Tanager JV couldn’t stop second half rally

Tanager JV couldn't stop second half rally by Jim Prosser The Vermillion girls' junior varsity Tanagers ended up on the wrong side of a second-half rally and were topped by the Parkston Lady Trojans 49-44 in girls basketball Jan. 10 at Vermillion.

The Vermillion JV had led by two at halftime.

Kelsie Austin scored 9 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Brittany Babb scored 7 points, made four rebounds and three steals.

The Tanagers jumped ahead 9-8 at the end of the first period, went into the locker room up 26-24 at halftime, and the score was knotted 31-31 after the third quarter.

The contest was well-played, with each team committing only eight turnovers.

"We played with intensity on offense but could contain Parkston's quick guard, Maggie Malloy, on defense," said Vermillion JV coach Kelly Knutson. "Her 28 points were the determining factor in the final result."

The loss dropped Vermillion JV to a record of 2-2, while Parkston improved to 4-2.

Vermillion JV made 0 of 4 three-point attempts and hit 12 of 21 free throw tries. The Tanagers hit 16 of 33 field goals, while Parkston was 12 of 30 from the field. Parkston connected on 2 of 6 three-point attempts and sank 14 of 36 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Kelsie Austin, 9, Brittany Babb, 7, Michelle Olson, 7, Kayla Mollet, 5, Melissa Olson, 4, Alicia O'Connor, 4, Kaylee Heesch, 2, Nicki Nelson, 2, Annie Roche, 2, Heather Walker, 2. Rebounds � Walker, 8, Austin, 7. Assists � Paige Prosser, 2. Steals � Babb, 3.

Individual Stats, Parkston: Scoring � Maggie Malloy, 28, Winter Staples, 7, Sadie Mogck, 6, Kyla Enrisman, 3, Mallory Weise, 2, Mandy Bialas, 2, Angie Herman, 1. Rebounds � Malloy, 8, Kara Akre, 5. Assists � Akre, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion JV � 37, Parkston � 26. Team fouls: Vermillion JV � 25, Parkston � 24.

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