Tanager girls’ varsity topped by Tigers 51-42

Tanager girls' varsity topped by Tigers 51-42 by Jim Prosser The Vermillion girls' varsity Tanagers were topped by the Harrisburg Tigers 51-42 in basketball Dec. 12 at Harrisburg as the winners held the lead after each quarter.

"We played somewhat tentative to start but were in the game when several turnovers and some hot free throw shooting by the Tigers sealed our fate," said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish.

Harrisburg jumped in front 15-7 after the first quarter, and held an edge of 11-10 in the second quarter. Vermillion had an advantage of 9-7 in the third period to shave the deficit to only 33-26 going into the final period.

The loss of the season-opening game dropped Vermillion's record to 0-1, while Harrisburg is now 1-0.

Vermillion hit 7 of 20 three-pointers and connected on 11 of 18 free throw attempts. The Tanagers sank 12 of 48 from the field, while Harrisburg was 18 of 47 from the field. Harrisburg hit 2 of 7 three-point attempts and hit 13 of 24 free throw attempts.

Even with the loss, the Tanagers had several good individual efforts.

"Ankle and foot injuries to Annie Carlson and Ellen Odson kept us shorthanded from our perimeter players and made it necessary for some girls to play in unfamiliar spots," coach Parish said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 16, Jackie Thomas, 11, Annie Carlson, 4, Ellen Odson, 3, Allison Stewart, 2, Kat Redlin, 2, Melissa Olson, 2, Kayla Mollet, 2. Rebounds � Olson, 4, Mollet, 4, Bjorkman, 4. Assists � Carlson, 4. Steals � Thomas, 7.

Individual Stats, Harrisburg: Scoring � Maggie Hayes, 16, Ashley Beal, 13, Sandy Smith, 8, Elizabeth Okeson, 7, Missy Kuper, 6, Marte Beach, 1. Rebounds � Smith, 6. Assists � Smith, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion � 28, Harrisburg � 32. Team fouls: Vermillion � 19, Harrisburg � 14.

Josh Mueller recorded his second consecutive double double to lead the #8 ranked South Dakota Coyotes men's basketball team (10-0) to a 99-76 win over Jamestown on Saturday at the DakotaDome before 1,115 in attendance.

The win was USD's 68th straight in home nonconference games. South Dakota head coach Dave Boots recorded his 300th career win (300-114) at South Dakota. Boots is 84-1 in home nonconference games since he came to South Dakota in 1988. South Dakota has won 48 of its past 49 nonconference games.

Mueller, who hit five of seven field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, had 10 assists and eight rebounds in 29 minutes of play. Junior forward Derek Paben, Pickrell, NE, had another good offensive performance, scoring 24 points on eight of 13 shooting from the field.

He hit four of six 3-pointers and also had six rebounds. Senior forward Tommie King, Seattle, WA, tied Paben with a game-high 24 points. He also had two blocks and two steals. Freshman forward Turner Trofholz, Schuyler, NE, had 11 points and six rebounds.

Overall, South Dakota hit 35 of 68 field goals for 51.5 percent, including 11 of 27 3-point field goals. USD was 18 of 20 from the foul line which continued their outstanding performance this season from the charity stripe. As a team the Coyotes have made 191 of 232 free throws for 82.3 percent.

Jamestown was led by Charles Jones, who had 16 points while Randy Randle added 13 and Brandon Wilkens had 12. The Jimmies hit 29 of 73 field goals for 39.7 percent, including five of 17 from the 3-point arc. They were 13 of 17 from the free throw line.

After South Dakota jumped to a 4-0 lead, the Jimmies, whose only loss was to North Dakota (88-76), went on an 11-0 run to grab a 7-point lead at the 15:18 mark. South Dakota responded by scoring 11 of the next 13 points for an 18-13 lead at the 12:23 mark. During that run, the Coyotes received 5 points from Mueller, including a 3-pointer.

USD extended the advantage to 24-17 when freshman forward Trofholz made a three-pointer at the 9:30 mark. Jamestown fought back and took a 30-26 lead at the 6:17 mark after a lay-up by Brian White.

Paben had consecutive 3-pointers, including the second one that gave USD a 40-38 lead with 1:56 to play in the first half. Two free throws by King gave USD a 44-42 at halftime.

In the opening 20 minutes, USD hit 16 of 32 field goals for 50 percent, including six of 12 from 3-point range. USD made six of seven free throws. Paben had 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Mueller had seven points.

Jamestown made 15 of 37 field goals for 40.5 percent, including three of eight from 3- point range. The Jimmies, who received 12 points from Jones, converted nine of 10 free throws.

The Coyotes started quickly in the second half with an 8-0 run. South Dakota extended the lead to 52-42 when Zach Fortune, Bellevue, NE, hit a 3-pointer with 18:14 to play. Jamestown's Benny Fragela hit a jumper to draw Jamestown to within 58-52 with 15:29 to play but that was as close as the Jimmies would get on the day.

USD opened up an 80-65 when Paben scored on a lay-up with 8:08 to play. Using a fast-break offense, USD continued to build the lead and had an 87-70 lead at the 4:24 mark. A lay-up by Fortune with 2:21 to play gave USD a 93-72 advantage. Malcom Heard's 3-pointer with 51 seconds to play gave USD its largest advantage of 99-76.

South Dakota will close its nonconference season on Dec. 29 by hosting Midland Lutheran at the DakotaDome. It is part of a women's and men's doubleheader. The USD women will play Sioux Falls at 3 p.m.

One-half hour after that game, the men's teams will take the court.

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