The Vermillion Tanager girls’ and boys’ basketball teams played Lennox at home last Thursday, Jan. 10. The gym had a great crowd and atmosphere, but both teams fell short in hard-fought games.
The Lady Tanagers battled the entire game but fell short in a 55-63 loss.
Vermillion started with the lead and kept hold of it until midway through the second quarter, ending the half down two, 36-38.
Lennox found their rhythm and outscored the Tanagers 7-13 in the third quarter. Lennox remained hot as the Tanagers hit a cold spell, but Vermillion kept it within reach, down 43-51 going into the fourth.
The Tanagers were within six points with 50 seconds left in the game, but it wasn’t enough to capture their eighth straight win of the season, losing 55-63. Lennox is seated first in Region 4A at 9-1, and Vermillion is second at 7-1.
“Our girls really competed hard for four quarters,” said head coach Jon Brooks. “Now we know the intensity we need to play at every game, and if we can play with that intensity and that enthusiasm… consistently, we could be a really good basketball team.”
Sophomore Lexi Plitzuweit remains the top player on the court with the game-high 24 points and 3 steals with 30:41 minutes on the court. Senior Kasey Herbster had 10 points, and senior Rachel Brady was three points short of a double-double with 7 points and 11 rebounds.
Lennox junior Madysen Vlaustin had 19 points, 6-6 from the line, and played 30:55 minutes of the game. Junior Rianna Fillipi had 14 points and 7 assists.
Vermillion Boys Action
The Vermillion boys’ fell to Lennox in a 47-68 loss despite battling the whole 32 minutes.
The Tanagers fell behind early as Lennox had a 12-4 run in the first few minutes of the game. Yet, the Tanagers kept Lennox within 10 points throughout the second quarter, ending half down 23-33.
The Tanagers remained within reach of Lennox throughout the third quarter as the they entered the fourth down 38-48. Lennox began pulling away with an early 9-2 run, outscoring the Tanagers in the fourth 22-9. Vermillion is now 4-3 after the loss to Lennox, 47-68.
“We have to be more disciplined,” said boys’ head coach Jay Drake about what to take away from this game. From not having patience on offense to being antsy and reaching in on defense, there is room for improvement looking ahead to Tuesday.
“Those are all easy things we can correct,” Drake adds.
Sophomore Jakob Dobney led the Tanagers in scoring with 9 points. Junior Sam Ward had 8 points and 2 assists. Sophomore Noah Gilbertson was a bucket short of a double-double, scoring 8 points, 4-5 from the field, and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Lennox had three players scoring double-digits. Junior Josh Arlt had the game-high 23 points.
Vermillion girls’ and boys’ teams played at Elk Point-Jefferson this past Tuesday in another doubleheader. The boys will play again Thursday at Sioux Falls Christian with varsity at 7:30 p.m. They will have a quick turnaround as both girls and boys go to Garretson Friday in a doubleheader. Girls varsity will play at 6:30 p.m. with the boys following at 8 p.m.