Vermillion's boys basketball team, home for three of the season's first five games, began a four-game stretch on the road last night at West Central, hoping to stay perfect in the Big 8 Conference.
Tonight the Tanagers play at Parkston as part of a girls-boys doubleheader. Next week Vermillion goes to Bon Homme Tuesday and to Lennox Friday. Their next home game is against Elk Point-Jefferson on Jan. 17.
Last Friday the Tanagers were down by only a point, 23-22, at halftime, but a strong third quarter by Tea Area lifted the Titans into command of the game, and they were able to keep that lead the rest of the way toward a 52-43 win.
It was Vermillion's second straight loss after starting the campaign with three victories.
Eighteen turnovers crippled the Tanagers' chances at beating Tea Area, and so did a less-than-stellar night at the free-throw line where VHS sank only nine of 20 attempts.
Austin Krier went 7-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-7 from long-range, and 2-of-3 at the stripe for a team-high 19 points. Anthony Leber contributed 11 points, but then the scoring dropped off to five by Caleb Miller.
Vermillion had a rebounding edge of 24-21, led by J.T. Sorensen's strong 10-board game, eight of them coming at the defensive end. Miller was next-high with six rebounds.
A 17-10 advantage in the third quarter gave Tea Area a 40-32 lead after three stanzas, and that margin held up for an eventual nine-point triumph.