VHS junior varsity squeaks by Tigers

VHS junior varsity squeaks by Tigers by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers held on in the second half to squeak past the Harrisburg Tigers 47-45 in boys� basketball Dec. 8 at home.

The Vermillion JV had led by 10 at halftime.

The season-opening win gave the Vermillion JV a record of 1-0 while the Harrisburg junior varsity fell to 0-1.

Thad Roche scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

�We played all 11 junior varsity players, and they all contributed,� said Vermillion JV Coach Lance Luitjens. �We shot the ball pretty well from the perimeter and had some nice inside and outside play.�

The Tanagers jumped in front 14-13 after the first quarter, led 30-20 after the second quarter, and then held a lead of 37-32 going into the final period.

The Vermillion JV sank 4 of 10 from the line while the Tigers connected on 4 of 11 free throw attempts.

The winners needed good efforts from several performers.

�Thad Roche really played strong for us both offensively and defensively,�coach Luitjens said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion junior varsity: Scoring � Thad Roche, 10, Jon Brooks, 9, Eric Rickord, 8, John Holoch, 6, Nick Olson, 6, Rob Schaack, 5, Dan Holoch, 3. Rebounds � Roche, 8, Matt Bedard, 5.

Individual Stats, Harrisburg junior varsity: Scoring � Nathan Holm, 12, Dustin Hanson, 9, Matt Ramstad, 8, Dustin Vos, 7, Nathan Griese, 5, Matt DeGeest, 4. Rebounds � Holm, 7, Griese, 3.

Team fouls: Vermillion � 18, Harrisburg � 16.

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