Lennox Orioles bury Tanager freshmen 45-29

Lennox Orioles bury Tanager freshmen 45-29 by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers lost to the Lennox Orioles 45-29 in boys' basketball Jan. 19 at Lennox after being buried by a disasterous first half.

Jeff Donnelly scored 16 points and had four steals. Ryan Gilbertson contributed with 10 points, three steals and six rebounds.

"Ryan Gilbertson had a break-out game for us," said Vermillion freshmen coach Kelly Knutson. "He really stepped up."

LHS jumped in front 16-6 after the first quarter, and held an edge of 17-8 in the second quarter. The Vermillion freshmen had an advantage of 9-5 in the third period to cut the deficit to 38-23 going into the final period.

"After a very poor first half, we played much better in the second half," said coach Knutson. "Our five week layoff from games was very apparent in the opening minutes."

The Vermillion freshmen saw its record fall to 1-2, while LHS upped its mark to 4-0.

Vermillion made 2 of 4 three-point tries and hit 5 of 7 free throw tries. The Tanagers connected on 11 of 36 field goal attempts, while LHS was 20 of 40 from the field. LHS connected on 2 of 5 three-pointers and sank 4 of 5 from the line.

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Jeff Donnelly, 16, Ryan Gilbertson, 10, Ryan Scheidel, 2, Andrew Pierson, 1. Rebounds � Gilbertson, 6, Donnelly, 4. Steals � Donnelly, 4, Gilbertson, 3.

Individual Stats, LHS: Scoring � M. Husteller, 14, J. Kruse, 10, VanDeHoef, 7, Deneui, 4, Loe, 4. Rebounds � VanDeHoef, 7, Kruse, 6. Steals � DeNeui, 4.

Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen � 21, LHS � 26. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen � 12, LHS � 12.

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