Vermillion freshman team defeats Trojans 48-36

Vermillion freshman team defeats Trojans 48-36 by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers defeated the West Central Trojans 48-36 in boys' basketball Jan. 27 at Hartford. The Tanagers shot 50 percent from the field in the contest.

Jeff Donnelly scored 19 points and Ryan Powell contributed 14 points.

"With both of these guys hitting at the same time, we are a very hard team to defeat," said Vermillion freshmen coach Kelly Knutson.

The Tanagers led 14-6 after the opening period, led 29-24 at halftime, and then held a lead of 38-32 after the third period.

The Tanagers heated things up from three-point range, hitting 6 of 9 from long distance.

"We played by far our best game of the year," said coach Knutson. "I feel we turned the corner as a team."

The Vermillion freshmen now have a record of 2-4, while WCHS fell to 5-3.

Vermillion made 6 of 11 free throw tries. The Tanagers sank 18 of 36 from the field, while WCHS was 14 of 36 from the field. The Trojans hit 8 of 9 free throw tries.

A number of excellent individual efforts highlighted the win.

"Everyone did a great job of defending much larger players," coach Knutson said. "Our press really confused them, and our rebounding was almost perfect."

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Ryan Powell, 14, Jeff Donnelly, 19, Ryan Gilbertson, 11, Bobby Dykstra, 4, Ryan Scheidel, 2, A.J. Manning, 2. Rebounds � Ryan Scheidel, 6, Andrew Pearson, 5, Ryan Gilbertson, 5. Assists � Ryan Powell, 4. Steals � Jeff Donnelly, 4, Ryan Powell, 4.

Individual Stats, WCHS: Scoring � Jason Boll, 12, Bryce Snyder, 8, Winston Gray, 8, Nate Hogen, 2, Taylor Smith, 2, Casey Haensel, 2, Cameron Hagen, 2. Rebounds � Boll, 6. Assists � Gray, 3. Steals � Hogen, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen � 26, WCHS � 21. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen � 12, WCHS � 16.

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