Parkston JV nips Vermillion Tanagers

Parkston JV nips Vermillion Tanagers by Jim Prosser The Vermillion JV Tanagers lost a fourth-quarter lead and were nipped by the Parkston High School Trojans 36-34 in boys basketball Feb. 22 at Parkston.

VHS had led by five after the third quarter.

Nick Olson scored 10 points.

�Nick hit a big free throw to put us up one with only two seconds left in the game,� said VHS Coach Lance Luitjens.

The Tanagers led 18-11 after the second period, and then led 27-22 after the third quarter.

�They only played six minute quarters in Parkston, and we played great basketball for 23 of those 24 minutes,� said Coach Luitjens.

In the final quarter, a Parkston player hit a 30 footer at the buzzer.

�It was an amazing finish,� Coach Luitjens said. �They threw up a prayer and it was answered.�

VHS saw its record fall to 8-10, while Parkston upped its mark to 13-4.

VHS made 2 of 6 three-point tries and connected on 6 of 10 free throw tries. The Tanagers hit 11 of 30 field goal attempts, while Parkston was 12 of 25 from the field. Parkston sank 4 of 7 three-point attempts and hit 2 of 5 free throw attempts.

The Tanagers had several noteworthy individual efforts in defeat.

�Jon Brooks scored 9 points and made 4 assists,� Coach Luitjens said.

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Nick Olson, 10, Jon Brooks, 9, Jeremi Cowman, 4, Adam Brooks, 4, Matt Bedard, 3, Eric Rickord, 2, Todd Anderson, 2. Assists � Jon Brooks, 4.

Individual Stats, Parkston: Scoring � Bill Maxwell, 12, Jared Degen, 8, Travis Luebke, 8, Adam Sudbeck, 4, Jason Wagner, 2, Ryan Leischner, 2.

Team fouls: VHS � 11, Parkston � 12.

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