As has been the case all season, Peabody dominated a district opponent from start to finish.
The Warhorses defeated Vidalia, 97-36 at the Emerald Palace Friday and improved their record to 28-1. They also pushed its winning streak to 13 games.
"Our team is really focused this year," Peabody coach Charles Smith said. "These guys have been to the well the last three years and have come up empty. I think they are really focused this year on bring home a state championship."
On senior night, point guard Jacoby Ross scored 20 points and knocked down eight of nine free throws as the Warhorses shot 56 percent from the field and had six players over eight points.
Helping Ross out were juniors Cedric Russell and Kevin Norman, as Peabody's "Big Three" combined to score 55 of the team's 97 points.
Russell matched Ross' team-high of 20 points, including drilling back-to-back 3-pointers late in the third quarter to put the Warhorses up 50, while Norman continued to clean up the glass, grabbing 15 rebounds and scoring 15 points. Fellow junior Corey King chipped in with 14 points.
"They're outstanding basketball players, but better than that, they're outstanding students," Smith said. "They do an outstanding job in the classroom and also on the campus so they're great leaders. I thank that's going to carry us over the top this year."
Leading Vidalia was senior wing Desmond Bindon with seven points in three quarters of play.
With the 3-3A title in tow, Peabody will look to continue its quest for perfection in the district when it welcomes Winnfield Tuesday and travels to Buckeye Feb. 19. It will close the season with the Hall of Fame game against Tioga and former Warhorse Lance Brasher Feb. 20.
"Everybody's looking for that one, including myself," Smith said. "Anytime Peabody and Tioga hook up, it's always an outstanding basketball game. The guys look forward to it and also as a coach, I look forward to it. Lance does and excellent job coaching his team over at Tioga."
Vidalia travels to Moreauville to face Avoyelles Tuesday.
Taking a page out of the boys book, Peabody crushed Vidalia, 86-28.
Leading the Lady Warhorses in scoring was junior small forward A’Zia Reed who scored 32 points – outscoring the overmatched Lady Vikings after adding in 12 points in the fourth. Seniors Shanekra Laneheart and Demetrion Jones each went into double-figures in their final home games at the Emerald Palace, scoring 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Peabody led 32-18 at halftime, but exploded for 54 second half points with Reed scoring 18 after the intermission.
In contrast, the Lady Vikings mustered only 10 points and had trouble stopping Reed and the rest of the Warhorses.
Sitting in the playoff bubble, Peabody will hope to make the LHSAA Class 3A playoffs when the brackets are announced Monday.