Vermillion JV defeats Cubs with team effort

Vermillion JV defeats Cubs with team effort by Jim Prosser The Vermillion girls' junior varsity Tanagers pulled away in the second half to shoot down the Alcester-Hudson Cubs 34-9 in basketball Dec. 17 at Alcester. The Tanagers shot 53 percent from the field for the game.

This game was truly a team effort. Fourteen girls played in the game and 11 of them had at least one basket.

"I was extremely happy with the total team effort put forth by our team," said Vermillion JV coach Kelly Knutson.

The Tanagers took the lead 6-2 after the first quarter, and margins of 4-2 and 12-2 in the second and third quarters boosted the lead to 22-6 going into the final period.

The Tanagers committed only nine turnovers while forcing 19.

"Our defense really wore Alcester down in the second half and we cashed in several scores off of steals and in transition," said coach Knutson.

Vermillion JV improved its season mark to 1-1.

Vermillion JV made 0 of 2 three-point tries and made 2 of 6 free throw tries. The Tanagers connected on 16 of 30 field goals, while Alcester-Hudson was 4 of 20 from the field. Alcester-Hudson hit 0 of 2 three-pointers and connected on 1 of 6 from the line.

A number of excellent individual efforts highlighted the win.

"I wish I could give one name but I don't want to slight anyone," coach Knutson said. "They all gave everything they had while they were in the game."

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Brittany Babb, 6, Alecia O'Connor, 4, Paige Prosser, 4, Annie Roche, 4, Nicki Nelson, 3, Michelle Olson, 3. Rebounds � Olson, 4. Assists � Olson, 3. Steals � Roche, 5, Prosser, 4.

Team rebounds: Vermillion JV � 16, Alcester-Hudson � 10. Team fouls: Vermillion JV � 12, Alcester-Hudson � 6.

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