Tanager freshmen win close match 45-40

Tanager freshmen win close match 45-40 by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers beat the Dakota Valley Panthers 45-40 in boys basketball Feb. 10 at Dakota Valley in a matchup that was close throughout.

Ryan Scheidel scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. Ryan Gilbertson poured in 9 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

"Ryan really led the team for us tonight with some clutch baskets, and Ryan played his usual aggressive style," said Vermillion freshman Coach Kelly Knutson.

The Tanagers jumped in front 15-11 after the opening period, led 24-19 after the second quarter, and then led 36-32 after the third period.

The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only 8 turnovers and the Panthers committing only 6.

"We played an exceptional team game tonight," said coach Knutson. "We really showed how well we can play when everyone is on the same page."

The Vermillion freshmen now have a record of 3-5, while Dakota Valley fell to 3-5.

Vermillion made 2 of 4 three-point tries and made 7 of 14 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 18 of 38 field goals, while Dakota Valley was 14 of 30 from the field. Dakota Valley connected on 1 of 5 three-point tries and sank 11 of 16 from the line.

The Tanagers had several important contributors in the close win.

"Bobby Dykstra contributed greatly with his defense and his rebounding, and Jeff Donnelly and Ryan Powell did their usual good job taking care of the ball in crunch time," Coach Knutson said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Ryan Scheidel, 12, Jeff Donnelly, 9, Ryan Gilbertson, 9, Bobby Dykstra, 7, Ryan Powell, 5, Paul Hammond, 3. Rebounds � Gilbertson, 7, Dykstra, 6, Scheidel, 6. Assists � Powell, 3, Scheidel, 3. Steals � Donnelly, 4.

Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Mitch Huber, 11, Michael Hixon, 11, Jared Wall, 8, Alex Galvin, 7, Justin Trudell, 2, Bryce Matsuo, 1. Rebounds � Wall, 5. Assists � Huber, 2. Steals � Galvin, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen � 24, Dakota Valley � 20. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen � 16, Dakota Valley � 12.

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