Vermillion girls basketball played at Irene-Wakonda last Thursday. The Tanagers finished the regular season with a close win, 55-53.

“It has been fun seeing this group grow over the season,” said Vermillion head coach Jon Brooks. “We have a good mixture of veterans and young players and watching them all succeed at times throughout the season has been great. We feel our team chemistry is as good now as it has been all season and ready to take on the challenges we will see in the postseason.”

The Tanagers took a quick 17-7 lead by the end of the first quarter. Irene-Wakonda narrowed the deficit to four as Vermillion entered the half ahead 26-22.

The competition outscored the Tanagers by two in the third to narrow Vermillion’s lead to two. The Tanagers remained ahead 38-36 with one quarter remaining.

In the fourth, both teams scored 17 for Vermillion to capture the win by two. The Tanagers ended their regular season with a win to improve their record to 12-8.

Vermillion had four girls scored double-digits.

Eighth-grader Kasey Hanson recorded 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. Senior Shandie Ludwig had 13 points, one rebound, four assists and one steal.

Eighth-grader Brooke Jensen had 12 points, three rebounds and two assists. Senior Lexi Plitzuweit tallied 10 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block on the night.

“I think just looking back at all the tough teams we have played throughout the year and playing some of the top teams in the state to very close games has given us confidence,” said coach Brooks.

The girls began Region 4A play this past Tuesday. Vermillion hosted Elk Point-Jefferson and fell 42-46. A game recap will be available in next week’s paper.


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