By Parker Knox
The regular season for Vermilion’s girls basketball team has dwindled down to the final two games prior to tournament time.
The Tanagers will be at Harrisburg tonight (Friday) to wind up their Big 8 Conference schedule, then will be at home Tuesday against Wagner. District 8A semifinal play begins the following Tuesday, Feb. 19.
When this week began, Coach Nick Mayer’s girls stood at 9-7 and were still in a battle with Dakota Valley (9-7) and Elk Point-Jefferson (10-6) to determine who would be the No. 2 seed in the district. It likely doesn’t matter too much if a team finishes No. 2 or No. 3, but the team that is fourth seed has to start tourney play at Beresford against the top-seeded Watchdogs, who were 13-3 through last weekend.
So far as Big 8 play is concerned, Vermillion was 2-4 heading into last night’s game at West Central and tonight’s finale against Harrisburg. The powerful Harrisburg team has the league title sewn up with a 7-0 conference record.
Last week the Tanagers rebounded from their Tuesday loss at Beresford with a 48-37 victory over Sergeant Bluff-Luton at the VHS gym.
Vermillion took a 3-2 lead early and never trailed after that, holding a 14-9 advantage after one quarter. SB-L got to within two points once in the second period, but the Tanagers led at the half, 27-18, and maintained a lead of from five to 11 points through the second half, matching points with the visitors.
There’s no doubt where the Tanagers won the game. It was at the free-throw line where they sank 17 of 20 attempts, including five of five by Josie Huber and six of seven by Blair Gilkyson. Sergeant Bluff-Luton, on the other hand, made only seven of its 14 free-throws.
Josie Huber had 18 points in all, including three three-point field goals in addition to her five free throws and two two-pointers. Gilkyson and Brooke Schwasinger had 10 points each, Mackenzie Huber six, Courtney Johnson two and Allison Heine two.
The Tanagers shot 39 percent from the field.