Lead defeated 58-42 by Tanager girls at home Tanagerby Jim Prosser

Lead defeated 58-42 by Tanager girls at home Tanagerby Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers downed the Lead Lady Golddiggers 58-42 in varsity girls' basketball Oct. 19 at home. The Tanagers shot an impressive 55 percent from the field for the game.

Ashley Bjorkman scored 27 points, grabbed eight rebounds and stole the ball four times.

"Ashley is really developing into an inside/outside player," said Vermillion varsity coach Lance Luitjens.

The Tanagers jumped in front 11-7 after the first quarter, led 29-20 after the second quarter, and then held a lead of 48-31 going into the fourth quarter.

"I thought we were solid defensively, and we shot the ball extremely well offensively," said coach Luitjens.

The Vermillion varsity improved its record to 11-5, while Lead dropped to 9-7.

The Vermillion varsity made 5 of 11 three-point tries and connected on 11 of 17 from the line. The Tanagers connected on 21 of 38 field goal attempts, while Lead was 14 of 39 from the field. Lead connected on 3 of 9 three-point tries and sank 11 of 15 free throw tries.

The Tanagers had some excellent individual efforts in the win.

"Abby Moore played a great game defensively," coach Luitjens said. "She was boxing out every possession."

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 27, Tessa Tuetken, 10, Abby Moore, 10, Meggie Donnelly, 5, Annie Carlson, 4, Joelle Mulder, 2. Rebounds � Bjorkman, 8, Donnelly, 5. Assists � Donnelly, 4, Brittany Gilkyson, 3. Steals � Donnelly, 4, Bjorkman, 4.

Individual Stats, Lead: Scoring � Sarah VanDeest, 13, Amanda Rantapaa, 9, Edie Aberle, 8, Jessica Klima, 4, Kendra Gasser, 4, Sarah Aldinger, 2, Sara Hoffman, 2. Rebounds � VanDeest, 5. Assists � Aberle, 5. Steals � Klima, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 29, Lead � 21. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 17, Lead � 13.

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