Freshmen Tanagers beat Dakota Valley

Freshmen Tanagers beat Dakota Valley by David Lias The VHS freshmen Tanagers rallied in the second half and then pulled away to beat Dakota Valley 34-24 in girls basketball Oct. 24 at Vermillion.

Vermillion had trailed by three at halftime.

Vermillion's Alison Obr dropped in 10 points and grabbed 11 boards, while Meggie Donnelly added 9 points and 5 assists. Carey Engstrom also contributed 8 points and 8 rebounds.

"The way these girls distributed the ball and controlled the boards gave us the opportunity for the win," said Vermillion Coach Troy Terronez.

Dakota Valley freshmen jumped in front 4-3 after the first quarter, and held an edge of 13-11 in the second quarter. Vermillion had an advantage of 14-4 in the third period to take a lead of 28-21 going into the final period.

"Our defense in the first, third, and fourth quarters was outstanding," said Coach Terronez. "When a team holds another to 12 points in three quarters, that team is destined to win."

Vermillion improved its season mark to 10-4.

The Tanagers had several fine individual efforts in the victory.

"Ashley Bjorkman came into the game and opened things up inside by hitting a few shots," Coach Terronez said. "It's nice to see different players stepping up the level of play when necessary. Meryll Kennedy added three points."

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