Missy Gators rip Florence

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 6, 2000

The only thing that kept the Vicksburg Missy Gators (6-1) from recording more than a 7-0 win was the fact the game was played in two 30-minute halves.

Florence, a second year program still looking for its first win of the year, was outshot 43-0 and Vicksburg’s three goalies only had to touch the ball twice.

“The girls went out, played and had fun,” said Vicksburg coach Kevin Manton, who agreed to the abbreviated halves after Florence’s bus was nearly 40 minutes late because of a tie-up on Interstate 20.

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Courtney Chapman and Cassie Griffing each had two goals and an assist. Kim Griffin netted a goal, while Viola Howard and Brandi Parker each got a goal and an assist. Tayvi Ellis assisted Parker’s.

The Missy Gators were playing without starters Neely Nasif and Leanne Feibelman, who are in a cheerleading competition.

Against a team like Florence, Manton said, the loss was not crippling. The two will miss Thursday’s matchup with Warren Central and Saturday’s second game of the Coca-Cola Classic against Clinton because of the ACT. Parker and Griffin will also miss the Clinton game.

“We just have to play,” Manton said. “It doesn’t count (against the division records) so we’ll just have to regroup after Christmas.”

(B) Florence 2, Vicksburg 0

The defending Class 4A state champ Eagles (3-0) scored in each half to shut out the Gators (2-5).

Vicksburg outshot the state’s fifth-ranked team 14-9 and Bobby McComas, who played his first game after missing the last two because of a concussion, made seven saves.

“We’re playing good ball, we just don’t have the wins to show for it,” Vicksburg coach Josh Harper said.

A pair of red cards and six yellow cards were handed out all against Florence, Harper said.

“We played clean ball,” said Harper, whose team will play WC on Thursday.

“We are anxious to meet our buddies from across the county,” Harper said. “We expect a friendly game. Maybe we’ll sip some tea ….”