JV Tanagers beat S.F. Patriots 51-47

JV Tanagers beat S.F. Patriots 51-47 by Jim Prosser The Vermillion JV Lady Tanagers downed the Sioux Falls Lincoln Patriots 51-47 in girls basketball Sept.11 at Sioux Falls in a matchup that was close throughout.

Ashley Bjorkman scored 11 points, pulled in 6 rebounds, had 1 block and 1 steal. Nikki Mollet had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Carrie Engstrom had 5 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.

�This was a real team effort,� said VHS Coach Troy Terronez.

The Lady Tanagers jumped in front 11-9 after the opening period, led 25-21 at halftime, and then held a lead of 33-32 going into the fourth quarter.

Both sides were plagued by turnovers, with the Lady Tanagers turning it over 24 times, and the Patriots committing 27 turnovers.

�The girls responded to the pressure in a positive manner,� said Coach Terronez. �We found a way to win, playing a solid opponent right down to the wire.�

VHS improved its record to 4-1, while Lincoln JV dropped to 3-2.

VHS made 22 of 36 from the line while the Patriots sank 16 of 28 free throw tries.

The winners needed good efforts from several performers.

�Tessa Tuetken went 12 for 14 at the free throw line, with 10 in the fourth quarter,� Coach Terronez said.

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Tessa Tuetken, 14, Ashley Bjorkman, 11, Nikki Mollet, 8, Meggie Donnelly, 7. Rebounds � Carrie Engstrom, 8, Nikki Mollet, 7.

Team rebounds: VHS � 38, Lincoln JV � 35.

Team fouls: VHS � 27, Lincoln JV � 27.

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