Lady Tanagers trounce Wakonda

Lady Tanagers trounce Wakonda The Vermillion High varsity Lady Tanagers trounced the Wakonda Warriorettes 67-37 in girls basketball Oct. 28 at Wakonda.

Ashley Bjorkman scored 13 points, pulled down 3 rebounds, and made 3 assists and 2 steals.

�Ashley Bjorkman had another solid offensive game with 13 points off the bench,� said VHS Coach Lance Luitjens.

The Lady Tanagers led 10-9 after the first quarter, led 33-20 after the second quarter, and then held a lead of 49-28 going into the final period.

�We came out a little flat in the first half and finally turned up the intensity and pulled away late in the second quarter,� said Coach Luitjens.

VHS improved its season mark to 11-7, while Wakonda varsity fell to 10-9.

VHS sank 0 of 7 three-point tries and connected on 25 of 32 free throw tries. The Lady Tanagers sank 22 of 54 field goals, while Wakonda varsity was 15 of 45 from the field. Wakonda varsity made 0 of 5 three-pointers and connected on 7 of 9 from the line.

VHS held a 37-20 edge on the boards.

A number of excellent individual efforts highlighted the win.

�We dominated the boards led by Nicki Mollet with 8 and Leslie Larson with and Melissa Rydell each with 7,� Coach Luitjens said. �I was pleased with our balanced scoring attack.�

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 13, Leslie Larson, 9, Tessa Tuetken, 9, Jaclyn Powell, 9, Nikki Mollet, 7, Carey Engstrom, 6, Meggie Donnelly, 5, Nancy Heine, 4, Melissa Rydell, 4, Sara Mollet, 1. Rebounds � Nikki Mollet, 8, Larson, 7, Rydell, 7. Assists � Powell, 4. Steals � Larson, 3, N. Mollet, 3.

Individual Stats, Wakonda varsity: Scoring � Christine Donahue, 19, Kayla Nielsen, 8, Connie Orr, 3, Jamie Skonhovd, 3, Nikki Johnston, 2, Rachel Bentaas, 2. Rebounds � Donahue, 6. Assists � Orr, 3. Steals � Nielsen, 2.

Team fouls: VHS � 18, Wakonda varsity � 20.

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