Tanager varsity tops Pine Ridge

Tanager varsity tops Pine Ridge by Jim Prosser The Vermillion girls' varsity Tanagers topped the Pine Ridge Thorpes 61-51 in basketball Jan. 4 at Pine Ridge as the winners led after each quarter.

Ashley Bjorkman scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had three assists. Jackie Thomas is credited with seven assists, five rebounds and two steals.

The Tanagers led 20-17 after the opening period, led 34-31 at halftime, and then held a lead of 47-42 going into the final period.

Vermillion held onto the win from the free throw line, making 21 of 28 charity tosses to 5 of 7 for Pine Ridge.

"It was an extremely physical game," said Vermillion Coach Jamie Parish. "We didn't shoot the ball very well to start the game but we got to the free throw line 28 times. It shows good awareness from our players that sometimes if the jump shots aren't going that we can manufacture some points by throwing the ball into our post players and attacking the basket with dribble penetration."

Vermillion improved its record to 3-3, while Pine Ridge dropped to 1-4.

Vermillion connected on 2 of 5 three-point attempts. The Tanagers hit 19 of 45 field goals, while Pine Ridge was 21 of 62 from the field. Pine Ridge connected on 4 of 28 three-point attempts.

A number of excellent individual efforts highlighted the win.

"Melissa Olson had a big third quarter with nine points and got their big girl in foul trouble," coach Parish said. "It had a great impact on the way that we were able to play the fourth quarter.

"This was a really good win for us, to make a long trip across the state, play in a physical game, and still find a way to get a win," coach Parish said. "This was another step in the right direction for our kids to keep improving and learning how to play on the road."

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 20, Melissa Olson, 14, Allison Stewart, 7, Jackie Thomas, 6, Kaylee Heesch, 6, Kat Redlin, 4, Annie Roche, 4. Rebounds � Bjorkman, 9, Stewart, 6. Assis ts � Thomas, 7, Roche, 5. Steals � Thomas, 2.

Individual Stats, Pine Ridge: Scoring � Laura Big Crow, 24, Dominique Ten Fingers, 9, Layne Lebeau, 7, Johaunna Dreamer, 4, Lorelie Two Bulls, 2, Lucy Blue Legs, 2. Rebounds � Big Crow, 10, Two Bulls, 8. Assists � Lebeau, 5. Steals � Dreamer, 1.

Team rebounds: Vermillion � 32, Pine Ridge � 37. Team fouls: Vermillion � 7, Pine Ridge � 23.

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