Vermillion girls’ JV topped by Harrisburg

Vermillion girls' JV topped by Harrisburg by Jim Prosser In its season-opener, the Vermillion girls' junior varsity Tanagers were topped by the Harrisburg Tigers 40-30 in girls' basketball Dec. 12 at Harrisburg.

"No one in particular shined, but I was encouraged by the effort put forth," said Vermillion JV coach Kelly Knutson. "We played like it was our first game � a bit sloppy and very tentative on offense."

Although defeated, the Tanagers had a number of fine individual efforts.

"I was very happy with the performance of the freshman girls who got time in the second half," coach Knutson said. "They really worked hard to get us back into the game."

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Ellen Odson, 10, Kayla Mollet, 6, Ashley Hofer, 4. Rebounds � Kelsey Austin, 8, Melissa Olson, 6. Assists � Paige Prosser, 3. Steals � Kayla Mollet, 3.

HEAD:Full court press is too much for Tanagers

by Jim Prosser

The Vermillion girls' varsity Tanagers watched a second-half lead disappear and were downed by Sioux City West 45-33 in girls' basketball Dec. 14 at South Sioux City, NE in the first round of the South Sioux City Classic.

Vermillion had led by one at halftime.

"We played a respectable three quarters of basketball, then succumbed to a full court press and the resulting 10 turnovers led to 10 fast break points and a 14-2 fourth quarter score," said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish.

The Tanagers led 10-9 after the opening period, went into the locker room up 23-22 at halftime, and the score was 31-all going into the fourth quarter.

The loss dropped Vermillion to a record of 0-2, while SSC improved to 3-3.

Vermillion sank 3 of 6 three-point attempts and hit 2 of 2 from the line. The Tanagers hit 14 of 45 field goal attempts, while SSC was 17 of 51 from the field. SSC connected on 3 of 19 three-point attempts and made 8 of 15 free throw tries.

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

"Eighth-grader Annie Roche was brought up from the JV team to aid in replacing injured perimeter players," coach Parish said. "She did a commendable job."

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 10, Jackie Thomas, 9, Kat Redlin, 8, Kayla Mollet, 4, Annie Roche, 2. Rebounds � Bjorkman, 7, Mollet, 5. Assists � Thomas, 3. Steals � Thomas, 3.

Individual Stats, SSC: Scoring � Sadie Brown, 20, Prairie Gordon, 14, Kelsey Johnikin, 5, Nyla Branch, 5, Laura Shanafelt, 1. Rebounds � Brown, 10. Assists � Branch, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion � 26, SSC � 25. Team fouls: Vermillion � 16, SSC � 11.

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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