One comparison stood out as Vermillion defeated Dakota Valley 79-68 Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Vermillion. The Tanagers made 10 three-pointers while DV made 3 out 20 attempts. The Panthers shot 15 percent from beyond the arc, 65.7 percent from the 2-point range and 92.9 percent from the line.
Dakota Valley started strong and held a first quarter lead of 18-14. The second quarter belonged to the hosts as they outscored the Panthers 20 to 8. The teams played even in the second half and DV couldn’t come back against the senior-led Tanagers.
Even with the tight defense on Paul Bruns, he added another double-double to his season when he scored 18 points and pulled down 14 boards. However, Isaac Bruns led the team with 30 points.
Montagne continues to work on breaking the school record of career assists (319 held by Brody Van Ginkel in 2014). As of Feb. 9, he was 7 assists away from tieing the record, 8 away from breaking it.
As a team the Panthers had 27 rebounds, 13 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks compared to 10 turnovers.
“We got off to a great start, but picked up some charge and key other fouls, and Vermillion wore us down with their great defense,” head coach Jason Kleis said. “We had too many lapses on defense and box outs, which really cost us as well. Vermillion is a great team; we had good moments in this game but have to continue to get tougher and better.