West Central falls to Tanager varsity 56-49

West Central falls to Tanager varsity 56-49 by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers beat the West Central Trojans 56-49 in boys' basketball Jan. 27 at Hartford.

"We came out a little flat, however, in the second half we really got after it," said Vermillion varsity coach Jason Huska. "We moved and cut offensively as well as we have all year. Defensively, we caused turnovers and were able to pull away. Good win for us."

The Tanagers committed only 7 turnovers in the victory.

The Trojans tried to keep things close from three-point range, hitting 5 of 10 from long distance.

The Tanagers fell behind 20-15 after the opening period, went into the locker room up 28-26 at halftime, and then held a lead of 47-41 going into the fourth quarter.

Vermillion improved its record to 8-4, while WCHS dropped to 3-7.

The Vermillion varsity connected on 8 of 16 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 23 of 50 field goal attempts, while WCHS was 19 of 46 from the field. The Trojans connected on 6 of 13 from the line.

The winners needed good efforts from several performers.

"Nathan Boots was 7 for 7 from 2 point range, and scored 18 points," coach Huska said. "Collin Prosser grabbed 13 rebounds, including four offensive boards."

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Nathan Boots, 18, Tyler Brown, 11, Chad Teigen, 8, Adam Brunick, 7, Collin Prosser, 6, Dave Yutrzenka, 4, Ben Oberle, 2. Rebounds � Prosser, 13, Yutrzenka, 7. Assists � Brunick, 3, Oberle, 3. Steals � Brunick, 3, Brown, 3.

Individual Stats, WCHS: Scoring � Chad Jager, 14, Kyle Johnson, 11, Jordan Smithback, 10, Adam Schultz, 5, Scott Siemonsma, 4, Antony Peterson, 3, Adam Wollman, 2. Rebounds � Jager, 10, Siemonsma, 8. Assists � Jager, 3. Steals � Smithback, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 31, WCHS � 32. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 14, WCHS � 17.

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