Tanagers end season with loss to Panthers by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers lost to the Dakota Valley High School Panthers 56-50 in boys basketball Feb. 29 at home in the first round of the District 8A Tournament.
This was the Tanagers� final game of the 1999-2000 season. The loss dropped VHS to a record of 3-17, while Dakota Valley improved to 15-5.
Jordan Thompson sank 24 points for Vermillion, followed by Cullen Iverson with 10. Iverson also grabbed 8 rebounds.
�Jordan Thompson had it in his mind that he would do whatever it would take to win the game,� said VHS Coach Troy Terronez. �His offensive performance reflects this.�
The Tanagers fell behind 14-4 at the end of the first period, trailed 22-16 after the second period, and then trailed 36-29 after the third period.
VHS lost the game from the free throw line, making 3 of 6 charity tosses compared with 15 of 25 for Dakota Valley. The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only 7 turnovers and the Panthers committing only 5.
�Had we not spotted Dakota Valley 10 points, the outcome would have been different,� said Coach Terronez. �Sometimes players want to win so badly that nerves affect the performance, and I feel that is what happened. Then, when the boys relaxed, we started our run.�
In the final period, Dakota Valley�s Shawn Reiff scored 5 points in the last 1:30 of the game to seal the win for the Panthers.
VHS made 3 of 17 three-point attempts. The Tanagers sank 19 of 40 field goal attempts, while Dakota Valley was 16 of 27 from the field. Dakota Valley sank 3 of 12 three-pointers.
Although defeated, the Tanagers had a number of fine individual efforts.
�Our seniors provided outstanding leadership and spent every ounce of energy on that game,� Coach Terronez said. �These boys have a lot to be proud of: their improvements, their dedication and their attitudes.�
Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Jordan Thompson, 24, Cullen Iverson, 10, Tim Russell, 8, Derrick Brown, 6, Todd Anderson, 2. Rebounds � Iverson, 8, Russell, 7. Assists � Brown, 3.
Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Shawn Reiff, 21, Tony Bracht, 9, Brett Snoozy, 8, Dustin Hovorka, 8, J.J. Nelson, 4, Blake Markve, 4, Dan Seid, 2. Rebounds � Reiff, 13, Snoozy, 10. Assists � Snoozy, 8, Reiff, 7.
Team rebounds: VHS � 23, Dakota Valley � 34. Team fouls: VHS � 23, Dakota Valley � 16.