Eighth-grade girls victorious Sept. 9 The Vermillion eight-grade girls' basketball teams opened their seasons last Thursday with wins against Dakota Valley. The B team posted a 10-6 victory led by Colette Joy and Brooke Johnson who each scored four points. Michelle Buckenaga added two points to capture the victory. Sarah Gregg, Whitney Lawrence, Brittany Orr, Cori Bazemore, Christine Berry and Hilary Babcock rounded out the B team.
In the A game, Vermillion jumped out to an early lead playing tough defense and executing on offense to hold off a good Dakota Valley team and claim a 28-27 victory. Kristen Kitto and Kayla Mollet led the team in the scoring column with eight points each. Sarah Merrigan powered in six points down low. Winonah Wilch and Delayna Gale each netted two points and Sonja Merrigan and Tera Dehner each contributed a free throw. Leading the charge was Brittany Gilkyson at the point, dishing out five assists and stealing the ball six times. Mollet and Merrigan held their own on the boards, each collecting five respectively. Kathleen Redlin, Nicki Nelson and Ashley Hofer contributed to the A squad as well.
The teams' next action will be on Sept. 18 at the Beresford Tournament.