Tanagers defeat Trojans 60-54 Jan. 27

Tanagers defeat Trojans 60-54 Jan. 27
The Vermillion Tanagers beat the West Central Trojans 60-54 in boys' basketball Jan. 27 at home in a matchup that was close throughout.

Jordan Boots scored 27 points, including 6 of 11 3-pointers and 5 of 6 free throws. Jeff Donnelly scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds, made three assists and five steals. Andrew Pier contributed with 11 points, nine rebounds, 9 steals and five assists.

The Tanagers led 18-15 after the opening period, the score was 28-28 after the second period, and the Tanagers led 45-41 going into the fourth quarter.

Vermillion held onto the win from the free throw line, making 21 of 27 charity tosses to 5 of 9 for West Central.

"Our defense really improved in the second half," said Vermillion coach Jason Huska. "We took away their inside game and we made our free throws down the stretch. This was a great team win."

Vermillion improved its record to 5-5, while West Central dropped to 6-2.

Vermillion made 7 of 16 three-point tries. The Tanagers sank 16 of 38 from the field, while West Central was 23 of 53 from the field. West Central sank 3 of 17 three-point attempts.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jordan Boots, 27, Jeff Donnelly, 16, Andrew Pier, 11, Chonka Wilch, 4, Mike Hanson, 2. Rebounds � Pier, 9, Wilch, 6, Donnelly, 6. Assists � Pier, 5. Steals � Donnelly, 5, Pier, 4.

Individual Stats, West Central: Scoring � Bryce Snyder, 25, Adam Schultz, 11, Kelly Hofer, 10, Kyle Johnson, 6, Bucky Needles, 2. Rebounds � Snyder, 12, Needles, 5. Assists � Needles, 6. Steals � Schultz, 3, Needles, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion � 26, West Central � 29. Team fouls: Vermillion� 11, West Central � 25.

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