Lady Vikes top Lanier for big win

Published 12:30 am Saturday, February 14, 2015

Warren Central went from first to fourth in Division 4-6A in the blink of an eye. It’ll at least head into the division tournament with some positive momentum, however.

T.T. Sims scored 19 points, including a big 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, to lead the Lady Vikes to a 57-53 victory over Lanier in their regular season finale on Friday night.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Lady Vikes (15-12), who will face Clinton in the first round of the division tournament Monday night at Greenville.

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“We got a chance to work on some new ideas that we want to implement going forward. It’s always good to end on success,” Warren Central coach Jackie Glass said.

The Lady Vikes have relied heavily on a large rotation of freshmen and sophomores this season, and only have one senior (Shae Bracey) and one junior (Lamaria Gray) on the roster.

Bracey had 11 points and six rebounds against Lanier, and Gray scored 10 points. Glass had high praise for both of their contributions not only Friday, but throughout the season.

WC has won eight more games this season than in 2013-14.

“I’m happy with our results after going through a season of D’s — discipline issues, dismissals, doubt, and outside distractions,” Glass said. “I’m proud of how Shae, my only senior, and Lamaria, my only junior, have led with their hustle on the court. I’m extremely happy with how my freshmen and sophomores have grown over this season.”

(B) Lanier 59, Warren Central 46

Mario Doyle had 19 points and Tristan Lowry added 10, but Warren Central let a close game slip away in the second half and lost to Lanier.

Warren Central used a quick run to chop an eight-point halftime deficit to two early in the third quarter, but Lanier took advantage of a slew of Viking turnovers to surge back out to a big lead.

Kobe Kelly led Lanier with 13 points, while Chris Stamps added nine for Warren Central.

The Vikings (11-17) have lost five straight games heading into their Division 4-6A tournament opener Tuesday night at 7:30 at Greenville.

(G) Bogue Chitto 61, St. Al 33

Bogue Chitto held St. Aloysius to just 12 points in the first half and won going away against the Lady Flashes on Friday night.

Allie Willis led St. Al with 11 points, while Michelle Howington had eight points and four steals. Lauren McCaffery led Bogue Chitto with 14 points.

St. Al will play the Mississippi School for the Deaf in the first round of the Division 7-1A tournament Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

St. Al is hosting the tournament.

(B) St. Al 64, Bogue Chitto 53

Drake Dorbeck posted a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, and St. Aloysius headed into the Division 7-1A tournament with a road victory at Bogue Chitto.

Rett Verhine and Luke Eckstein scored 15 points apiece for St. Al, which will have a first-round bye in the division tournament and is guaranteed a spot in the Class 1A state tournament.

The Flashes will host Cathedral in the second round of the division tournament Thursday at 8:30 p.m.