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|Vikings, Lady Trojans get wins|
It took four quarters, but Vidalia High's boys basketball team finally had a run where Ferriday did not answer as the Vikings defeated the Trojans 65-48 Monday in Vidalia in the fourth meeting between both teams this season.
"It's tough playing the same team over and over," said Vidalia coach Robert Sanders. "Ferriday has a good team and I believe they will do well in their district. We changed our defense in the fourth quarter and I believe it confused them a bit. We had to press to get our transition game going and we were able to force some turnovers."
Vidalia, which has won all four meetings, appeared ready to pull away from the Trojans on several occasions, only to have Ferriday use a run of its own to keep the game close throughout the first three periods.
Vidalia scored the first seven points of the game and held the Trojans to six points over the first eight minutes, leading 13-6 after one period.
Ferriday cut the Viking lead to 27-21 at halftime.
Quartrell Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining in the third period to give Vidalia a 43-35 advantage going into the final quarter.
"That was a big spark for us," Sanders said.
Rolandin Webster then took over in the final period, scoring all 11 of his points in the period as the Vikings outscored the Trojans 22-13.
"Our youth and inexperience shows and we can't hold our focus," said first-year Ferriday head coach Glenn Henderson. "We've played a number of bigger schools, but our schedule is preparing us for district."
Thomas led all scorers with 19 points, while Gary Stewart added 17 for the Vikings.
Carlton Robinson and DeMarco Lewis both scored 13 points to lead Ferriday.
Vidalia and Ferriday will face each other once again next Monday in the Sicily Island Tournament.
"We'll take four days off for Christmas and start practicing again Saturday," Sanders said.
Ferriday High's Lady Trojans defeated Vidalia 53-22, needing a strong final quarter to put the game away.
"I never like playing during the holidays because the girls are always sluggish," said Lady Trojan head coach Lisa Abron. "But I would rather be playing a game than practicing."
Ferriday, playing without point guard Chante Poole for the holidays, led 10-8 after one period and 21-14 at halftime.
The Lady Vikings stayed with Ferriday in the third period, trailing 31-20 before sJasmine Upchurch and Jalessia Davis took over as the Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Vikings 23-2 in the final period.
Upchurch led all scorers with 20 points, while Davis added 16.
Gabrielle Wagoner led Vidalia with a nine-point effort.
The Lady Vikings and Lady Trojans will face each other Monday in the Sicily Island Tournament.
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