A 20-12 advantage in the third quarter was enough to lift Sergeant Bluff-Luton over a determined Vermillion girls basketball team and go on to a 49-43 victory Saturday in the Dakota Valley Classic at North Sioux City.
It was the sixth straight win for the Warriors, who improved to 12-2 for the year, while the Tanagers fell to 1-9.
Vermillion rallied from an 11-6 first-quarter disadvantage to within 18-17 at halftime before SB-L came up with its 20-point third period.
Both teams got off 52 shots from the field with Sergeant Bluff-Luton making only one more than the Tanagers did. There was only one difference in total fouls, too, but the game turned on the number of free throws taken – the Warriors sank 12 of 24 while the Tanagers shot only nine, sinking five.
Sierra Allen and Hannah Nehlich-Arobba scored eight points each and Claire Jones seven off the bench to lead Vermillion scoring. Lexi Regnerus contributed five points, Beth Szymonski four and Sophie Nehlich-Arobba three.
On Tuesday night at Lennox, in a game delayed by weather from last Friday, the Tanagers were still within reach at halftime, but the Orioles went from a 21-16 lead at that point to a 44-30 victory.
Sophie Nehlich-Arobba with eight was Vermillion's high scorer while Chelsea Sweeter's 12 and Brianna McEntee's 11 topped Lennox. The winners improved to 3-2 in the Big Eight while the Tanagers stand at 0-5.
The Tanagers conclude a stretch of four straight road games at Canton Friday night, then get three straight home contests, beginning with Beresford in a girls-boys doubleheader next Tuesday and Dell Rapids in a girls-only night of basketball next Thursday.