Tanager JV downs Dakota Valley 47-37

Tanager JV downs Dakota Valley 47-37 The VHS JV Tanagers downed the Dakota Valley junior varsity Panthers 47-37 in boys basketball Feb. 9 at North Sioux City.

Jeremi Cowman scored 15 points with 3 of 4 three-point baskets; 3 of 6 two-pointers, and 3 steals.

"Jeremi has been playing consistant all year," said Vermillion JV Coach Lance Luitjens.

The Tanager JV jumped ahead 16-6 after the opening period, led 27-17 at halftime, and then led 40-33 going into the final period.

"It was another great 'team' win," said Coach Luitjens. "The JV is becoming a nice, well-rounded ball club."

In the first quarter, Bo Nelson ignited an early lead with 3 layups and 2 assists and Cowman had 5 points, Brown 3, and Hogen 2, to set up a 10 point margin which was maintained throughout the game.

Vermillion JV improved its season mark to 11-4, while Dakota Valley fell to 5-9.

Vermillion JV connected on 3 of 6 three-pointers and sank 8 of 12 free throw tries. The Tanager JV sank 18 of 40 field goals, while Dakota Valley was 12 of 36 from the field. Dakota Valley hit 1 of 4 three-pointers and hit 12 of 21 free throw attempts.

Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win.

"Derrick Brown's control of the offense was again exceptional, contributing 5 assists," Coach Luitjens said. "Tim Russel played great defense both halves."

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Jeremi Cowman, 15, Brett Hogen, 9, Bo Nelson, 8, Derrick Brown, 6, Tim Russell, 5, Tim Broderson, 2, Landon Morse, 2. Rebounds � Hogen, 6, Broderson, 6. Assists � Brown, 5. Steals � Nelson, 3, Cowman, 3.

Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Blake Markve, 16, Tony Bracht, 6, Dan Seid, 6, Melvin Clifford, 3, Matt Kneebone, 2, Alex Bernard, 2, Dusty Bristol, 2. Rebounds � Markve, 6. Assists � Bracht, 3. Steals � Seid, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion JV � 23, Dakota Valley � 20. Team fouls: Vermillion JV � 21, Dakota Valley � 11.

Stats compiled by Jim Prosser

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