Tanager girls and boys basketball played Dell Rapids in a home doubleheader last Thursday. The Vermillion girls won 56-33, and the boys tallied a close 68-66 victory.

In the girls’ game, Vermillion took a 9-point lead on offense and held Dell Rapids to five on defense. The Tanagers were ahead 14-5.

Vermillion outscored the competition by five in the second quarter to enter halftime up 26-13. In the third, Dell Rapids scored 14, but the Tanagers increased the lead by three.

Ahead 47-27, Vermillion continued building the opponent’s deficit to end the game with the 56-33 win.

“We were able to finish with a high note with a good conference win against Dells,” said Vermillion girls head coach Jon Brooks after three games in one week. “We saw some great competition all week and will use that heading forward.”

Senior Lexi Plitzuweit tallied the game-high 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Eighth-grader Kasey Hanson had 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals.

For Dell Rapids, junior Haileigh Barnhart tad 10 points, three rebounds and one steal on the night.

In the boys’ game, Vermillion captured their largest lead in the first quarter by nine and ended the first ahead 23-15.

Dell Rapids narrowed the deficit before halftime, but the Tanagers remained ahead 41-37.

The opponents took control in the third quarter, outscoring Vermillion by six. The Tanagers were behind 54-56 with one quarter remaining.

In the fourth, Dell Rapids recorded their largest lead by three with under six minutes remaining. Through the 10 lead changes and 10 tied scores, Vermillion finished on top to remain undefeated with the 68-66 win over Dell Rapids.

"This group of guys has had a very good chemistry both on and off the court,” said Vermillion boys head coach Jay Drake. “They have bought into everything we are asking them to do and are a group of kids that works hard and are very coachable. We have continued to improve and have become a mentally tough team that keeps battling and competing through any type of adversity that we may encounter."

Senior Jakob Dobney had 24 points, four rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals for Vermillion. Senior Dillon Gestring tallied 16 points and eight rebounds. Senior Connor Saunders had 13 points, five rebounds and one assist.

For Dell Rapids, senior Colin Rentz had 25 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Vermillion plays in a home doubleheader Tuesday against Dakota Valley. The girls’ varsity starts at 6:30 p.m. The boys’ game follows at 8.

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