Vidalia can't keep up in state title game

MACON, GA (WTOC) - Vidalia's quest for the first state title in boys' basketball program history will continue next season.

The Indians lost the Class AA state championship game 66-31 to Thomasville Wednesday afternoon in Macon.

The Bulldogs, led by McDonald's All-American and Mississippi State signee Reggie Perry, jumped out to a 13-0 lead on Vidalia and ran away from there. Vidalia trailed 41-10 at halftime, and could never get back in the game.

"I think they're really, really good. We knew they couldn't play a great game, but we had to play a great game. It kind of ended up the opposite," Vidalia head coach Tommy Dalley said.

Tahj Jones led the Indians with 10 points, while Anthony Jones added six points and six rebounds.

The Indians struggled offensively from the opening tip. They shot just 25.5% from the field, and went 2-25 from behind the three-point line. Meanwhile, Thomasville scored 40 points in the paint and shot over 50% from the field.

"We couldn't ever get going offensively and turned the ball over a few too many times offensively early on. Man, they just got going," Dalley said. "They made some shots. I think they shot over 50 percent in the first half, and they're so big. Our kids were kind of overwhelmed at first, and we never got back on track."

Vidalia ends the season with a 23-9 record and their first state title game appearance since 1982.

"We had a great run, a great season. It's always going to end with either a win or a loss," Dalley said. "We just didn't play very well on this big stage."