Lady Vikes hammer South Delta

Published 1:50 am Sunday, November 16, 2014

Warren Central’s Amber Gaston dribbles the ball Saturday against South Delta. Gaston scored six points as the Lady Vikes rolled to a 96-22 victory. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)

Warren Central’s Amber Gaston dribbles the ball Saturday against South Delta. Gaston scored six points as the Lady Vikes rolled to a 96-22 victory. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)

The Warren Central Lady Vikes snapped out of their weeklong funk on Saturday afternoon — maybe a little too much.

Shae Bracey scored 23 points, T’onna Sims had 21, and Anaiyah Fultz 14 as Warren Central blasted South Delta 96-22.

The Lady Vikes (2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak, and their point total was more than they’d scored in the previous two games combined.

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“Coming off two losses and having some injuries, it was good to have one where we got our confidence up,” WC coach Jackie Glass said. “To put up that many points, you have to make shots. Today was a good day to get our confidence back on our shooting.”

That confidence, though, seemed to come at the expense of an overmatched South Delta (0-4) team that was never in the game at any point.

Warren Central jumped out to a 30-2 lead by the end of the first quarter and then put it on cruise control until the last two minutes.

That was when, with her team leading by 58 points, Glass switched defenses to a full court press. The Lady Vikes stole the ball on nearly every possession the rest of the game. They scored 18 points in the last two minutes and flirted with breaking 100 points before missing a couple of shots in the final seconds.

Glass said the late surge was intended to let her players cut loose a bit.

“They wanted to get the score up and have fun. We won’t have another game where we can have that much fun or freedom at the end,” Glass said. “I do feel bad about the score, but I don’t want to punish my girls for being the better team.”

South Delta coach Brandon McDaniel took the loss in stride, but wasn’t happy about how the last last two minutes played out.

“I just wasn’t happy that she was up by that much and right at the end she put back in her starters and just continued to press. To me, that just wasn’t showing very much sportsmanship,” McDaniel said. “She could see that we were struggling. I guess she was trying to break the clock. But she could have called off the dogs a long time ago.”

(B) Warren Central 70, South Delta 28

Mario Doyle went 9-for-10 from the foul line and finished with 20 points, and Warren Central used a big third-quarter push to pull away from South Delta.

The Vikings (2-2) led 33-21 after South Delta’s Quinderrius Jones hit a 3-pointer with about four minutes left in the third quarter. WC then scored the next nine points to push its lead over 20, and wound up going on a 21-5 run over about a six-minute span of the third and fourth quarters.

In all, Warren Central outscored South Delta 45-12 in the second half.

Tristan Lowry finished with 13 points for WC, freshman point guard Jalen Allen and Jaquan Woods each had eight, and Taylor Johnson scored seven. Jones led South Delta (1-4) with eight points.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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