VHS Tanager’s Ruminations

VHS Tanager's Ruminations By Jim Prosser Reviewing game 13 in the "mini-dome" gym at South Sioux as one of the most exciting finishes of a high school basketball game?

Okerlund was again the hero as he scored a 10-foot jump shot at the buzzer in overtime to salvage a 62-60 win. Seibel scored two key baskets in overtime and Okerlund led the scoring with 22 points as Baker chimed in with 14 (6 for 6 freethrows) and Renner, Seibel and Wagner contributed 6 to 8 points to the final total. Okerlund also had nine rebounds in the game.

As if it were not enough to survive that game, the next opponent was a traditional foe in the Sioux Falls Washington Warriors who were led by the tall, capable center � Steve Evjen.

The Tanagers took an early 8-2 lead, but Sioux Falls quickly caught up and the remainder of the game involved 10 ties and 13 lead changes, leaving a final score 46-46 in regulation. In the overtime, Wagner scored a basket which was answered by Evjen and the defenses of both teams controlled the time until Renner was fouled and made two free-throws to secure the 14th victory in the string 50-48.

Okerlund scored 15 points with nine rebounds; Iverson chimed in with 9 points and six rebounds, while the team free-throw total 14 of 19 was better than the Warriors' 6 of 13. The determining factor in the first win, in five years, over Washington, Coach Hennies exclaimed "Super, super defense!"

Game #15 was played against the only B team on the schedule � Elk Point. Completing the previous three "big games" led to a predictable let- down in shooting and the team shot a miserable 33 percent from the field. However, the free-throw percentage (67 percent) and the rebounding (36-24) was enough to overcome a short-lived Pointer third quarter lead by a quick final spurt including all 6 fourth quarter points from Seibel. The final score was 44-37 with Baker (5 points) and Renner (12 points) as the scoring leaders.

Games #16 and 17 were anti-climactic as they turned out to be "runaways" against Brandon Valley (53-30) and Flandreau Indians (54-40). In the Lynx game the shooting percentages were 43 percent from the field, 69 percent free-throws and the rebounding advantage was 39-26. Wagner was high-point man with 17 and Okerlund scored 13 points

(6-6 freethrows) and had 14 rebounds. The team dished out 13 assists!

The Indians game was decided by half-time with a 30-16 score going into the third quarter. Steve Renner saved the best for last as he scored 7 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. Okerlund had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Iverson scored 11 points. and the 54-40 score represented the final regular season game with the sectional tournament coming next.

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