Vermillion remained unbeaten in boys basketball last Thursday with a 66-53 victory at Madison, the Tanagers' third victory of the young season.
season-opening contests have been Big 8 Conference games, so Vermillion has a 3-0 record in league play with five conference games remaining later in the season.
Each team scored 21 field goals in the Madison game, but the Tanagers' talent for reaching the free-throw stripe and doing well once they are there again proved valuable. Though only five more fouls were called on the Bulldogs than on Vermillion—22 to 17—nevertheless the Tanagers shot 30 free throws, sinking 23 of them, compared to Madison's seven successful free tosses out of 17 tries.
A balanced scoring attack was another Vermillion asset in picking up Win No. 3. Austin Krier and J.T. Sorensen came home with 12 points each, and Caleb Miller contributed 11. Three players – Nick Jensen, Tanner Settles and Anthony Leber – added seven each to the Tanager total. Tanner Anderson had six and Nile Morecraft four.
After leading by 11-6 at the quarter break and 27-21 at halftime, the Tanagers saw Madison tie the game at 34-34 with 3:14 left in the third period. But Vermillion's immediate response was a 12-3 run for the rest of that period, securing a 46-36 lead. Madison was unable to close the gap significantly the rest of the way.
On the boards Vermillion had a 33-21 advantage. Jensen and Sorensen with seven boards each led that effort, but Morecraft, Settles, Anderson and Leber had four each, Miller two and Krier one.
From his guard spot Anderson assisted on four field goals. Krier had three assists, Settles and Miller two each and Leber one.
The Tanagers will next be in action at home in a girls-boys doubleheader against Tea Area's Titans next Friday, Dec. 30.