Twelve players scored for Harrisburg as the visiting Tigers spoiled the season opener for Vermillion's girls, 74-24, last Friday.
A 20-point second quarter sent the Tigers into the halftime break with an insurmountable 38-13 lead. The final margin was swelled when the Tanagers suffered through a two-point fourth quarter.
"Our girls kept their heads up and played tough," said Coach Nick Mayer, who faces a rebuilding job after last year's state tournament ballclub saw several seniors graduating. "They (Harrisburg) pressured us, and we couldn't do a lot of things that we wanted to do."
Josie Huber earned her stripes with a 15-point game to lead Vermillion offensively, followed by Brooke Schwasinger with five points. Mackenzie Huber had three steals, and Blair Gilkyson contributed four steals and four assists.
Dannie Honner led the Tigers with 11 points, and Brittany Blakney added 10.
Now 0-1 in Big 8 Conference standings, Vermillion will be home for another league game against Madison on Monday, then plays at Tri-Valley in a girls-boys doubleheader Tuesday to conclude the pre-Christmas schedule.