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Vikings, VHS girls avenge last losses

Vicksburg High’s girls flexed their muscle Tuesday night, avenging Saturday’s loss to Pearl with a 9-1 drubbing of the Lady Pirates (2-7-1).

“I didn’t even mention being upset about Saturday,” Missy Gators coach Kevin Manton said, referring to a 2-1 loss to Pearl Saturday in the Vicksburg/Warren Central Classic. “We just played like we are capable of playing. They gave it all they had.”

Freshman Brandi Parker had a hat trick, scoring the last goal of the first half and the final two goals. She also picked up two assists. Michelle Beatty had a pair of goals and three assists.

Courtney Chapman booted in the first two goals for the Missy Gators (8-3), who dominated from the start, taking a 4-0 lead at the half and going up 7-0 before the home team scored. Neely Nasif scored on a double assist from Beatty and Parker, Manton said, while Kim Griffin got the first goal of the second half on an assist from Brandi Head. Head, Griffing and Cassie Griffing also got assists.

VHS outshot Pearl, 34-8.

(B) WC 4, Meridian 1

Ricky Pennington had two goals and an assist as the Vikings got revenge for a last-second loss to the Wildcats on Saturday in the Brandon tournament.

Todd Monsour and Greg Carroll also scored for WC (8-5), which lost 1-0 on Saturday when Meridian scored in the last 10 seconds. It was the third game of the day for WC, the first for Meridian, in the consolation game of the tournament.

The Vikings outshot Meridian, 23-8.

(B) Pearl 6, VHS 1

Michael Thornton scored on an assist from Patrick Everman, but that was all the offense the injury-plagued Gators (3-7) could generate. Five VHS players were either out or playing hurt, and “they just took advantage of it,” VHS coach Josh Harper said.

The Gators host Natchez Thursday, then go to Greenville for a division match Friday.