The Vermillion girls’ basketball team hosted class-B Viborg-Hurley. They captured a solid 55-38 victory.

The Tanagers captured the lead early on and never looked back. Viborg-Hurley kept Vermillion from taking off in the first quarter as it ended 16-11, but Vermillion worked their way to securing a large lead after clamping down on the opponent’s offense, holding them to six points in the second quarter. The Tanagers entered the half ahead 35-17.

The Tanagers maintained their lead throughout the third quarter as they had a 20-point lead going into the fourth. The margin did not waver in the fourth as Viborg-Hurley responded to Vermillion’s baskets with their own on their end of the court. The Tanagers secured the win 55-38.

“We played great defense, and we hustled a lot,” said sophomore Shandie Ludwig. “We created a lot of space for open shots.” Ludwig had six points, three assists, and three steals on the night.

Sophomore Lexi Plitzuweit had the game-high 18 points, 4-for-8 from downtown, plus six steals and three assists. Senior Kasey Herbster had 18 points, six rebounds, two steals, and two assists. The Tanagers are now 15-4 and ranked second in the region.

For Viborg-Hurley, sophomore NeVaeh Ronke had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Tori Hansen had 10 points and three blocks. The Cougars finish their regular season 12-8.

“We play really well as a team,” said Ludwig. “We work together, and we get hype when we take charges.” Juniors Morgan Kerkman and Lexi Saunders each took a charge in back-to-back plays on the defensive end in the second half.

Ludwig is also looking forward to win-out the remainder of the regular season and play well in the region playoffs to make it to state.

The girls’ last game of the regular season is this Thursday in a home doubleheader. The girls will play at 6:30 p.m. and the boys will follow at 8 p.m. in their final game before region play.

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