Tanager varsity rolls over Pine Ridge 94-66

Tanager varsity rolls over Pine Ridge 94-66 by Jim Prosser In a terrific performance praised by the coach, the Vermillion varsity Tanagers rolled over the Pine Ridge Thorpes 94-66 in girls' basketball Dec. 28 at Vermillion.

Ashley Bjorkman scored 33 points, grabbed 10 boards and made eight assists.

The Tanagers took the lead 18-14 after the first quarter, and margins of 29-18 and 22-18 in the second and third quarters boosted the lead to 69-50 going into the final period.

The Tanagers heated things up from three-point range, hitting 8 of 12 from long distance.

"What a tremendous team effort," said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. "We simply talked about some subtle changes we wanted to make and applied it to what we were doing on the floor. Our rebounding was much better tonight. Pine Ridge has some very good players that could have caused us some problems on the boards but we really worked hard at boxing out and limited their second shots."

Vermillion now has a record of 3-2, while Pine Ridge fell to 1-3.

Vermillion hit 26 of 37 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 32 of 52 from the field, while Pine Ridge was 26 of 61 from the field. The Thorpes connected on 6 of 13 from the line.

Vermillion held a 39-19 edge on the boards.

Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win.

"Ashley Bjorkman had a great game with 33 points, eight assists and 10 rebounds," coach Parish said. "Annie Carlson and Jackie Thomas played very well for us offensively as well. The other contributions by everyone are too many to mention. We had a total of 20 assists and out-rebounded our opponent 36-18, which takes a total effort.

"Our kids are starting to do the little things that we have been emphasizing as a coaching staff. We are keeping our turnovers down, rebounding and getting to the free-throw line is helping us turn things around," the coach said. "We will continue to improve day by day and week by week so that we are able to put together our best efforts in the latter part of our season."

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 33, Annie Carlson, 17, Jackie Thomas, 15, Kat Redlin, 7, Melissa Olson, 7, Allison Stewart, 4, Kaylee Heesch, 4, Annie Roche, 3, Kayla Mollet, 2, Michelle Olson, 2. Rebounds � Bjorkman, 10, Redlin, 7. Assists � Bjorkman, 8, Thomas, 5. Steals � Redlin, 5.

Individual Stats, Pine Ridge: Scoring � Johanna Dreamer, 27, Laura Big Crow, 27, Lorelie Two Bulls, 4, Joelle Junis, 4, Dominic Ten Fingers, 2, Stacie Big Crow, 2. Rebounds � L. Big Crow, 6, Vicki Piper, 5. Assists � Layne Lebeau, 6. Steals � Dreamer, 3.

Team fouls: Vermillion � 14, Pine Ridge � 27.

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