Strong play sparks win over S.F. Lincoln by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers held on in the second half to down the Sioux Falls Lincoln Patriots 55-51 in girls� basketball Sept. 8 at Sioux Falls in a win ignited by a strong first half.
The Vermillion varsity had led by 15 at halftime.
�It was nice to see Ashley�s outside shot falling through even though she struggled a little inside,� said Vermillion varsity coach Lance Luitjens. �Tessa Tuetken, Meggie Donnelly and Jackie Thomas all hit key 3-pointers for us as well.�
The Vermillion varsity held onto the win from the free throw line, making 16 of 19 charity tosses to two of two for Lincoln.
Both teams were sharp from 3-point range, with the Tanagers nine of 11 and the Patriots seven of 13.
The Tanagers jumped in front 22-13 after the opening period, led 32-17 at halftime, and then led 41-31 going into the fourth quarter.
The Vermillion varsity improved its season mark to 3-2, while Lincoln fell to 3-1.
The Tanagers hit 15 of 37 field goals, while Lincoln was 21 of 36 from the field.
The close win had several contributors to the cause.
�Abby Moore sparked us in the first quarter with six points and Carey Engstrom did a nice job ripping down some big rebounds,� coach Luitjens said. �We had a great first half both offensively and defensively. We�re tough to beat when we�re connecting from three point land like we did in this game. �I�m still not satisfied with our finish to the game. We had too many turnovers and mental mistakes in the second half,� he added. �Fortunately, we had a big enough lead at half and were able to hold on to pull out the win this time.�
Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 18, Meggie Donnelly, 10, Tessa Tuetken, 10, Carey Engstrom, 8, Abby Moore, 6, Jackie Thomas, 3. Rebounds � Engstrom, 9. Assists � Tuetken, 5. Steals � Tuetken, 4.
Individual Stats, Lincoln: Scoring � Nicole Ford, 18, Alicia Bohrer, 15, Robin Boes, 7, Hanah Houlkenan, 6. Rebounds � Ford, 8. Assists � Bohrer, 3. Steals �Boes, 2.
Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 26, Lincoln �16. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 9, Lincoln � 16.