Vermillion Tanager JV outpaced by SSC 61-39

Vermillion Tanager JV outpaced by SSC 61-39 by Jim Prosser In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, the Vermillion JV Tanagers were shot down by the South Sioux City Cardinals 61-39 in boys basketball Dec. 17 at South Sioux City, NE.

VHS was down just one at halftime.

�Tim Russell had another great offensive performance scoring 19 points while playing in only two quarters,� said VHS Coach Lance Luitjens.

In the third period, SSC, leading 28-25 at 2:08 into the quarter, went on a 14-0 run to outdistance Vermillion and decide the outcome.

The loss was aided by the Tanagers committing 23 turnovers.

The Cardinals ended up hot from three-point range, canning 7 of 13 from long distance.

The Tanagers fell behind 14-8 at the end of the first period, trailed 20-19 at halftime, and then trailed 42-25 going into the final period.

VHS saw its record fall to 1-2, while the SSC junior varsity upped its mark to 3-0.

VHS connected on 5 of 12 free throw tries. The Tanagers sank 14 of 32 from the field, while the SSC junior varsity was 18 of 35 from the field. The Cardinals made 4 of 6 free throw tries.

Even with the final margin, the Tanagers had some solid individual efforts.

�Freshman Nick Olson also played a good ?inside� game,� Coach Luitjens said.

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Tim Russell, 19, Nick Olson, 8, Brett Hogen, 5, Eric Hogen, 5, Eric Rickord, 3, Jeremi Cowman, 2, Matt Bedard, 2. Rebounds � Olson, 5, Russell, 4. Assists � John Holoch, 3. Steals � Adam Brooks, 2.

Individual Stats, SSC junior varsity: Scoring � Chris Koch, 11, Brent Gotch, 10, Chris White, 8, Nick Conrad, 8, Mike Bliel, 7, Mike Flynn, 7. Rebounds � Gotch, 4. Assists � Flynn, 3. Steals � Reggie Rector, 2.

Team rebounds: VHS � 18, SSC junior varsity � 25. Team fouls: VHS � 12, SSC junior varsity � 11.

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