Indians Play In Region Tournament
The Vidalia High School Indians basketball teams took part in the Region Tournament last week. The Lady Indians lost their first game to Brantley County but bounced back with a win over Pierce to move into the State Playoffs as the #3 seed out of Region 3AA. The boys fell to Windsor Forest and Toombs County but will enter the State Playoffs as the #4 seed out of the Region.
Girls vs. Brantley
The Lady Indians stuck with the Lady Herons in the first quarter of the game, but couldn't keep up the pace. At the end of the first the score was tied at 14-14, but in the second quarter Brantley outscored the Indians 15-9 to take a 29-23 lead into halftime.
In the third the Herons extended their lead to 47-30, and went on to win the game over Vidalia 61- 35.
VHS was led by Hannah Nichols with 10 points.
Boys vs. Windsor
It was a very slow start for both teams with VHS trailing 5-4 with just over three minutes left in the first quarter. Windsor made a late run to take a 15-4 lead heading to the second quarter. With three minutes left in the second, it was 21-9 with the Knights on top. Cori Mincey hit a three for VHS, but it was 26-15 with one minute left in the first half. At halftime it was 30-15 with the Knights well out in front.
VHS got a threepointer from Jacaree Washington to start the second half, and then Mincey added a three as VHS made a bit of a run. At the end of the third quarter the Indians had closed the lead to 42-33. But in the fourth VHS again went cold. Windsor pulled away to take a 5739 win over VHS.
Girls vs. Pierce
The Lady Indians had three players in double figures against the Lady Bears. Kaliya Walker scored 14 points, Cori Warner added 13, and Nichols posted 12 as VHS got the win over the Lady Bears.
VHS steadily pulled away from Pierce on the way to a 52-36 win.
Boys vs. Toombs
It was a rough first half for the Indians against their rival, the Toombs County Bulldogs. At the end of the first quarter, Toombs had pulled out to a 10-4 lead. But it got worse in the second quarter as VHS didn't score a single point. That put Toombs on top 20-4 heading into halftime.
In the third the Indians finally found their shot. The score was 2918 with Toombs on top with four minutes to play in the quarter. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 42-26. Early in the fourth Cori Mincey made it 42-28, and it was 46-31 with four minutes to play in the game. Mincey added a threepointer to make it 47-36. VHS closed it to 52-47 with 50 seconds to go. Jayon Coleman hit a three with 10 seconds left as VHS was down 53-50, but a slam by Toombs in the final seconds sealed the win for the Bulldogs, 55- 50.
This week in the first round of the State Playoffs both VHS teams have a daunting task. The Lady Indians took on Josey on Tuesday after presstime. Josey is the #5 ranked team in the state. The VHS boys will play on Wednesday against the #1 team in the state in Westside of Augusta. They will play at 6:00 p.m.