In a contest featuring halves that looked like two different games, the Vermillion Tanagers held on in the second half to escape an upset bid and top the Canton C-Hawks 61-54 in boys' basketball Feb. 23 at home.
Vermillion had led by 27 at halftime in a win carried by a strong first half.
The contest looked like two different games, with each team owning a half. The Tanagers led 15-7 after the opening period, led 41-14 after the second period, and then led 54-33 going into the final period.
"We played an aggressive first half, but played the opposite in the second half," said Vermillion coach Jason Huska. "As we enter Districts, we need to play the complete game. This was a good win to close out our seniors' careers regular season. I'm very proud of each of them, and their contributions."
Jeff Donnelly scored 36 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made two assists. Jordan Boots contributed with 11 points and three steals.
Vermillion held onto the win from the free throw line, making 16 of 21 charity tosses to 7 of 12 for Canton.
Vermillion now has a record of 3-14, while Canton fell to 4-15.
Vermillion made 3 of 10 three-pointers. The Tanagers hit 21 of 45 from the field, while Canton was 21 of 54 from the field. Canton made 5 of 17 three-pointers.
Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jeff Donnelly, 36, Jordan Boots, 11, Broc Gauer, 5, Ryan Powell, 4, Bobby Dykstra, 2, Alex Schaack, 2, Jackson Freidel, 1. Rebounds � Donnelly, 7, Gauer, 6. Assists � Powell, 2, Dykstra, 2, Gauer, 2, Donnelly, 2. Steals � Boots, 3.
Individual Stats, Canton: Scoring � Travis Olinger, 25, Derek Fosum, 9, Blake Sanders, 6, Zach Maiers, 6, Jake Schneller, 4, Dan Amen, 4. Rebounds � Sanders, 6, Maiers, 6. Assists � Schneller, 3. Steals � Amen, 3.
Team rebounds: Vermillion � 29, Canton � 26. Team fouls: Vermillion �10, Canton � 17.
Elk Point/Jefferson 36
The Vermillion Tanagers topped the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies 48-36 in girls' basketball Feb. 22 at the Yankton Summit Center in the championship game of the District 8A in a win carried by a strong first quarter.
"Our kids executed our game plan to near perfection," said VHS coach Jamie Parish. "We discussed some things that we wanted to attempt to cause EP-J some difficulties and our girls really took it to heart and did a great job. We won this game by playing defense; we had a quick run at the end of the first quarter that was spearheaded by our defense effort. We took some turnovers, turned then into some quick baskets and never looked back from there."
The Tanagers jumped in front 21-7 after the first quarter, led 32-20 at halftime, and then led 41-27 after the third quarter.
VHS now has a record of 17-5, while EP-J fell to 10-12.
VHS sank 7 of 16 three-point tries and hit 11 of 17 free throw attempts. The Tanagers connected on 15 of 42 from the field, while EP-J was 13 of 43 from the field. EP-J connected on 3 of 10 three-point tries and made 7 of 10 from the line.
Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win.
"Annie Roche did a great job of slowing down EPJ's offense with her full court pressure," coach Parish said. "Chelsea, Alicia, Rachel and Alexa did a great job causing havoc in the backcourt for us with our pressure defense. Krista, Brittany and Rachel had to work extremely hard to control the size of the posts from EPJ and really did a nice job of keeping them down."
Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Annie Roche, 18, Chelsea Gauer, 14, Alicia Brown, 9, Krista Froke, 4, Rachel Odens, 3. Rebounds � Roche, 5, Froke, 5. Assists � Roche, 4. Steals � Roche, 6, Gauer, 6.
Individual Stats, EP-J: Scoring � Kelsie Pace, 11, Anna Erickson, 10, Chrissy Strassburg, 7, Linley McInerny, 3, Hannah Wilkinson, 3, Annie Staum, 2. Rebounds � Pace, 7, McInerney, 5. Assists � Strassburg, 4. Steals � Strassburg, 5.
