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|Vidalia hosts Ronnie Brown Memorial|
Vidalia High will host Ferriday and Tensas Parish in the 2009 Ronnie Brown Memorial Tournament Thursday through Saturday.
"It should be an exciting tournament," said Vidaila coach Robert Sanders. "Tensas Parish is much improved and Ferriday now has their football players contributing."
The tournament tips off Thursday as Ferriday's junior varsity boys faces Tensas at 5 p.m.
Ferriday and Tensas' girls team meet at 6 p.m., followed by Ferriday against Tensas boys.
On Friday, Vidalia's junior varsity team faces Tensas at 5 p.m.
Vidalia and Tensas' girls meet at 6 p.m., followed by Vidalia against Tensas boys.
On Saturday, Vidalia's JV boys meet Ferriday at 5 p.m.
Vidalia and Ferriday girls meet at 6 p.m., followed by Vidalia against Ferriday boys at 7:30 p.m.
Vidalia competed in the Sportsmed Shootout in Huntsville, Al., during the Thanksgiving holidays.
The Vikings lost to tournament runner-up Lee High of Huntsville 72-52 in their first game and Hillcrest High of Tuscaloosa in its second game, 68-50.
"One team is ranked No. 1 in Alabama and the other team has the best player in the state," Sanders said. "Against Lee they would take it inside with their two 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-5 guy and if we tried to stop that they would pass it outside and hit their shots. It was a matter of pick your poison. But the tournament was good for us in a lot of ways."
On November 24,Vidalia High avenged its only loss this season as the Vikings defeated Franklin Parish 64-54.
The Vikings fell to the Pattriots 90-84 in the Tensas Parish Tournament last month.
"We played much better defense this time," Sanders said "We blocked out better and had fewer turnovers."
Vidalia led 17-10 after one period, but were outscored 17-8 in the second period to trail 27-25.
The Vikings outscored the Patriots 21-15 in the third period and 18-12 in the final quarter,
Torrey Dixon led the Vikings with 23 points, while Gary Stewart added 21 and Quartrell Thomas 12.
Vidalia's girls fell to Franklin Parish, 42-6.
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