Going into this matchup with a record that was two games below the .500 mark, the home team really needed to put quite the complete game together in order to defeat their opponents from the south.
After an impressive start and with two periods of play complete, the Tanagers were in the lead by a score of 37 to 26. The Vermillion boys did not look back as they went on to claim a 68-59 victory over the Raiders.
Vermillion coach Jason Huska stated, "Our kids played extremely well and hard. We got off to a fast start."
The Tanagers were able to offset their mediocre shooting percentage by witnessing their opponents miss 38 of the 60 shots that they took. The VHS boys were also very accurate from three-point range compared to the visiting team. The Tanagers connected on 12 of 20 attempts; the Raiders were only able to deliver six of 22 attempts from behind the arc.
The hometown team did, however, commit more turnovers and did not grab as many rebounds as their opponents, Sioux City East. Both teams finished with a 12-20 night at the free throw line.
For Vermillion, Ryan Powell completed the game with 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Jordan Boots came up with 19 points and four assists, and Jeff Donnelly turned in an all-around performance of 17 points, six assists, seven rebounds and two steals.
JV Results: Sioux City East-61, Vermillion-43
The Junior Varsity squad from Vermillion attempted once again to add a win to their 0-6 season record. Sioux City East came into the Jan. 13 game with a 5-2 record.
After three strong quarters and a 40-37 lead for Vermillion, the final period turned into an offensive assault by the visitors that the Tanagers could not hold down or match.
Ryan Angelo led Vermillion with 14 points, five rebounds and three steals.