Beekman 43, Vidalia 35
Gracie Wooden scored six of her 16 points in the fourth quarter and Jesci Lord recorded her second straight double-double as Beekman improved to 2-0 in District 2-2A with a 43-35 victory over Vidalia.
Encountering bus trouble en route to the game Friday night, the Lady Vikings arrived at 6:11 p.m. for the scheduled 6 o'clock contest.
It would be a long, grueling battle. Vidalia had four players foul out and Beekman was whistled for a pair of technicals as the two teams combined for 50 fouls en route to hoisting 76 free throws.
More importantly, the Lady Tigers (8-8, 2-0) picked up a much-needed victory with games against conference heavyweights Rayville, Ferriday and Mangham looming on the horizon.
Beekman trailed by as many as eight in the first half before taking its first lead with five minutes to play in the third quarter. Kateland Fulmer's layup, which snapped a 23-all tie, put the Lady Tigers ahead to stay.
Lord scored off the offensive glass and made one-of-two free throws on Beekman's next two possessions before Wooden's charity shot capped a 6-0 run and brought the score to 29-23.
Moments later, Angel Heckard's 3-pointer from the right side closed the deficit to 29-26.
Beekman pushed its lead back to six, 32-26, by the end of the quarter on Tanner Spigner's bucket from point-blank range off of a deflected pass and a Lord freebie.
Down 34-28, the Lady Vikings climbed within two on Heckard's driving layup and Kaya Washington's rebound basket.
Wooden then slipped behind Vidalia's full court press for a layup on a long pass from Hannah Irby to put Beekman up 36-32 with 4:18 to play.
Neither team would score on its next four possessions.
Heckard's layup ended the drought.
Vidalia would get the ball right back. Called for traveling after being knocked to the ground on the inbounds pass, Wooden received a technical foul.
Heckard made the front end of the two-shot foul to bring the Lady Vikings within 36-35 near the two-minute mark.
Vidalia then missed a potential go-ahead shot.
Seconds later, Heckard was whistled for her fifth foul. Lord sank the front side of the double bonus and missed the second with Beekman retaining possession as the rebound trickled out of bounds.
Patiently working for a short, the Lady Tigers stretched the margin to 39-35 when Irby drove the right baseline.
Wooden sank 3-of-4 free throws on the next two possessions as Beekman built an insurmountable 42-35 advantage with 45.9 seconds remaining.
Vidalia led virtually the entire first half.
With the score deadlocked at 5-5, the Lady Vikings closed out the first quarter on an 8-0 run, compliments of six straight free throws and Kam Washington's bucket from the paint, to go up 13-5.
Vidalia matched its biggest lead, 17-9, midway through the second quarter.
Beekman countered with an 8-2 spurt, closing within 19-17 at halftime on Wooden's layup just before the horn sounded.
Wooden had five steals to go with her team-high 16 points while Lord accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds. Rounding out the Beekman scoring were Fulmer with five points, Irby with four, Spigner with three (five steals), and Alexis Crumley with one.
Heckard led Vidalia (2-8, 0-2) with 16 points — 12 in the second half — and Kam Washington pitched in eight. Jamya Smith, who fouled out with 5:04 left, added six points, Kaya Washington three and Tiffany Brewer and Hailey Williams one apiece.
Despite the multitude of opportunities, both teams struggled from the free throw line. With Wooden and Lord parading to the stripe 16 times apiece, the Lady Tigers connected on 20-of-46 (43.4 percent) attempts. Vidalia, meanwhile, was 13-of-30 (43.3 percent).
Beekman visits Rayville on Tuesday, followed by a non-district encounter at Claiborne Christian in West Monroe on Thursday. Both games get underway at 6 p.m.