Bulldogs & Indians Split
The cross-county rivalry was in full force on Saturday afternoon at Parsons-Reid Gymnasium as Vidalia High School hosted Toombs County High School for a big pair of Region games. In the girls game the Lady Indians came out on top, but in the boys contest the Bulldogs pulled out to a big lead with Vidalia clawing their way back and making for a great finish.
In the girls game the Lady Indians jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter on over the Lady Bulldogs. By midway of the second quarter VHS was in complete control of the game with a 24-4 lead over Toombs.
Vidalia extended their lead to 49-10 in the third quarter. Vidalia went on to win the game 53-22 over Toombs.
Hannah Nichols led all scoring with 26 points for the Indians.
Jesus Quintero got the scoring started for Toombs in the boys game with a three-pointer. Mike Polke got a shot to fall, and then a three by Dominic Eason put Toombs on top 8-2 early in the first quarter.
Eason dropped another three to go ahead 11-2 before Jamorion Phillips finally got a shot to go for VHS. Cori Mincey added a three for VHS to close the lead to 11-7. A couple of baskets by Jayon Coleman pulled VHS to within four at 15-11, but Quintero answered for Toombs with 2:50 left in the first quarter.
Quintero hit another shot, but Mincey added a three-pointer with 1:40 left to make it 19-14. A three from Eason and a runner in the lane by Quintero put Toombs back ahead 24-14, which was the score at the end of the first quarter.
Early in the second Jacaree Washington got a three to go for VHS, but Eason answered with a three and then a pull up in the lane as Toombs was up 29-17 with 5:30 left in the half. Rashad Brown laid one in on a fast-break for Toombs to go ahead 31-17.
Mincey hit a three for the Indians, but Eason answered just before the buzzer to give the Bulldogs a 34-20 lead at halftime.
Early in the second half Toombs’ Marion James slammed one home, but Antonio Barron got a runner to fall as Toombs led 36-24. Washington came continued from page
away with a steal and basket to close it back to a 10-point game at 36-26.
VHS closed it to 36-30 with a three from Mincey with just under five minutes to go in the third. Coleman made it 38-34 and then a three by Washington got VHS to a 1-point game at 38-37 with TCHS clinging to their lead.
Coleman gave VHS their first lead of the game at 39-38 with two minutes left in the third quarter. And by the end of the third the Indians were leading 42-40 over the Bulldogs.
Early in the fourth DJ Griffin gave the Bulldogs back the lead with a threepointer, 43-42. With just over four minutes left in the game it was tied 45-45. Cameron Faison made it 51-45, Toombs in front, but Mincey closed it back to 51-48 with one minute left with a three-pointer.
Toombs kept Vidalia from scoring over the final minute of the game, with Eason sealing the win with a pair of free-throws with just 9 seconds to play. That gave the Bulldogs the big 53-48 victory over the Indians. Eason led Toombs with 22 points.
Earlier in the week the Lady Bulldogs lost to Appling County 51-35 and to Tattnall County 64-29. The TCHS boys beat Appling 82-33 an then knocked off Tattnall County 52-39. The VHS girls beat Windsor Forest on Tuesday 59-31 while the boys fell in a tough one to Windsor, 68-63.
This is the final week of the regular season. The Bulldogs were at Windsor Forest on Tuesday while the Indians traveled to Tattnall County after presstime. Toombs will wrap up their sesson at home on Friday against Pierce County at 6:00 p.m. VHS will be at home on Friday against Appling County at 6:00 p.m.