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|Vikings run past Marksville|
Ferriday High's Lady Trojans host Lakeview, while Monterey travels to Hathaway in first round girls basketball playoff action Thursday.
The Lady Trojans received a No. 4 seed and will be hosting No. 29 Lakeview.
"I was a little disappointed in that because I thought we would be a No. 2 or No. 3 seed," said Ferriday girls coach Lisa Abron, whose team is 26-5 overall. "I guess everybody else moved up. I was surprised Episcopal moved ahead of us."
John Curtis is seeded No. 1, followed by South Beauregard and Episcopal.
Game time Thursday for the Ferriday game is 7 p.m. and admission is $6.
Monterey is seeded No. 31 and will travel to No. 2 Hathaway for a 6 p.m. contest with admission at $6.
"One of our goals at the first of the year was to make the playoffs," said Monterey girls coach Cary Shively. "We're glad to be there and once you get in the playoffs anything can happen."
Lakeview did not make the playoffs last year, while Ferriday lost to St. Thomas Aquinas 65-62 in the second round.
"We need to take advantage of home court and come out and force turnovers and be aggressive," Abron said. "We need to maintain our composure and do the simple things, such as block out and rebound, things we have done to help us get this far."
The winner of the Ferriday-Lakeview game will face the winner of the Westminster-Springfield contest on Monday.
Monterey's game at Hathaway is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday. The Lady Wolves are in the playoffs for the first time in three years. Hathaway lost to Hornbeack in the quarterfinals last year.
"We have continuously gotten better as the year has progressed nd the girls have had a lot of fun and worked hard all season," Shively said. "We're proud of finishing second with a 4-2 record in a good district. This is going to be a good experience for a young team to experience what it is all about and we're looking forward to the challenge."
The Monterey-Hathaway winner faces the winner of the Kilbourne-Anacoco contest on Monday.
Vidalia junior Gary Stewart wasn't on the floor at the end of Vidalia's overtime win at Marksville on Jan. 30, fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Stewart wasn't on the floor for the end of Vidalia's second meeting with the Tigers Tuesday night at Vidalia, but for other reasons.
Stewart and other Viking starters were on the bench as substitutes finished out the game in a 90-49 rout of the Tigers to improve the Vikings to 25-1 overall and 9-0 in District 2-2A play.
The Vikings are rated No. 1 in Class 2A power ratings, going into Tuesday's game with 17.34 points. Plaquemine is second at 17.25, while Patterson (15.55), Wossman (15.33) and Port Allen (15.07) round out the top five.
Marksville actually came out strong, hitting a 3-pointer and taking a 5-2 lead until Quartrell Thomas answered with a 3-pointer to put the Vikings up 6-5.
Thomas, who did not have a 3-pointer at Marksville until his shot from beyond the arc with five seconds remaining sent the first game into overtime, had four treys in the first half Tuesday.
Vidalia led 13-8 after one period and increased its lead over the Tigers to 44-32 at halftime.
The Vikings trailed 45-29 at halftime in Marksville.
But there would be no comeback by the visitors on this night.
A 19-9 run to open the second half took the air out of the Tigers' sails for good as Vidalia cruised to the win.
Stewart led the Vikings with 24 points, while Torrey Dixon added 18.
Thomas finished with 17 on the night, while Rolandin Webster adding 12.
Vidalia closes out its regular season Friday at Buckeye.
The Vikings defeated Buckeye 72-44 in Deville in their first meeting of the season.
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