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Vidalia High and Ferriday split a pair of games Friday at Vidalia High.
In the boys contest, Vidalia jumped out to an early lead and held off a late Trojan rally to defeat Ferriday 56-50.
The undersized Vikings used the outside shooting of to take the lead early and held a 32-27 halftime advantage.
Ferriday cut that lead to 41-37 going into the final quarter after Vidalia had jumped ahead by 12.
"We're still a work in progress," said Vidalia coach Robert Sanders. "We have to learn to pass the ball around and be patient. We didn't do a good job in our delay game."
Michael Whitley led the Vikings with 16 points, while Isiah Thompson added 15.
Ferriday was led by Brandon Scott with 16 points, while Freddie Gray added nine.
"We just can't get over the hump," said Ferriday boys coach James Davis, whose team lost to Natchez High in overtime last month. "Vidalia played well, but we missed 14 free throws. We have got to get better and do the little things. We're going to do some things over the break and get back in the weight room because we need to get tougher."
Ferriday's Lady Trojans picked up their first win at Vidalia, defeating the Lady Vikings 56-45 in a contest that had more whistles than baskets.
"That was a big relief," said Ferriday girls coach Lisa Abron. "We're young and inexperienced and the girls were getting frustrated. But they are starting to buy into what we are trying to get them to do. We're seeing positive results and a lot more scoring. I was impressed with how they dug down and fought hard."
Almost every other possession was stopped by a foul or jump ball.
Ferriday jumped to a 26-14 lead behind Sha'Keria Kelly, but the Lady Vikings, with Frankysha Duson dominating underneath, cut the lead to
Kelly scored a game-high 20 points, while MeElle Reed added 19.
Duson led Vidalia with 13 points.
"We're progressing, but we still have some work to do," said Lady Viking coach Fred Marsalis. "And the ball is just not falling for us. But we're going back to the drawing room and working on the little things."
The Lady Vikings made only 10-of-25 free throws.
"And that's something we spend a lot of time on in every practice," Marsalis said. "That's the difference in the game."
Vidalia is competing in the Caldwell Tournament later this week. Ferriday will be back in action at the end of this month in the Sicily Island Tournament.
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