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Vidalia High's boys basketball team has had a busy summer.
The Vikings played Cathedral at home Monday, competed in the Louisiana-Lafayette and Northwestern State camp earlier, and have had scrimmages with Franklin Parish High and will play at Franklin Parish Friday and at Jefferson County in Fayette, Ms., on Friday.
Vidalia defeated Cathedral 57-21.
Vidalia advanced to the semifinals of the Louisiana-Lafayette Tournament.
The Vikings defeated North Vermillion 43-18, Lafayette Christian 42-38 and Bogalusa 39-15. Vidalia lost to French Settlement 34-30.
In tournament play, Vidalia beat Westminister 43-36 and posted another win before falling to Warren Easton 47-45 in sudden death where the first team that scores wins.
"I was impressed," said Vidalia coach Robert Sanders. "We had opportunities to win in the semifinal of the tournament, but it was sudden death and you know how that goes."
Vidalia went 4-2 at the Northwestern State Tournament as assistant Damus Smith coached the team while Sanders was playing in a British Master's 50-over Tournament in England.
Vidalia recorded wins over Jeanerette, Lake Arthur and Hathaway. They lost to La. New Tech and New Living Word of Ruston.
"So far we had looked pretty good," Smith said. "We are much improved from last year. We just have to keep working. Depth is going to be a problem."
Both coaches said they have been impressed with Michael Whitley, Isiah Thompson, Trey Virgis, Martel Wiley and others.
"Isiah Thompson has become a real offensive threat for us," Sanders said. "They have to be hungry enough to want to get there and do the things necessary to get there. The thing that we really need is size that we still don't have. We still try to get the ball inside, but we get most of our points on defense from pressing. It worked well at the last camp, and Coach Smith said we were able to press at Northwestern's camp."
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