Tanager turnovers give
Orioles chances to score By Parker Knox
Sports Writer Vermillion stayed within reach of Lennox for most of three quarters Dec. 16, but 22 Tanager turnovers handed the Orioles too many extra opportunities to score. They capitalized on those chances and finished the night with a 64-43 win at Lennox. Coach Jay Drake felt his team had improved over the season-opening loss to Harrisburg, for three quarters at least. "I was proud of our kids for three quarters," he said. "We just didn't take care of the ball as well as we should have, but we did other things that allowed us to hang in there until the fourth quarter." Drake's point was that, even if the opposition scores on half of the possessions Tanager turnovers give them, it's enough for them to win. Point well taken – half of the 22 turnovers is 11, and the Orioles won by 21 points. "And that's the difference," Drake pointed out. The first quarter saw the contest go from a 6-4 Tanager lead to a 12-7 Oriole advantage at the end of the period. Vermillion was within five points just two minutes prior to halftime when Lennox took a 30-21 lead into the lockerroom. In the third period a two-point basket by Blaine Olson and a three-pointer by Kylen Freidel started the half and got Vermillion to within 30-26. Freidel's second trey of the quarter cut the Lennox lead to 37-31, but that was about the end of the Tanagers' hopes. Lennox ran away to a 46-33 lead after the third stanza and expanded its lead with an 18-10 advantage in the final quarter. Freidel had 18 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead the Vermillion offense. But Drake also commended the only two "big boys" the Tanagers have to contend with everybody else's big men – Blaine Olson and Kyle Nemec – for gamely taking on the Orioles in the vicinity of the basket. Olson and Nemec had 10 points apiece as well as six and nine rebounds, respectively. They accounted for 15 of the Tanagers' 20 rebounds, a figure that was only one less than the Orioles' rebound total. Vermillion's home game against South Sioux City was weathered out last Friday and rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 22. The Tanagers will next see action at the Crofton tournament Dec. 29-30. Four of the team's first five January games will be at home, starting with West Central and Parkston on the weekend of Jan. 8-9, but the Tanagers will pay the price by going on the road for five straight out-of-town contests from Jan. 24 through Feb. 6. Vermillion ….. 7 21 33 43 Lennox …….. 12 30 46 64 Vermillion: Aaron Steele 0 0-0 0, Jason Rasmussen 0 2-2 2, Cole Andre 1 0-0 2, Jordan Robinson 0 0-0 0, Tyler Johnson 0 1-2 1, Kylen Freidel 8 0-0 18, Sam Ekstrom 0 0-0 0, Blaine Olson 4 2-5 10, Kyle Nemec 5 0-2 10. Totals 18 5-11 43. Lennox: Totals 24 10-12 64.