The girls' Vermillion basketball team traveled to the Mitchell Corn Palace Saturday, Jan. 4, to face off against Red Cloud. The Tanagers lost 43-57.

“I think the team has been playing hard and playing together,” said junior Lexi Plitzuweit. “We are competing in every game and have been learning about ourselves after every game.”

The opponents were hot from the start as the Tanagers ended the first quarter down 9-18.

Vermillion ended the second quarter down 11, entering halftime 27-38.

Red Cloud continued to outscore the Tanagers. Vermillion ended the third quarter behind 34-53.

In the final quarter, the Tanagers outscored their opponents by five but lost the game 43-57.

“I think we just have to stay together and realize that we have a lot of good players on our team,” said Plitzuweit. “We can compete in any game if we play together.”

Plitzuweit led the Tanagers with 14 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Senior Lexi Saunders recorded 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals, and one block.

Senior Cami Regnerus tallied eight points, four rebounds, and one block. Sophomore Kensie Mulheron had six points, four rebounds, and two steals. Junior Shandie Ludwig tallied four points and two steals.

For Red Cloud, junior Sharissa Haas recorded 15 points. Junior Stevi Fallis had 12 points, and sophomore Angelina LeBeau tallied 11.

Vermillion will travel to Parkston for a doubleheader this Friday. The girls will play at 6:30 p.m. and the boys at 8.

The girls’ next game will be Tuesday at home against Madison. Varsity will play at 7:45 p.m.

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