Tanager JV rallies to defeat Yankton 51-38

Tanager JV rallies to defeat Yankton 51-38 by David Lias The VHS JV Basketball Tanager rallied in the second half and then pulled away to top the Yankton Gazelles 51-38 in girls basketball Oct. 20 at Vermillion in a win capped by a 22-7 fourth-quarter surge.

Vermillion JV had trailed by two after the third quarter.

"The girls played a great defensive game," said Vermillion JV Coach Kelly Fischbach. "We are playing together so well right now, it's really fun. We had a fantastic fourth quarter as we pulled away for the win."

The Tanager JV fell behind 12-8 at the end of the first period, trailed 22-19 at halftime, and then trailed 31-29 going into the final period.

Vermillion JV improved its season mark to 12-2.

Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win.

"The girls did all the things we needed to do down the stretch — even made free throws," Coach Fischbach said. "It was great for our program to be able to sweep Yankton."

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring — Alison Obr, 12, Leslie Larson, 10, Kathy Plate, 8, Melissa Rydell, 6, Meggie Donnelly, 6, Sarah Mollet, 4, Elly Kjose, 3, Nancy Heine, 2.

Rebounds — Alison Obr, 1, Leslie Larson, 7, Kathy Plate, 2, Melissa Rydell, 5, Meggie Donnelly, 4, Sarah Mollet, 2, Elly Kjose, 1, Nancy Heine, 1.

Assists — Leslie Larson, 2, Melissa Rydell, 3, Meggie Donnelly, 1, Sarah Mollet, 1, Elly Kjose, 4, Nancy Heine, 5.

Steals — Alison Obr, 1, Leslie Larson, 3, Kathy Plate, 2, Melissa Rydell, 1, Meggie Donnelly, 3, Nancy Heine, 1.

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