Loss to Huskies ends Lady Tanagers’ season

Loss to Huskies ends Lady Tanagers' season Closing out their season, the Vermillion High varsity Lady Tanagers were defeated by the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies 53-43 in girls basketball Nov. 4 at North Sioux City in the second round of the District 8A Tournament.

The Lady Tanagers fell behind 14-3 after the opening period, trailed 28-17 after the second period, and then trailed 36-26 after the third quarter.

�We really needed someone to step up offensively to give an answer for Elk Point�s Emily Kyte, but it just didn�t happen!� said Coach Lance Luitjens. Kyte had all but four baskets for EP-J.

�The key for the EP-J game was them getting off to a 12-1 start. After we ?spotted� them 11 points, we played even with them for the rest of the game. I think we were just a little nervous at first, and couldn�t convert at the offensive end, which EP-J took advantage of,� Coach Luitjens said.

VHS saw its record fall to 12-7, while Elk Point-Jefferson varsity upped its mark to 19-1.

�We cut the lead to 3 in the fourth quarter but couldn�t get over the hump and free throws kept them in the lead at the final horn. I truly expect EP-J to do well in the rest of the region/state tourneys,� Coach Luitjens said.

VHS hit 0 of 7 three-point attempts and made 21 of 33 from the line. The Lady Tanagers hit 11 of 44 field goals, while the Elk Point-Jefferson varsity was 15 of 39 from the field. The Elk Point-Jefferson varsity hit 3 of 7 three-point tries and hit 19 of 29 from the line.

�I�m proud of how the girls stuck together and battled this season. A 12-8 record (with our schedule) is nothing to hang your head about,� Coach Luitjens said. �We are losing two super leaders in Melissa Rydell and Nancy Heine, but we also have nine other letter winners returning for next year.�

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Meggie Donnelly, 11, Jaclyn Powell, 7, Carey Engstrom, 7, Ashley Bjorkman, 5, Tessa Tuetken, 5, Leslie Larson, 3, Nikki Mollet, 3. Rebounds � Larson, 4, Powell, 3. Assists � Donnelly, 3, Powell, 3. Steals � Donnelly, 2, Tuetken, 2.

Individual Stats, Elk Point-Jefferson varsity: Scoring � Emily Kyte, 33, Stephanie Limoges, 7, Abby Lee, 6. Rebounds � Limoges, 6.

Team rebounds: VHS � 31, Elk Point-Jefferson varsity � 35. Team fouls: VHS � 28, Elk Point-Jefferson varsity � 25.

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