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|Vikings advance past Crowley|
Second-seeded Vidalia High scored the first 11 points of the third period and pulled away from No. 15 Crowley 70-44 in a Class 3A regional contest at Vidalia Tuesday.
"We played with a lot more intensity in the second half," said Vidalia coach Robert Sanders, who is in his 18th year at the school. "It's nice to be one of eight teams remaining. We just have to keep playing hard and at this stage have to play at our best."
Vidalia hosts Port Allen Friday at 7 p.m.
"I think this is a first for us," Sanders said of the three straight home playoff games.
Vidalia was only 5-of-14 from the field in the first quarter and had two turnovers as the Vikings led 14-11.
"We came out shooting too many 3s," Sanders said.
A 3-pointer by Quartrell Thomas put Vidalia up 12-6.
The Vikings continued struggling from the field, hitting 6-of-16, but Crowley also struggling, making 7-of-17 shots.
Crowley got as close as 20-15 before Torrey Dixon hit three field goals and Gary Stewart added two free throws to put the Vikings up 28-19.
Thomas hit a 3-pointer with seconds remaining to put the Vikings up 33-25 at halftime.
Vidalia forced five Gent turnovers early in the third period as the Vikings extended its lead to 46-29 with three minutes remaining.
Vidalia hits its first four hits and made 10-of-16 shots in the quarter.
"Torrey was getting underneath a lot more," Sanders said.
A 3-pointer by Thomas held extend the Viking lead to 55-33.
Vidalia led 58-35 at the end of the period.
The Vikings outscored the Gents 19-9 in the final period.
Thomas led Vidalia with 28 points, while Dixon added 18 and Stewart 15.
Port Allen, which lost to Richwood 55-53 in the Class 3A semifinals last year, defeated Albany 71-67 in its regional round to improve to 23-8 on the season. The Pelicans, who beat No. 26 McMain 50-44 in the first round, are seeded No. 7 in Class 3A.
Other quarterfinal matchups have No. 1 Plaquemine hosting No. 9 Lutcher, No. 5 Wossman visiting No. 4 Richwood and No. 3 Patterson welcoming No. 6 Winnfield.
Wossman defeated Richwood in the Class 3A state finals last year.
"We have to be patient and block out on the boards," Sanders said. "And we have got to hit our outside shots. I'm sure they are getting scouting reports and they will be guarding Quartrell close. Everybody has to step up at this stage and we just have to come out with a lot of intensity the entire game."
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