Gators roll Ridgeland in division finale

Published 8:12 am Friday, February 3, 2017

The Vicksburg Gators weren’t able to secure the No. 1 seed for the Division 4-5A boys’ basketball tournament, but they are heading toward the postseason on a serious roll.
Kirk Parker had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Kardell English added 16 points and seven assists as the Gators beat Ridgeland 60-46 on Thursday night.

Dentarius Richardson scored 10 points for the Gators.

Vicksburg (16-6, 5-1 Division 4-5A) won its sixth consecutive game, with four of the victories coming by double digits. It finished the division schedule tied with Neshoba Central for first place, but will go into the division tournament as the No. 2 seed.

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Vicksburg and Neshoba split their two regular-season meetings, but Neshoba got the top seed based on total point differential in the two games. Neshoba’s win was by four points, and Vicksburg’s by just two.

Vicksburg will play Ridgeland (13-10, 1-5) in the first round of the division tournament, which begins Feb. 13 at Neshoba Central.

In the girls’ game Thursday, Ridgeland beat Vicksburg 47-43.

The Missy Gators (4-16, 0-6) lost their seventh straight game and will go into the division tournament as the No. 4 seed. They’ll face top-seeded Lanier in the first round.

Vicksburg will play at Warren Central Saturday at noon. The game was rescheduled from Jan. 7 because of weather.

(G) Riverfield 63, St. Al 25

Jordan McDonald scored six points for the short-handed St. Aloysius Lady Flashes as they lost to Riverfield Academy on Thursday night.

St. Al was missing three starters. Two who were of town attending a competition with the school’s dance team and a third was injured.

St. Al will finish the regular season Monday at 5 p.m. at Hartfield Academy, in a game rescheduled from early January because of weather.

St. Al will begin the District 3-AAA tournament next Thursday at Manchester Academy in Yazoo City.