JV girls basketball update

JV girls basketball update by David Lias Vermillion 53 – Alcester-Hudson 13

The Vermillion High School Junior Varsity basketball team defeated the Alcester-Hudson Cubs 53-13 in play Sept. 22 hosted by the Cubs.

Vermillion dominated the entire game, leading by a score of 16-4 at the end of first quarter, and stretching that lead to 24-7 by halftime. Vermillion's lead kept growing; by the end of the third quarter, the score was 44-11.

"We had another good defensive effort. We tried some new full court presses that were very effective and also played some zone defense that worked very well," Coach Kelly Fischbach said. "We set some team defensive goals and met them. That aggressive style of defense also helps to get the offense moving."

Leading Vermillion's efforts were Kathy Plate with 16 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals; Melissa Rydell with 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals; Sarah Mollet with 6 points and 4 rebounds; Leslie Larson with 5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals; Jaclyn Powell with 4 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists; Ashley Thompson with 4 points; Nancy Heine with 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal; Elly Kjose with 2 points, 5 assists and 2 steals; Alison Obr with 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal; and Carey Engstrom with 2 points and 1 steal.

The victory boosted Vermillion JV's season record to 5-2.

Vermillion 36

Madison 29

The Vermillion High School Junior Varsity basketball team upped its season record to 6-2 with a 36-29 victory over Madison on Sept. 29.

Vermillion hosted the game, which turned out to be a hard-fought battle for the Tanagers. Vermillion had an 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the team couldn't increase the margin of its lead. The halftime score was 17-12. Madison was able to whittle away slightly at that lead in third quarter, which ended with a 24-21 score.

"We played a great first quarter," Coach Kelly Fischbach said. "Our defense was outstanding — the intensity was there right from the opening tip. We finished strong with a good fourth quarter as well. This was a good, hard fought win over a good team."

Sarah Mollet had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals for the Tanagers, followed by Kathy Plate with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists.

Other top players included Leslie Larson with 5 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 1 blocked shot; Nancy Heine with 4 points and 3 steals; Melissa Rydell with 4 points and 5 rebounds; Jaclyn Powell with 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 2 steals; Meggie Donnelly with 1 assist and 2 steals; Kayla Larson with 1 assist and 2 steals; and Alison Obr with 2 rebounds and 2 steals.

Vermillion 51

S.F. Washington 40

The Sioux Falls Washington Warrior Junior Varsity basketball team's home court advantage didn't allow them to overcome an intense Vermillion Tanager squad Oct. 1.

The VHS junior varsity team defeated the Warriors 51-40, and increased their season record to 7-2.

"We showed up ready to play tonight," Coach Kelly Fischbach said after the game. "We played intense right from the start. We got great efforts from a lot of different players.

"Since we had ninth-grade, junior varsity and varsity games, and Kathy Plate was gone to a cross country meet, it took everyone to get the job done," she added. "Our JV team is really playing well right now. I'm proud of what they're doing."

Individual results for the Tanagers include: Nancy Heine with 10 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist; Elly Kjose, 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals; Leslie Larson, 9 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal; Sarah Mollet, 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 assist; Jaclyn Powell, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals; Alison Obr, 4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals; Melissa Rydell, 2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 blocked shot; Meggie Donnelly, 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 3 steals; and Kayla Larson, 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 3 steals.

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