Seventh-grade girls place second in Dome The Vermillion Burger King seventh-grade girls' basketball team took second place in the recent Midwest Youth Basketball Championships held at the DakotaDome.
In the first game, Vermillion defeated Hinton 19-15. Annie Roche led the way with 13 points. Alicia Brown, Anna Isaacson and Brittni Stewart added two each. Brown and Hannah Pommersheim also collected eight rebounds.
In a raucous semi-final game highlighted by a technical foul (2 point penalty) assessed against the rowdy Sgt. Bluff fans, Vermillion defeated Sgt. Bluff 30-23. Roche again led the way with 15 points. Brown also knocked down nine points. Kaili Johnson contributed 2 points and team newcomer Chelsea Gauer also added two key foul shots.
In the final game, Vermillion lost a heartbreaker to a fine Watertown Arrows team by the score of 19-17. Vermillion held a 12-7 halftime lead, but couldn't quite hold on to it. After giving up two baskets early in the second half, momentum kept shifting back and forth with neither team able to pull away. In the last minute, Vermillion was down four points when Hofman hit a big 3 pointer to cut the Arrows lead to one.
Down 2 points with 20 seconds remaining the Burger King girls got two good looks, but the ball just wouldn't fall their way. Roche again topped Vermillion with 10 points. Isaacson added 4 points and Hofman added 3.
Coach Isaacson said he was incredibly proud of his team for never giving up and clawing and scrapping until the final whistle blew. Isaacson also noted that this was the highest finish for the girls since they began competing in this tournament as fourth-graders and that he expected the girls to continue their climb and win it all next year.