Vermillion's boys basketball team will play its final home game of the season tonight (Friday) as Harrisburg, a team the Tanagers defeated in the season's opening game on Dec. 8, comes to the VHS gym.
VHS will then have two regular-season contests remaining – at Wagner next Tuesday, then after a 10-day layoff the finale at Canton Feb. 24.
The Tanagers, who dropped to 7-8 for the year, got themselves into an early hole out of which they couldn't climb last Friday against Madison at the VHS gym, losing to the 12-3 Bulldogs, 47-32.
Vermillion was down 13-4 after a quarter and 17-11 at halftime. Nick Jensen had scored seven of the team's 11 points up to that point.
The Tanagers played an even third quarter but gained no ground on the Bulldogs, then were outscored in the final stanza by an 18-10 margin. Vermillion shot 35 percent from the field, making 13 of 37, but were only 2-of-11 from three-point range and 4-of-14 from the free-throw stripe. Nineteen turnovers compared to Madison's seven didn't help the cause.
Jensen and Tanner Anderson were Vermillion's high scorers with nine points apiece. Nile Morecraft and J.T. Sorensen had six each and Austin Krier two. Among the Tanagers' 27 rebounds were nine by Jensen. Anderson led in assists with three.
Tyler Wiebe led Madison's scoring column with 12 points along with nine rebounds.