Vikings notch first win of the season

Published 6:23 pm Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Warren Central’s Jabari Bowman set them up, and Jalen Glass knocked them down.

Bowman, a 6-foot-6 power forward, scored 21 points. Glass, a shooting guard, made a pair of 3-pointers during a pivotal run early in the third quarter and finished with 24. Together, they powered the Vikings to their first win of the season, 60-49 over Ridgeland on Tuesday night.

Glass hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter, with two of them coming in a 12-0 run that gave Warren Central (1-2) a double-digit lead it never relinquished.

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“Jalen Glass made those three huge 3s when they tried to double down on (Bowman) and we read that well. (Bowman) didn’t score much in that third quarter because they piled in on him. We were able to skip it and throw that extra pass. That was really the key,” Warren Central coach Bruce Robinson said.

Warren Central started the season with double-digit road losses against Raymond and Hattiesburg, and were a little sluggish in the first quarter Tuesday. Jalani Bell hit a pair of 3-pointers in the opening period, including one at the buzzer, to give Ridgeland a 14-9 lead.

Warren Central, however, opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run and never trailed again. Bowman scored eight points in the period, and had 13 in the first half.

“(Bowman) got us off to a good start, and that helps when you’ve got your big man that can get you off to a good start,” Robinson said. “More than his points, he protected the rim and rebounded well.”
Bowman’s play also opened things up on the outside.

After Ridgeland scored the first basket of the third quarter, the Vikings went on their 12-0 run to take a 39-26 lead with 2 ½ minutes left. A free throw by Bell ended a nearly five-minute scoring drought for Ridgeland, but the Titans never got the margin back to single digits.
Bell and Jeff Blackmon led Ridgeland (3-1) with 17 points apiece.

“I was happy with our post play, and I think we were a lot more poised than we were the first couple of ballgames,” Robinson said. “We’re still making November mistakes. I thought we fouled too much, we were were out of position on defense. Just a lot of things we can work on.”

(G) Warren Central 47, Ridgeland 36
Aniya Sanders had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Te’Asia Sims added nine points as Warren Central’s girls team beat Ridgeland in the home debut of new coach Darein Hilliard.

Sanders scored 15 points in the first half as the Lady Vikes (2-1) opened up a 32-16 lead at the break.
Morgan McCray led Ridgeland (1-2) with 17 points.

(B) Vicksburg 58, Madison Central 52
Devan Kiner hit three 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 15 points to lead Vicksburg High (2-1) past Madison Central (2-2).

Darius Johnson added 11 points, and Tyron Moore scored eight as the Gators shot 46 percent from the field and made eight 3-pointers as a team. Jaden Williams grabbed eight rebounds.

(G) Vicksburg 46, Madison Central 34
Jayla Sims scored seven of her 12 points in the fourth quarter, and Vicksburg went 9-for-10 from the foul line in the final period to close out Madison Central.

Karmen Davenport added eight points for Vicksburg (3-0), while Tiarra Jones and Yakia Burns scored six each. For the game, VHS made 17 of 24 free throws.

(B) Porter’s Chapel 38, Discovery Christian 35
Luke Yocum finished with 11 points and Jake Arias scored 10 as Porter’s Chapel Academy edged Discovery Christian for the second time in a week.

Michael Tod Andrews added nine points for the Eagles.

(G) Porter’s Chapel 54, Discovery Christian 19
Anna Grace White led a balanced effort with eight points as Porter’s Chapel Academy’s girls’ team beat Discovery Christian. Eleven players scored a point for the Lady Eagles, who also had 20 steals as a team.

Fayth McDaniel and Hannah Embry each finished with six points and four steals. Carlyle Smith and Laney Whitten scored seven points apiece.

(B) St. Aloysius 58, Cathedral 37
The St. Aloysius Flashes weathered an early 3-point barrage from Cathedral to surge past its Catholic school rivals.

J.T. Taylor hit three of Cathedral’s four 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Green Wave jumped out to a 19-11 lead. St. Al outscored the Wave 19-3 in the second quarter, however, and only allowed 15 points in the second half.

Alvin Brown led St. Al with 11 points. Trinye Brown and Phillip Upshaw scored eight apiece.
Taylor finished with a game-high 13 points for Cathedral.

(G) Cathedral 48, St. Aloysius 31
Ryleigh Probst scored nine of her 11 points in the first quarter, while Bayle Graning had 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second half to lead Cathedral’s girls’ team past St. Aloysius.

Taylor Chewning led St. Al with seven points. Kendyl Rice scored six, and Olivia Waring had five.

St. Al will begin a three-game road swing Friday night at Manchester Academy.

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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