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|Vidalia goes 2-1 at Tensas|
Vidalia High's boys team went 2-1 at the Tensas Parish Tournament last week.
Vidalia defeated Lake Providence 72-51, outscored Madison 75-61 after losing to Franklin Parish in the opener.
Franklin Parish High's 2009-10 boys squad did something Wednesday night that last year's Patriot team could not do in four tries - beat Class 2A state runner-up Vidalia.
Despite losing eight starters, the Patriots defeated a Vidalia team returning six seniors and two All-State players 90-84 in the first round of the Tensas Parish Tournament in St. Joseph.
"It was a great win," said Franklin Parish coach Wystee Kerry, whose team defeated Ferriday 93-43 in its opener the night before. "Last season we let them control the boards. We did a better job on the boards Wednesday night. I am very pleased and encouraged with our play early in the season.
Brandon Sims led Franklin Parish with 22 points, while Roosevelt Walker added 21 and Tyrell Winn 20.
Gary Stewart led Vidalia with 20 points, while Quartrell Thomas added 14, Torrey Dixon 12 and Eric Bell 10.
"We had the lead with under two minutes to go, but rushed it and made some unforced errors," said Vidalia coach Robert Sanders. "We have to eliminate turnovers and block out better."
Against Lake Providence, Vidalia led 17-8 after one period and 33-12 at halftime.
Torrey Dixon led the way with 27 points, while Louis Whitley added 10.
Against Madison, Vidalia led 26-7 after one period and 40-25 at halftime.
Quartrell Thomas led the Vikings with 23 points, while Torrey Dixon added 18. Gary Stewart netted 14 and D.J. Polk 10.
After a game at Franklin Parish Tuesday, Vidalia will compete in the Sportsmed Shootout in Huntsville, Al., Thursday through Saturday.
Vidalia opens play against Lee High of Huntsville at 8 p.m. Thursday. Lee features Devin and Josh Langford, who are both 6-foot-6.
The winner will play the winner of the Hillcrest-Sulphur game on Friday.
"We want get any points out of this tournament unless we play Sulphur," Sanders said. "But it will be good competition and good exposure for our team."
Local fans can follow the games on sportsmedshootout.com.
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