Tanagers outscore Lennox Orioles 49-41

Tanagers outscore Lennox Orioles 49-41 by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers beat the Lennox Orioles 49-41 in girls' basketball Oct. 4 at Lennox in a win keyed by a 21-8 second-quarter edge.

Tessa Tuetken went on a shooting spree, scoring 19 points.

"Tessa Tuetken came ready to play," said Vermillion varsity coach Lance Luitjens. "She put on a shooting clinic going 8-10 from the field. She and Ashley Bjorkman combined for 36 of our 49 points."

The Tanagers fell behind 10-7 at the end of the first period, led 28-18 at halftime, and then led 34-28 after the third quarter.

"It wasn't a pretty game, but it was a big win," said Luitjens. "Lennox has an extremely difficult schedule and I look for them to be ready to surprise some people come tourney time."

The Vermillion varsity improved its record to 8-3, while Lennox dropped to 4-8.

The Vermillion varsity made 6 of 13 three-pointers and made 9 of 14 free throw tries. The Tanagers connected on 14 of 43 field goals, while Lennox was 16 of 54 from the field. Lennox sank 5 of 22 three-pointers and connected on 4 of 5 free throw attempts.

The Tanagers had several important contributors in the close win.

"Carey Engstrom has proven to be a dominating force on the inside with rebounds," Coach Luitjens said. "This is her third straight game in which she has had at least three boards."

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Tessa Tuetken, 19, Ashley Bjorkman, 17, Carey Engstrom, 8, Abby Moore, 4, Jackie Thomas, 1. Rebounds � Engstrom, 11, Moore, 5. Assists � Bjorkman, 4. Steals � Tuetken, 2.

Individual Stats, Lennox: Scoring � Machel Altmans, 9, Jenni Pick, 9, Lindsey Buthe, 8, Danielle Galbary, 4, Sarah Struck, 5, Katie Peters, 6. Rebounds � Struck, 7. Assists � Pick, 2. Steals � Peters, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 32, Lennox � 36. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 12, Lennox � 17.

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