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|Vikings tip off with win|
The wait is over.
Eight months after playing for the Class 2A state championship, Vidalia High's boys basketball team returned the court showing it has the capability on making a return trip by defeating Jefferson County of Fayette, 93-41 Tuesday in Vidalia.
In a foul-plagued first quarter, the Vikings jumped out to a 32-8 lead behind the inside and outside shooting of Torrey Dixon and the play of Quartrell Thomas.
The Vikings ran out to the big lead despite regular starters Quan Riley and Gary Stewart not entering the game until the second quarter because they just finished football.
Newcomer Brandon Bauchmann provided a spark in a starting role, while D.J. Polk had a career game with 16 points.
"The guys who usually come off the bench surprised me," said Vidalia coach Robert Sanders. "They showed they are capable of contributing. We went into knod of a lull in the second quarter, but overall I was pleased considering it was our first game against a good opponent."
Jefferson County outscored Vidalia 14-13 in the second period to pull to within 45-22.
The Vikings took control again in the third period, outscoring the Tigers 26-9.
Stewart finished with 18 points while Thomas added 12
Jefferson County (2-1) was led by Davion Noble with 10 points and Richard Miles with nine points.
The Lady Vikings stayed with Jefferson County early, trailing 9-4 after one period before the Lady Tigers pulled away to a 56-21 win.
The Lady Tigers led 24-13 at halftime.
Charika Carradine scored 10 points and Brandy Buck finished with seven points for Jefferson County.
Vidalia was led by Gabrielle Wagoner with 16 points.
Vidalia will play Franklin Parish today (Wednesday) in the Tensas Tournament, Lake Providence Thursday and Madison on Saturday.
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