Vicksburg runs wild over South Delta

Published 12:45 am Saturday, December 13, 2014

With only one senior starter on the roster, any time the Vicksburg Missy Gators get a chance to give their young players some playing time is one to seize.

On Friday night, they grabbed it with both hands.

Sophomore Maya Clay had her first varsity double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Missy Gators to an easy 54-23 win over winless South Delta.

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Senior Ruddie Shears added 10 points and Destiny Allen had seven for Vicksburg (8-2), which won its third straight game after a pair of losses.

Maya Clay

Maya Clay

Monica Stamps led South Delta (0-10) with eight points, and Tierra Henry scored seven.

The game not only offered a chance for Vicksburg’s youth to get some playing time, it gave coach Barbara Hartzog one of her first good looks at the players who will have to step into vital roles heading into the division schedule in 2015.

Hartzog missed the first month of the season after having knee surgery and didn’t return to the bench until this week. Assistant coach Deborah Brown had been filling in during Hartzog’s absence.

“I was able to play everybody. I don’t know a lot about the younger ones, so it was good to see what they could do,” Hartzog said. “All of our guards are going to help us, but we’ve got to do some work in the post.”

(B) Vicksburg 77, South Delta 19

After two tight games, Vicksburg enjoyed a laugher. The Gators blew out South Delta for their second consecutive win after their previous two games were decided by a total of six points.

K.J. Murphy and Kirk Parker led the Gators (7-3) with 12 points apiece, Tyler Smith scored 10 and Justin Selvy had nine. A dozen different players scored for Vicksburg, which shot 56 percent from the field and jumped out to a 30-point lead by halftime.

(G) Brandon 45, Warren Central 44

Brandon won the duel between Cocos to steal a win from Warren Central.

After WC’s Coco Fultz hit a shot with 8 seconds left to tie it, Coco Hobson was fouled and hit a free throw to give Brandon (8-1) a one-point win.

Hobson finished with a game-high 20 points, while T.T. Sims led Warren Central (5-6) with 16 points and Shae Bracey scored 13.