Lady Tanagers' next stop is Watertown; Vermillion team earns its first-ever berth in the State A Girls' Basketball Tourney Allison Stewart, a sophomore forward on the Vermillion Lady Tanagers' basketball squad, snips part of the net after the team claimed the Region 4A girls' basketball championship Tuesday at the Cimpl Center on the Mount Marty College campus in Yankton. Read more about the game on page 8.
by Jim Prosser With four players in double figures, the Vermillion Tanagers crushed the Harrisburg Tigers 77-42 in girls� basketball Nov. 7 at Yankton in the championship game of the Region 4A Girls� Basketball Tournament.
The VHS varsity improved its season mark to 14-5, while Harrisburg fell to 8-14.
The Lady Tanagers will now make their way to Watertown to play in the in the State A Girls� Basketball Tournament. They are the first Vermillion girls� basketball team to compete at the state level.
The tournament is wide open, with two of the top seeds, Wagner and Wessington Springs, out of the running. Vermillion�s first tournament game is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16. The Tanagers� opponent has not yet been announced. Check the news briefs section of the Plain Talk�s web page at www.vermillionsd.com for further information as it becomes available. Meggie Donnelly scored five baskets, including two 3-pointers, and shot 4 for 4 from the free throw line for 16 points. She also contributed with three steals. Jaclyn Powell scored three 3-pointers and a field goal for a total of 11 points, and also made 8 assists.
�Our guards set the tempo and let their leadership carry the offense to super shooting for the team,� said VHS varsity Coach Lance Luitjens. �The team sank more than 50 percent of its shots for the game.�
The Tanagers led 20-8 after the first quarter, went into the locker room up 35-17 at halftime, and then led 62-25 going into the final period.
The Tanagers heated things up from three-point range, hitting 9 of 14 from long distance.
�We emphasized that the only thing between us and the state tournament was Harrisburg, and the girls responded beautifully,� said Coach Luitjens.
The VHS varsity hit 10 of 18 from the line. The Tanagers sank 20 of 42 field goals, while Harrisburg was 14 of 47 from the field. The Tigers hit 11 of 22 from the line.
The Tanagers had some excellent individual efforts in the win.
�Sarah Mollet was a consistent factor with six baskets and 10 rebounds, playing the post,� Coach Luitjens said.
Individual Stats, VHS varsity: Scoring � Meggie Donnelly, 16, Ashley Bjorkman, 13, Sarah Mollet, 12, Jaclyn Powell, 11, Tessa Tuetken, 8, Carey Engstrom, 8, Leslie Larson, 6, Whitney Tolsma, 2, Alison Stewart, 1. Rebounds � Mollet, 10, Larson, 6. Assists � Powell, 8. Steals � Donnelly, 3.
Individual Stats, Harrisburg: Scoring � Sandy Smith, 10, Jenn Koopman, 8, Nadine Doohen, 8, Ann Doohen, 4, Chelsea Budde, 4, Emily Truman, 2, Missy Keipers, 2, Jenna Sechser, 2, Sara Sheilds, 2. Rebounds � Smith, 7, Sheilds, 4. Assists � N. Doohen, 4. Steals � Koopman, 2.
Team rebounds: VHS varsity � 35, Harrisburg � 29. Team fouls: VHS varsity � 19, Harrisburg � 19.