After a stretch of games on the road against some of this region's strongest opponents, including one at Madison tonight (Friday), Vermillion's boys basketball team will finally be back on their home court Tuesday.
While the court will be friendlier than in the past two weeks, the opponent won't be much easier as a strong Dakota Valley squad, which recently defeated Class "A" No. 1-rated Pine Ridge, comes to town as part of a girls-boys doubleheader.
Counting tonight's game at Madison, the Tanagers have only seven regular-season contests left.
Last Thursday at Dell Rapids, Cole Langer, who has a handful for the Vermillion football team last fall proved to be just as much a thorn in the side of the basketball team. The Quarrier star scored 27 points and had five assists in a 63-42 Dells victory over the Tanagers.
Bryce Koch added 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots as Dell Rapids led 15-9 at the quarter, 32-18 at halftime and 45-27 after three periods to improve to a 10-2 record.
"We didn't have any answer for Langer," said Coach Jay Drake. "Dell Rapids had some kind of answer for any little run we tried to make."
Drake said his ballclub did do a much better job of moving the ball but didn't shoot very well. The Tanagers were 15-of-48 from the field while Dells shot 24-of-48.
Both teams had the same number of rebounds � four offensively and 19 defensively. J.T. Sorensen led Vermillion with five boards while Tanner Settles and Tanner Anderson had four apiece.
Anderson and Austin Krier led VHS scoring with eight points apiece. It was the first time all season that the Tanagers had no one in double figures. Settles and Nile Morecraft scored six apiece, Tyler Husby five, Sorensen four, Jayce Huska three and Anthony Leber two. Settles and Tanner Drappeau had two assists each.