Vermillion exploded for 26 points in the fourth quarter, and the result was a 61-41 boys' basketball win at Parkston Saturday as the Tanagers improved to 4-2 for the season.
The winless Trojans are going through what Vermillion endured last year – the first season after an all-senior team graduated. But they were competitive, trailing the Tanagers by only 24-21 at halftime and by 35-29 after three periods.
But Jay Drake's Tanagers scrapped at both ends of the court, and an overall excellent game team-wide proved to be the difference. Vermillion shot 42 percent from the field, outrebounded Parkston 37-27, forced 14 turnovers and created 11 steals.
Kylen Freidel had another do-everything game, scoring 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting from two-point range and 2-of-4 from long distance, but he also led in rebounding with 13 boards and had two assists and three steals.
Tyler Husby, the only non-senior starter for VHS, had his best offensive night of the year, hitting on 6-of-7 field goals and 4-of-6 free throws for 16 points along with four rebounds and three steals.
Aaron Steele contributed nine points, three assists and two steals; Jason Rasmussen six points, eight rebounds and two swipes, and Cole Andre four points, eight boards and two steals. Austin Krier and Jaron Sorensen had two points apiece.
The Tanagers, who literally stole a game from Lennox at home a month ago, 51-48, will try to duplicate that feat at Lennox Friday. Vermillion's game at West Central, which was postponed last Thursday, was, at the time this story was written, being rescheduled for this Saturday at Hartford.
After six straight road games, the Tanager boys will be home Tuesday for a boys-girls doubleheader with Elk Point-Jefferson and back on the road next Thursday at Sioux Falls Christian.