Varsity tames the Wildcats

Varsity tames the Wildcats by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers overpowered the Custer Wildcats 62-41 in girls' varsity basketball Oct. 20 at home in a win carried by a strong first quarter.

Ashley Bjorkman scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

"I thought Ashley showed a little more leadership on the floor," said Vermillion varsity coach Lance Luitjens. "She got the girls going after a lackadaisical first half."

The Tanagers led 15-2 after the opening period, went into the locker room up 28-18 at halftime, and then led 46-28 after the third quarter.

The Tanagers committed only 6 turnovers in the victory.

"We had a let down in the second quarter but picked up the intensity in the second half," said coach Luitjens.

The Vermillion varsity improved its record to 12-5, while Custer dropped to 6-12.

The Vermillion varsity made 4 of 17 three-point attempts and sank 20 of 31 free throw tries. The Tanagers sank 19 of 52 field goals, while Custer was 11 of 33 from the field. Custer made 1 of 8 three-point tries and made 18 of 29 from the line.

A number of excellent individual efforts highlighted the win.

"Meggie Donnelly contributed with 13 points and three steals," coach Luitjens said. "Meggie picked it up in the second half for us. We need her to spark us."

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 24, Meggie Donnelly, 16, Tessa Tuetken, 7, Abby Moore, 4, Carey Engstrom, 4, Annie Carlson, 2, Kayla Mollet, 2, Melissa Olson, 2. Rebounds � Bjorkman, 7, Moore, 4. Assists � Tuetken, 3. Steals � Donnelly, 3.

Individual Stats, Custer: Scoring � Kerry Knappe, 14, Dana Woods, 6, Kelsie Dejong, 6, Lisa Steever, 5, Ashley Bryant, 4, Latisha Johnson, 3, Kara Greekson, 2, Dana Finn, 1. Rebounds � Knappe, 4. Assists � Steever, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 24, Custer � 16. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 22, Custer � 23.

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