Vermillion loses lead in final period by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers lost a fourth-quarter lead and dropped a close decision to the Dakota Valley Panthers 59-56 in boys basketball Feb. 8 at home.
VHS had led by eight after the third quarter.
Cullen Iverson and Derrick Brown set the tempo and action in the opening quarter. Brown scored two 3-pointers and Iverson scored one 3-pointer. They also controlled the offense while aiding the 1-1-3 zone defense.
�Landon Morse played one of his best games, playing the point, protecting the ball and distributing the ball to the open men,� said VHS Coach Troy Terronez.
The Tanagers got in front 16-11 after the first quarter, and had advantages of 8-7 in the second period, and 13-11 in the second and third quarters boosted the lead to 37-29 going into the final period.
The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only 7 turnovers and the Panthers committing only 6.
�We played an outstanding three quarters of basketball,� said Coach Terronez. �We only turned the ball over three times in the first half, but the turnovers increased when Dakota Valley pressed. At that time, Dakota Valley made a run to tie the game, and then it came down to defense. We worked hard on the defensive end, but Dakota Valley executed the offense led by Markve and Snoozy.�
In the fourth period, Dakota Valley�s Snoozy and Markve scored 9 points each, and the Panthers� Reiff and Nelson scored 6 points each. Dakota Valley sunk 10 of 13 free throws.
�With a full court press by Dakota Valley, the tempo of the game became accelerated and 8 of 14 free throws made by Vermillion was not enough to turn the tide which reversed our drive to victory,� Coach Terronez said.
VHS saw its record fall to 2-11, while the Dakota Valley varsity upped its mark to 11-4.
VHS hit 6 of 13 three-point tries and sank 12 of 22 free throw tries. The Tanagers hit 19 of 35 field goals, while the Dakota Valley varsity was 17 of 35 from the field. Dakota Valley hit 5 of 14 three-point tries and made 10 of 15 free throw tries.
The Tanagers had several noteworthy individual efforts in defeat.
�Jordan Thompson hit some big 3�s, especially the one in the fourth quarter when we were exchanging leads,� Coach Terronez said.
Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Bo Nelson, 20, Jordan Thompson, 12, Cullen Iverson, 7, Derrick Brown, 7, Jeremi Cowman, 4, Tim Russell, 3, Brett Hogen, 3. Rebounds � Iverson, 6, Nelson, 6, Russell, 4, Brown, 4. Assists � Iverson, 3. Steals � Thompson, 2.
Individual Stats, Dakota Valley varsity: Scoring � Shawn Reiff, 16, Brett Snoozy, 11, J.J. Nelson, 11, Blake Markve, 11, Tony Bracht, 6, Dustin Hovorke, 4. Rebounds � Reiff, 11, Snoozy, 8. Assists � Nelson, 11.
Team rebounds: VHS � 26, Dakota Valley varsity � 30. Team fouls: VHS � 17, Dakota Valley varsity � 18.