By Parker Knox
Vermillion’s boys basketballers hit the road for the last time in the regular season tonight, heading to Harrisburg with their hopes for a share of the Big 8 Conference championship still alive despite a 67-46 loss to league-leading Madison last Friday.
The Tanagers, who began this week with a 10-5 record, would have to beat Harrisburg – a team they defeated in the season opener Dec. 7 – and then turn the tables on Madison in Vermillion next Thursday in order to tie the Bulldogs for the conference crown. In between these two Big 8 games, the Tanagers will also be home Tuesday against Wagner as part of a girls-boys doubleheader.
At Madison Coach Jay Drake’s charges trailed the Bulldogs by 20-12 after a quarter but were still within 28-24 at halftime. However, a forgettable third quarter allowed Madison to run away and hide. The Bulldogs scored 28 points to the Tanagers’ six in that period to end all doubt as to the final outcome.
Madison shot 47 percent from the field, including nine three-point baskets, while the Tanagers connected on only two of 14 from long distance. From the field in all Vermillion shot 30 percent, making 15 of 50.
Austin Krier with 13 points and Nick Jensen with 11 led Tanager scoring. Tanner Anderson added eight points, Jayce Huska seven, J.T. Sorensen five and Tanner Settles two.
Of the Tanagers’ 26 rebounds, Sorensen accounted for seven while Settles, Jensen and Krier had four each. Settles had a team-high three assists and two steals as well.