Lady Tanagers easily defeat Alcester-Hudson

Lady Tanagers easily defeat Alcester-Hudson The Vermillion High varsity Lady Tanagers demolished the Alcester-Hudson Cubs 74-33 in girls basketball Sept. 21 at Vermillion as the winners took control early.

The Cubs are a district opponent. VHS improved its record to 5-3, while Alcester-Hudson varsity dropped to 2-6.

Freshmen Tessa Tuetken and Nikki Mollet scored 13 points and 9 points respectively. Mollet also had nine rebounds. Sophomore Carey Engstrom scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

�Tessa Tuetken played a solid game hitting 5 of 6 field goals with 13 points,� said VHS Coach Lance Luitjens. �Nikki Mollet missed a double-double by one rebound and one point.�

The Lady Tanagers jumped ahead 19-7 at the end of the first period, went into the locker room up 38-13 at halftime, and then led 53-19 after the third period.

�We came out ready to play and did not let up,� said Coach Luitjens. �We executed well on offense and put a tough pressure defense on them.�

VHS sank 3 of 7 three-point tries and made 9 of 15 from the line. The Lady Tanagers sank 30 of 60 from the field, while the Alcester-Hudson varsity was 13 of 29 from the field. Alcester-Hudson hit 0 of 5 three-pointers and made 7 of 22 free throw attempts.

VHS held a 37-18 edge on the boards.

The Lady Tanagers had several fine individual efforts in the victory.

�Melissa Rydell showed great senior leadership scoring 10 points with three steals and three assists,� Coach Luitjens said. �Carey Engstrom played her best game of the year pulling down eight boards coupled with 10 points and three steals.�

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Tessa Tuetken, 13, Carey Engstrom, 10, Melissa Rydell, 10, Nikki Mollet, 9. Rebounds � Nikki Mollet, 9, Carey Engstrom, 8. Assists � Jaclyn Powell, 3, Nancy Heine, 3. Steals � Melissa Rydell, 3, Carey Engstrom, 8.

Individual Stats, Alcester-Hudson: Scoring � Melissa Hofer, 10, Rebecca Schreur, 7. Rebounds � Hofer, 7.

Team fouls: VHS � 23, Alcester-Hudson varsity � 14.

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