Team rebounds: VHS � 22, EP-J � 24. Team fouls: VHS � 11, EP-J � 16.
The Vermillion Tanagers routed the Alcester-Hudson Cubs 56-25 in girls' basketball Feb. 20 at North Sioux City in the first round of the District 8A in a win keyed by a first-half blitz.
VHS improved its record to 16-5.
"We are very happy to get that game under our belts," said VHS coach Jamie Parish. "After a week off and opening district game, it's not always easy to be prepared. We tried to push the ball up and down the floor and quicken the pace of the game. We have been preparing all year to be playing our best basketball at this time so we hope to get on a roll."
The Tanagers took the lead 16-4 after the first quarter, and margins of 21-7 and 6-4 in the second and third quarters boosted the lead to 43-15 going into the final period.
The Alcester-Hudson season mark fell to 3-17.
VHS hit 3 of 13 three-point attempts and connected on 11 of 23 free throw attempts. The Tanagers made 21 of 65 field goals, while Alcester-Hudson was 8 of 38 from the field. Alcester-Hudson made 0 of 0 three-point tries and connected on 9 of 15 free throw attempts.
Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring- Alicia Brown, 11, Annie Roche, 10, Krista Froke, 9, Chelsea Gauer, 6, Alexa Walker, 4, Jenny Bye, 4, Sarah Day, 4, Hannah Nehlich-Arobba, 4, Nicki Whitelightning, 4, Sarah Kjose, 2, Rachel Odens, 1. Rebounds � Froke, 8, Walker, 6. Assists � Brown, 3. Steals � Brown, 4
Individual Stats, Alcester-Hudson: Scoring � Julfa Brown, 11, Kelsey Heeren, 7, Kara Hongslo, 3, Mallory Schempp, 2, Megan Wood, 2. Rebounds � Schempp, 7, Heeren, 6. Assists � Hangslo, 3. Steals � Brown, 3.
Team rebounds: VHS � 31, Alcester-Hudson � 24. Team fouls: VHS � 20, Alcester-Hudson � 17.
Sioux City North 62
The Vermillion Tanagers pulled away in the last stanza to beat the Sioux City North Stars 74-62 in boys' basketball Feb. 19 at home. The Tanagers shot 55 percent from the field in the contest.
Vermillion had led by only five heading into the final quarter.
"The kids executed the game plan," said Vermillion coach Jason Huska. "Defensively, we limited their shots and offensively, we worked hard to get good shots. Everyone contributed to the outcome. These kids deserve this win."
The contest was well played, with the Tanagers committing only eight turnovers and the Stars committing only six.
Vermillion jumped ahead 23-13 after the first quarter, but was outscored 16-13 in the second period and 15-13 in the third to lead 49-44 going into the final period.
Vermillion improved its record to 11-8, while Sioux City North dropped to 14-6.
Vermillion connected on 5 of 11 three-point tries and hit 17 of 22 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 26 of 47 from the field, while Sioux City North was 21 of 53 from the field. Sioux City North connected on 4 of 19 three-point tries and made 16 of 25 free throw tries.
Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jeff Donnelly, 28, Jordan Boots, 19, Ryan Powell, 11, Broc Gauer, 11, Bobby Dykstra, 3, Andrew Pearson, 2. Rebounds � Donnelly, 8, Gauer, 7. Assists � Donnelly, 3. Steals � Powell, 2, Gauer, 2.
Individual Stats, Sioux City North: Scoring � Alex Walker, 20, Mike Tillo, 15, J. McDaniel, 8, Brian Wanner, 8, Mike Wiken, 6, Matt Nygaard, 5. Rebounds � Walker, 11, Tillo, 10. Assists � McDaniel, 3.
Team rebounds: Vermillion � 30, Sioux City North � 33. Team fouls: Vermillion � 19, Sioux City North � 20.