|Vidalia wins Mississippi State title|
Vidalia High's basketball team won the Mississippi State Summer Camp Basketball Tournament last week in Starkville, defeating four Class 6A teams from Mississippi in the process.
"It's like during the regular season last year, the better the competition, the better we played," said Vidalia coach Robert Sanders.
The Vikings, who finished as Class 3A State runners-up last year, went 5-1 before tournament play began.
The Vikings beat Class 4A Lafayette County, 63-32 before downing 4A Noxubee 68-66.
The Vikings' only loss was to Class 6A Greenville Weston, 53-47.
Vidalia defeated 6A Madison Central, 63-50 and 4A Northeast Lauderdale, 59-41.
The Vikings rolled past 2A Richton, 56-30.
In its first game in the championship tournament round in games which were two 12-minute halves, Vidalia defeated Class 6A Gulfport before downing 6A Brandon, 36-29.
Vidalia defeated Class 6A Starkville, 36-31 before disposing of Jackson Callaway, 30-26 for the championship.
Callaway won the Class 4A title in Mississippi last year.
Mississippi is going to six classifications this year.
Members of the team are Gary Stewart, Torrey Dixon, Quan Riley, Quartrell Thomas, Eric Bell, Dee Fleming, Daryl Polk, Jamon Duson, Brandon Bauchman, Tri McCoy, Alvin Bell and Terrance Thompson.
Vidalia will begin play in the Pineville Tournament this weekend, taking on Albany, Zwolle and Marksville in their first three games.
Vidalia will also attend a camp in Natchitoches.
"We're still trying to find a rotation and depth," Sanders said. "These kind of games give us a lot of confidence going into the season."
Vidalia will compete in a tournament in Huntsville, Al., around Thanksgiving and in the prestigious Sunkist Shootout in Lafayette during the upcoming regular season.