Superb team effort leads to Tanager win

Superb team effort leads to Tanager win
In a superb team effort, the Vermillion Tanagers rolled over the Beresford Watchdogs 54-35 in boys' basketball Feb. 28 at Elmen Center, Sioux Falls in the first round of the District 8A Tournament.

Jordan Boots scored 23 points, including five 3-pointers. Broc Gauer contributed 19 points and pulled down four rebounds.

The Tanagers jumped in front 22-11 after the first quarter, led 33-20 after the second period, and then held a lead of 39-26 going into the final period.

The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only six turnovers and the Watchdogs committing only five.

"We came out aggressive and I think that helped," said VHS coach Jason Huska. "Beresford worked hard to get good shots. We did a better job in the second half. The next game will be a challenge for us. Elk Point-Jefferson is playing well. It should be a great district dual."

VHS improved its record to 13-7, while Beresford dropped to 9-12.

VHS connected on 7 of 20 three-point attempts and connected on 13 of 17 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 17 of 39 field goal attempts, while Beresford was 15 of 38 from the field. Beresford connected on 1 of 11 three-point tries and connected on 4 of 8 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring- Jordan Boots, 23, Broc Gauer, 19, Alex Schaack, 6, Cole Andre, 3, Jordan Merrigan, 2, Ryan Angelo, 1. Rebounds- Mikal Ustad, 8, Gauer, 6. Assists- Schaack, 5

Individual Stats, Beresford: Scoring- Eric Docken, 9, Zach Orr, 5, Adam Hansen, 4, Chris Mohr, 4, Kyle McKetvey, 4, Cody Whitebear, 2, Collin Pederson, 2, Cody Carlson, 2, Aaron Longheed, 3. Rebounds- Hanson, 8. Assists- Luke Frankl, 4.

Team rebounds: VHS-22, Beresford-22. Team fouls: VHS-12, Beresford-13.

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