Tanager juniors beat Raider varsity players by Jim Prosser With four players in double figures, the junior members of the Vermillion Tanager junior varsity demolished the Gayville-Volin varsity Raiders 85-53 in boys' basketball Feb. 17 at Gayville.
The Tanagers had led by 34 in the third quarter.
Matt Preszler scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Andrew Pier contributed 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. Chris Teigen added 16 points and had five rebounds and five assists. Jason Donald pulled down 10 rebounds.
"It was a great effort and outstanding performance by these individuals," said Vermillion JV Coach Jon Ruevers.
The Tanagers took the lead 19-11 after the first quarter, and margins of 28-14 and 24-12 in the second and third quarters boosted the lead to 71-37 going into the final period.
The Tanagers committed only 4 turnovers in the victory.
The Tanagers heated things up from three-point range, hitting 8 of 15 from long distance.
"The team as a whole played very well with good intensity from start to finish," said coach Ruevers. "We are 2-0 in our limited junior only season."
Vermillion improved its record to 11-3, while Gayville-Volin dropped to 3-14.
Vermillion hit 13 of 22 from the line. The Tanagers connected on 32 of 68 field goal attempts, while Gayville-Volin was 21 of 45 from the field. The Raiders hit 9 of 13 free throw tries.
Vermillion held a 52-31 edge on the boards.
The Tanagers had several fine individual efforts in the victory.
"I have been impressed with how this team has grown," coach Ruevers said. "We didn't start off our season great, but I am more than satisfied at how this team made themselves better each and every day."
Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Matt Preszler, 21, Chris Teigen, 18, Andrew Pier, 16, Kyle Mollet, 10. Rebounds � Matt Preszler, 11, Jason Donald, 10, Andrew Pier, 9. Assists � Chris Teigen, 5, Andrew Pier, 5. Steals � Andrew Pier, 3.
Individual Stats, Gayville-Volin: Scoring � Matt Sahra, 18, Terry Bye, 12, A.J. Schruer, 5, James Henderson, 5. Rebounds � Matt Sahra, 6, Terry Bye, 4. Assists � Terry Bye, 3. Steals � Matt Sahra, 2.
Team fouls: Vermillion JV � 13, Gayville-Volin � 16.