Tanager boys start slow, end slow

Tanager boys start slow, end slow
The Vermillion Tanagers boys' basketball team faced off against the 13-1 Bulldogs of Madison on Feb. 2. Once again, the Tanagers' slow start, a seven-point deficit at the half, proved to be the deciding factor in the eighth loss on the year for the slumping VHS squad.

The first quarter seemed to be somewhat promising, but then again, as usual, there was more game to be played. The Tanager boys jumped out to an early 14-9 lead, but it would become difficult to hold the talented Madison team down. Coach Jason Huska stated, "We did some good things against a good team. We played hard and just needed a few breaks to go our way."

The stretch between the beginning of the second quarter and the end of the third quarter, obviously equalling a half of basketball, pretty much decided the game. Madison, who didn't ever seem to let up, came out of this two-quarter stretch with an overpowering 31-13 run and final-period visions of an easy-to-handle post-game speech and a hot shower.

The Tanagers did show some improvement in the fourth quarter, but the outscoring effort of one point would not be enough as the Tanagers fell by a final mark of 58-46.

The Tanagers were under the acceptable 50 percent level from throw field, three-point territory and the free-throw line. The Tanagers and Bulldogs finished the game in a deadlock with eight turnovers and 11 fouls apiece. However, Madison managed to outrebound the Tanagers 28-23, possibly a key downfall in this inspirationally stuttering loss.

Jordan Boots led Vermillion scoring assaults with 16 points. Boots also handed out two assists. Ryan Powell and Jeff Donnelly each completed the contest with 12 points. Donnelly was able to produce three steals as well. Broc Gauer rounded out the scoring with six points; Gauer also pulled in five rebounds.

After the loss, Coach Jason Huska said, "Madison is a good team with a lot of weapons. We definitely improved our playing tonight."

JV Results: Madison-57, Vermillion-46

In the Feb. 2 junior varsity game featuring the Vermillion Tanagers and the Madison Bulldogs, the lack of defensive contributions by VHS allowed the home team to mightily escape with a double-digit victory.

After two quarters, the Tanagers were down by a mark of 35-23. With their 1-9 record in their back pockets and a half still to play, the JV boys from Vermillion would need more effort and a gap-reducing comeback.

The third quarter was an up in improvement, but the fourth and final period was a down. This inconsistent play was pivotal in the Tanagers' 11-point loss to Madison.

Individually, VHS provided a few high notes. Ryan Angelo contributed 11 points and 10 assists. Tony Thomas chipped in 11 points; Mikal Ustad finished with nine; and Blaine Olson completed the Tanagers' top scorers list with four points.

The Tanagers were 18-37 from the field and 8-11 from the free-throw line. Vermillion also compiled 12 turnovers, 10 fouls and 18 rebounds.

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