Tanager loss ends basketball season

Tanager loss ends basketball season By Jim Prosser Finishing their season, the Vermillion Tanagers were topped by the Dakota Valley Panthers 72-66 in boys� basketball March 3 at Alcester in the first round of the District 8A basketball tournament.

Andrew Pier scored 24 points and made three assists. Chad Teigen poured in 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made four steals. Ben Oberle contribute with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and two assists.

�This trio kept us in the game with some excellent performances,� said Vermillion varsity coach Jason Huska.

The Tanagers trailed 14-9 after the first quarter, trailed 33-32 at halftime, and then trailed 52-46 after the third quarter.

Vermillion varsity lost the game from the free throw line, making 15 of 20 charity tosses compared with 24 of 36 for Dakota Valley.

�We fell behind early and spent the night catching up,� said coach Huska. �We got within two with about three minutes in the game, but we couldn't overcome their free throw shooting in the fourth quarter.�

Vermillion saw its record fall to 8-11, while Dakota Valley upped its mark to 7-13.

Vermillion hit 5 of 21 three-point attempts. The Tanagers sank 23 of 62 field goal attempts, while Dakota Valley was 21 of 28 from the field. Dakota Valley hit 6 of 18 three-pointers.

The Tanagers had some excellent individual performances in defeat.

�The seniors, playing their last VHS game, were into 'it,' whether on the floor or the bench,� coach Huska said. �I will miss working with this fine group of athletes and wish each of them the best in their future endeavors. I also want to recognize my assistants, Jon Reuvers and Eric VanLaecken. Their help was invaluable.�

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Andrew Pier, 24, Chad Tiegen, 14, Ben Oberle, 10, Jeff Donnelly, 9, Matt Preszler, 4, Kyle Brunick, 3, Jason Donald, 2. Rebounds � Oberle, 11, Teigen, 7. Assists � Pier, 3, Donnelly, 3. Steals � Teigen, 4.

Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Anthony Howard, 19, Mitch Huber, 16, Eric Halverson, 15, John Pappas, 11, Alex Nelson, 6, Nick Sherrick, 2, Derek Parker, 2, Andre Harness, 1. Rebounds � Nelson, 14, Pappas, 6. Assists � Nelson, 5. Steals � Howard, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 35, Dakota Valley � 27. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 20, Dakota Valley � 20.

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