Tanagers beat Trojans in Jan. 8 tourney action

Tanagers beat Trojans in Jan. 8 tourney action by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers defeated the West Central Trojans 47-37 in boys' basketball Jan. 8 at Dell Rapids in the first round of the Big Central Tournament.

Tyler Brown scored 20 points, made 10 of 13 free throws, and contributed four assists.

The game was knotted 9-9 at the end of the first period, the Tanagers led 26-17 after the second period, and then led 36-27 going into the fourth quarter.

The Vermillion varsity held onto the win from the free throw line, making 18 of 25 charity tosses to 5 of 9 for WC. The Tanagers forced 26 WC turnovers to help the victory.

"This was a good win for us against a Big 8 conference foe," said Vermillion varsity coach Jason Huska.

The Vermillion varsity improved its record to 4-1, while WC dropped to 1-4.

Vermillion hit 1 of 14 three-point tries. The Tanagers hit 14 of 45 from the field, while WC was 15 of 35 from the field. WC connected on 2 of 10 three-point tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Tyler Brown, 20, Dave Yutrzenka, 8, Nathan Boots, 6, Collin Prosser, 4, Chad Teigen, 4, Adam Brunick, 3, Ben Oberle, 2. Rebounds � Prosser, 5, Yutrzenka, 4. Assists � Brown, 4, Boots, 4. Steals � Oberle, 3, Yutrzenka, 3.

Individual Stats, WC: Scoring � Jordan Smithback, 18, Chad Jager, 8, Adam Wellman, 5, Scott Siemonsma, 4, Anthony Peterson, 2. Rebounds � Siemonsma, 6, Jager, 6. Assists � Smithback, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 21, WC �29. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 15, WC � 20.

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