Tanager freshman girls overpower Tigers 40-13

Tanager freshman girls overpower Tigers 40-13 by Jim Prosser The Vermillion girls' freshman Tanagers overpowered the Harrisburg Tigers 40-13 in girls' basketball Dec. 12 at Harrisburg in a win keyed by a 17-0 second-quarter edge.

The season-opening win gave the VHS girls' freshmen a record of 1-0 while Harrisburg fell to 0-1.

Annie Roche played tough defense for the freshman girls. She led the team to an excellent offensive start, being the foundation at both ends.

"The girls started a little nervous but once they settled down they played some great ball," said VHS girls' freshman coach Ryan Heine.

The Tanagers trailed 4-2 at the end of the first period, went into the locker room up 17-4 at halftime, and then led 25-10 after the third period.

"The freshman girls played great defense that created easy plays on offense," said coach Heine.

The VHS girls' freshmen sank 6 of 7 free throw attempts while the Tigers hit 1 of 2 from the line.

Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win.

"Michelle Olson and Brittany Babb pounded away at the post while Paige Prosser, Patricia Merrigan and Heather Walker had wonderful shots from the outside," coach Heine said.

Individual Stats, VHS girls' freshmen: Scoring � Annie Roche, 10, Paige Prosser, 8, Heather Walker, 6, Michelle Olson, 10, Brittany Babb, 4, Patricia Merrigan, 2.

Individual Stats, Harrisburg: Scoring � Ashley Dement, 8, Bobbi Becker, 5, Heather Wheeler, 2.

Team fouls: VHS girls' freshmen � 13, Harrisburg � 10.

by Jim Prosser

The Vermillion Tanagers rallied to pull off an upset of the Harrisburg Tigers 45-43 in boys' basketball Dec. 13 at home.

The Vermillion JV had trailed by two going into the final period.

The season-opening win gave Vermillion JV a record of 1-0 while Harrisburg JV fell to 0-1.

Ben Oberle scored 12 points, made three assists and three steals. Matt Preszler added 11 points, and pulled down 11 rebounds.

"Ben Oberle and Matt Preszler led the offense," said Vermillion JV coach Rex Huska.

The game was knotted 8-8 at the end of the first period, the Tanagers trailed 21-15 after the second period, and then trailed 30-28 going into the final period.

The Vermillion JV held onto the win from the free throw line, making 13 of 24 charity tosses to 3 of 6 for Harrisburg JV.

"We have to shoot better," said coach Huska.

The Vermillion JV made 2 of 8 three-pointers. The Tanagers made 15 of 41 field goal attempts, while the Harrisburg JV was 19 of 49 from the field. The Harrisburg JV connected on 2 of 14 three-point tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Matt Preszler, 11, Ben Oberle, 12, Chad Teigen, 6, Jared Burcham, 5, Chris Teigen, 4, Nathan Scheidel, 2, Kyle Mollet, 2, Steve Foltz, 2. Rebounds � Preszler, 11, Mollet, 7. Assists � Oberle, 3. Steals � Oberle, 3.

Individual Stats, Harrisburg JV: Scoring � Andy Bittner, 14, David Juel, 7, Jordan Vlastain, 7, Brian Stoebner, 6, Ryan Huber, 4, Ben Eisele, 2, Chris Voegeli, 2. Rebounds � Bittner, 6, Dustin Taylor, 4. Assists � Jim Hayes, 3. Steals � Hayes, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion JV � 35, Harrisburg JV � 28. Team fouls: Vermillion JV � 12, Harrisburg JV � 23.

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