Vermillion built a first-quarter advantage and maintained it throughout the contest in whipping Canton, 59-43, to end the regular season on an upswing at Canton last Friday.
The Tanagers, in completing the year at 6-14 pending tournament play, held on to five-point leads after the second and third periods, 28-23 and 40-35, respectively. They were able to expand it to a comfortable level in the final stanza, going on a 19-point scoring binge themselves while containing the C-Hawks to only five points in the period until a meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer.
Fifty-three of the 59 VHS points came from three men. The tandem of Kylen Freidel and Cole Andre both had 21-point performances. Freidel added 14 defensive rebounds to his statistics for the night. Andre threw in three three-pointers, made all six of his free-throw attempts and added four boards and three assists to his all-around game. Jason Rasmussen contributed 12 points, including a pair of treys, along with two assists and eight rebounds.
Aaron Steele with three and Tyler Husby with two had the other Tanager points. Husby also had five rebounds and four assists while Austin Krier snared three rebounds. Coach Jay Drake was able to get all 12 men on his roster into the game.
Vermillion had 36 rebounds, 30 of them on the defensive boards, while Canton had 34 rebounds. The Tanagers shot 42 percent (20 of 48).
Jared Twedt led the C-Hawk offense with 14 points.
The Tanagers were to open District 8A play as the No. 4 seed at top-seed Elk Point-Jefferson Thursday night while Beresford was playing at Dakota Valley in the other semifinal. Those two winners will play Saturday for the district title at the home court of the higher seed, and the champion has a regional championship date Tuesday against the District 7A champ at Tea or Harrisburg.