Vermillion boys hit the road for Madison this past Monday for their second game of three-in-a-row with LeMars last Friday, Madison on Monday, then Wagner on Tuesday. The Tanagers lost a close one 55-61 to the Madison Bulldogs.
The Tanagers started off well with a small lead, but Madison pulled ahead to end the first quarter with Vermillion down 11-15. The game remained a barnburner as the Tanagers outscored their opponents by two in the second quarter to enter the half 27-29.
Madison tried pulling away as they took their largest lead by 11 halfway through the third. The Tanagers clamped down on the competition to bring the game within three with one quarter left in the game. The game was anyone’s throughout the fourth until the end when the final shots were not falling for Vermillion to gain a lead. The Tanagers lost 55-61 to Madison.
"We have showed steady improvement as the season has gone on, but we are still looking and need to improve on consistency on both ends of the floor as we round out the last couple of weeks of the regular season,” said head coach Jay Drake. “Defensive and rebounding consistency will help us in trying to take the next step as a basketball team."
Junior Max Mayer had the game-high 20 points along with six rebounds. Junior Sam Ward had 11 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Sophomore Dillon Gestring had nine points and nine rebounds, just one away in each from a double-double. After this game, the Tanagers become 9-8.
Madison had four players scoring double digits. Junior Tyler Tappe had 13, senior Doyle Brown had 12, senior Nic Comes had 11, and junior Cody Brown had 11 with 11 rebounds. The Madison Bulldogs improve to 11-6 for the season.
The boys’ next game will be the rescheduled doubleheader at Beresford next Tuesday. The girls will play at 6:30 p.m. and the boys will play at 8. Then, both Tanager teams will have their final games of the regular season next Thursday at home against Canton at the same game times.