Vermillion freshmen lose two in Yankton The VHS freshmen Tanagers were defeated by the Hartington Cedar Catholic freshmen 44-34 in boys basketball Feb. 20 at Yankton in the first round of the Junior High Basketball Tournament, Ninth Grade Division.
"We played good basketball against a quality Hartington team," said Vermillion Coach Devin Schwiesow. "In the first half, we did an excellent job of getting the ball inside on their man-to-man defense. Thad Roche had his highest scoring total of the year with 17 points."
The Tanagers fell behind 9-8 at the end of the first period, trailed 22-15 at halftime, and then trailed 36-25 after the third period.
Vermillion saw its record fall to 7-7, while Hartington upped its mark to 10-4.
Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Thad Roche, 17; Dave Hanson, 6; Kris Hoffman, 8; Ben Bazemore, 2.
Crofton 53 � Vermillion 50
Closing out their season, the VHS freshmen Tanagers were edged in an upset bid against the Crofton Warriors 53-50 in boys basketball Feb. 20 at Yankton in the consolation game of the Junior High Basketball Tournament, Ninth Grade Division.
"Our kids played a very physical game against a much taller Crofton ball club," said Vermillion Coach Devin Schwiesow. "Offensively, we had our best showing of the year with 50 points."
The Tanagers fell behind 15-13 after the first quarter, trailed 28-27 after the second period, and then trailed 42-37 after the third quarter.
The loss dropped Vermillion to a record of 7-9, while Crofton freshmen improved to 14-3.
Even with the loss, the Tanagers had several good individual efforts.
"We were led by Doug Hanson, who poured in 22 points and Thad Roche added 15," Coach Schwiesow said. "We ended the year with a 7-8 record."
Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Thad Roche, 15; Dave Hanson, 22; Chris Hoffman, 6; Jeff Gilbertson, 4; Jon Holoch, 3.
Stats compiled by Jim Prosser