Tanager varsity edged by S.F. Christian 64-63

Tanager varsity edged by S.F. Christian 64-63
The Vermillion Tanagers battled back and forth but ultimately fell just short and were edged by the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers 64-63 in boys basketball Jan. 17 at Sioux Falls.

VHS had led by two after the third quarter.

Jerrod Freidel scored 18 points, grabbed three rebounds, made three steals and added two assists. Alex Schaack scored 10 points, made six rebounds, two steals and three assists.


The Tanagers jumped ahead 18-17 at the end of the first period, trailed 35-30 after the second quarter, and then held a lead of 50-48 going into the fourth quarter.

VHS lost the game despite an edge from three-point range, making 12 of 25 from beyond the circle to 7 of 15 for Sioux Falls Christian.

"We had our chances, but came up short," said VHS coach Jason Huska. "We gave up too many second and third shots. We also need to better execute offensively. Our kids played hard and did not quit. Tough loss!"

VHS saw its record fall to 5-6, while Sioux Falls Christian upped its mark to 8-3.

VHS sank 3 of 7 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 24

of 49 from the field, while Sioux Falls Christian was 27 of 50 from the field. The Chargers hit 2 of 10 from the line.

The Tanagers had several noteworthy individual efforts in defeat.

"Jordan Boots sank 22 points, made three rebounds, stole the ball two times and made two assists," coach Huska said. "Ryan Angelo scored 13 points, and was 3-for-3 from three-point range."

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring – Jordan Boots, 22, Ryan Angelo, 13, Jerrod Freidel, 13, Alex Schaack, 10, Broc Gauer, 3, Jesse Kirkpatrick, 2. Rebounds – Gauer, 7, Schaack, 6. Assists – Gauer, 3, Schaack, 3. Steals – Freidel, 3.

Individual Stats, Sioux Falls Christian: Scoring – Brandon Wicking, 13, Brady Velgerdsie, 12, Colin Koth,11, Nathan TanNaple, 10, Christian Skinner, 5, Taylor Thompson, 3, Aaron Reynolds, 3. Rebounds – Koth, 8, TenNaple, 11, Velgerasic, 5, Skinner, 11. Assists – Velgerdsic, 3. Steals – Reynolds, 3, Koth, 3.

Team rebounds: VHS-25, Sioux Falls Christian-36. Team fouls: VHS-16, Sioux Falls Christian-9.

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