VHS freshman squad squeaks by Lennox

VHS freshman squad squeaks by Lennox by Jim Prosser The Vermillion girls' freshman Tanagers rallied to edge the Lennox Ladybirds 31-29 in girls' basketball Jan. 24 at Vermillion. The Tanagers shot 52 percent from the field for the game.

The VHS freshmen had trailed by five going into the final period.

The Tanagers' Ellen Odson sank a 3-point shot to tie the game with one minute left in the game to cap the win.

"The basket couldn't have come at a more crucial point," said VHS girls' freshman coach Ryan Heine of the clinching moment.

Brittany Babb had a great game down low while Patricia Merrigan and Heather Walker ran the floor playing good defense.

"We started off slow at both ends but overcame our opponent with great hustle," said coach Heine.

The Tanagers fell behind 11-4 after the opening period, trailed 19-12 at halftime, and then trailed 25-20 going into the fourth quarter.

The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only four turnovers and the Ladybirds committing only seven.

"We came from behind to get a great victory," said coach Heine.

The VHS freshmen now have a record of 3-0, while Lennox fell to 1-2.

The VHS freshmen hit 1 of 3 three-pointers and made 4 of 6 free throw tries. The Tanagers connected on 13 of 25 field goal attempts, while Lennox was 11 of 30 from the field. Lennox made 2 of 5 three-point attempts and sank 5 of 9 free throw attempts.

The Tanagers had several important contributors in the close win.

"Kelsey Austin and Alicia O'Connor had limited minutes but played hard for the time they had," Coach Heine said.

Individual Stats, VHS girls' freshmen: Scoring � Brittany Babb, 10, Heather Walker, 6, Ellen Odson, 5, Annie Roche, 4, Patricia Merrigan, 2, Kelsie Austin, 2, Michelle Olson, 2. Rebounds � Walker, 7, M. Olson, 5. Assists � Alisha O'Connor, 3. Steals � Alisha O'Connor, 2.

Individual Stats, Lennox: Scoring � Steff Harrington, 11, Kasey Peters, 8, Angie Bartels, 5, Jerika Ihnen, 3, Brandi Shaull, 2. Rebounds � Shaull, 5. Assists � Bartels, 3. Steals � Shaull, 2.

Team rebounds: VHS girls' freshmen � 23, Lennox � 17. Team fouls: VHS girls' freshmen � 8, Lennox � 9.

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