This confidence was quickly extinguished after a first quarter that provided West Central with a 14-point advantage and no need to look back.
It was not until the fourth quarter that the VHS boys were able to put more points on the scoreboard than their opponents, but of course that was in the fourth quarter, which usually signifies the end of the game being near. Without the ability to play four more quarters, the VHS boys were rattled in an all-out rout, a 15-point drumming, by a final score of 78-63.
Coach Jason Huska stated, "We needed to play better defense. I thought we played better in the second half, however, (in the) first half we were too passive. We give West Central credit. They shot the ball well. We tried different things and they did a good job.
For overall team statistics, Vermillion finished shooting under 50 percent from the field and also from the three-point line. It has become quite the theme for Vermillion's shooting numbers to be poor, which will be something to address so that further overall improvement is not halted.
The Tanagers were only able to connect on four of seven free throws. Vermillion produced more turnovers, fouls and rebounds than their opponents.
Individually, Vermillion was led in scoring by Jeff Donnelly with 19, Jordan Boots with 18, Alex Schack with ten, Broc Gauer with eight and Ryan Powell and Bobby Dykstra each finished with four.
Gauer and Dykstra also pulled in seven rebounds each. Donnelly chipped in three steals, and Boots handed out five assists.
For the winning club, two players were the primary reasons for success. Alex Schultz and Bryce Snyder were able to contribute 38 points and 13 rebounds combined.