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How high can Victoria Vivians go?

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Victoria Vivians, Scott Central

Last year the 6-foot basketball star from Scott Central (Forest, Miss.) led the nation with 1,221 points and tied for the No. 1 average at an even 37 points per game as a sophomore. She had a high game of 57 points and also was named the Gatorade Mississippi State Player of the Year.

Her junior year is turning out to be even better considering the amount of defensive pressure she faces every night. On Friday she exploded for a career-high 62 points - including the two winning free throws with 3 seconds left - to give the Rebels (15-4) a 69-67 victory over Lake (Miss.) during the semifinals of the Scott County Tournament. Forty-five of those points came in the second half. They will play host Forest (Miss.) tonight for the title.

"She's a dynamic, explosive player," coach Chad Harrison told MaxPreps. "She has a college body already and handles the ball like a guard. Her mid-range jumper is her best shot, but she can shoot from 25 feet effortlessly. The main thing is she's just so intense. Tonight they were throwing three kids at her and she just shot over them."

The unstoppable forward made 15 2-point baskets, three 3-pointers and 23 of 28 at the free throw line, in addition to grabbing 15 rebounds. She is No. 4 in the nation with a 36.1 scoring average and has already surpassed the 3,000-point mark for her career.

In addition to the major Mississippi colleges, Vivians has received scholarship offers from such powers as Baylor, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.