By Parker Knox
District tournament time has arrived, and Vermillion’s defending district and regional champions will join Elk Point-Jefferson and Dakota Valley in heading to Beresford for the District 8A semifinals Tuesday.
The host Watchdogs sewed up the top seed, but as this final week of the regular season began, the Tanagers, EP-J and Dakota Valley were still clamoring with each other for the other three seeds. No. 2 will face No. 3 in Tuesday’s district opener with Beresford getting the No. 4 seed. The district title will be decided next Thursday at the home court of the higher remaining seed.
The Tanagers won once in three games last week, taking care of business against Dakota Valley, 50-45, after trailing 10-5 after one period. A 14-4 advantage in the third period made the difference as VHS took control of the game. The lead reached as many as 15 points early in the final quarter.
Josie Huber had 22 points that included four three-point bombs. Brooke Schwasinger had three treys among her 14 points. Mackenzie Huber scored eight points, Blair Gilkyson four and Courtney Johnson two.
At West Central on Thursday the Tanagers trailed early 16-8, tied the game at halftime after a 9-1 second period advantage, and led 30-27 after three. Josie Huber’s three-pointer put VHS up by 37-36, but from there West Central scored the game’s final seven points to secure the win.
Josie Huber scored 20, Shantel French six, Gilkyson six, Mackenzie Huber four and Schwasinger one. West Central sank 12 of 27 free throws compared to Vermillion’s five of 10.
Friday’s game against unbeaten top-ranked Harrisburg was no contest after the Tigers led 20-0 at the start. It was 30-2 at halftime and 56-12 after three periods, and Harrisburg won going away, 65-31, shooting 50 percent from the field.
Josie Huber led VHS with 13 points, Mackenzie Huber had six, Gilkyson five, Schwasinger two, Allison Heine two, Jenna Girard two and French one.