a big win for us," Smith said. "The girls have a lot of confidence going into our last game."
Vidalia's boys and girls teams visit Bolton High Friday.
The Viking boys travel to Marksville on Tuesday in a game that could decide first place in the district before hosting Buckeye on Feb. 15 for Sweetheart Night.
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