Prep basketball roundup

Prep basketball roundup by Jim Prosser Vermillion 30 � Beresford 31

The Vermillion girls' junior varsity Tanagers fell victim to a fourth-quarter rally and were nipped by the Beresford Watchdogs 31-30 in basketball Feb. 4 at Beresford. The Vermillion JV had led by two after the third quarter. Kaylee Heesch scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds and made three steals.

The Tanagers jumped ahead 6-4 after the first quarter, led 14-8 after the second quarter, and then led 20-18 going into the fourth quarter. "I was very proud of the way the girls handled Beresford's press," said Vermillion JV coach Kelly Knutson. "We needed to take care of the ball a bit better in the last minute."

The loss dropped Vermillion to a record of 4-5, while Beresford improved to 7-2. Vermillion hit 0 of 4 three-pointers and connected on 0 of 0 from the line. The Tanagers made 15 of 37 field goal attempts, while Beresford was 13 of 34 from the field. Beresford hit 0 of 4 three-pointers and hit 5 of 10 from the line.

The Tanagers had several noteworthy individual efforts in defeat. "Kayla Mollet contributed six points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals," coach Knutson said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Kaylee Heesch, 8, Kayla Mollet, 6, Melissa Olson, 4, Brittany Babb, 4, Natalie Johnson, 4, Alicia O'Connor, 2, Ashley Hofer, 2. Rebounds � Mollet, 8, Melissa Olson, 7. Assists � Johnson, 5. Steals � O'Connor, 4. Individual Stats, Beresford: Scoring � Liz Sharpe, 11, Chelse Faehnrich, 8, Angela Knoblach, 8, Katie Gylfe, 3, Brooke Bonte, 1. Rebounds � Sharpe, 6, Knoblach, 4. Team rebounds: Vermillion JV-28, Beresford-25. Team fouls: Vermillion JV-11, Beresford-10.

Vermillion 19 � Beresford 29

The Vermillion girls' freshman Tanagers lost to the Beresford Watchdogs 29-19 in basketball Feb. 4 at Beresford as the winners held the lead after each quarter.

Eighth-grader Annie Roche played outstanding defense to put her in scoring position. "We played a little scared and took too long to warm up," said VHS girls' freshmen coach Ryan Heine.

The Tanagers fell behind 10-2 after the first quarter, trailed 12-6 at halftime, and then trailed 20-8 going into the fourth quarter.

The loss dropped the VHS girls' freshmen to a record of 3-2, while Beresford improved to 4-1. VHS connected on 1 of 2 free throw attempts. The Tanagers sank 9 of 23 field goal attempts, while Beresford was 13 of 25 from the field. Beresford hit 3 of 8 from the line.

Individual Stats, VHS girls' freshmen: Scoring � Paige Prosser, 4, Heather Walker, 4, Annie Roche, 6, Michelle Olson, 5. Individual Stats, Beresford: Scoring � Amy Jensen, 4, Joni Strom, 10, Katie Gylfe, 9, Rachel Jensen, 4. Team rebounds: VHS girls' freshmen-15, Beresford-20. Team fouls � VHS girls' freshmen-16, Beresford-10.

Vermillion 42 � Beresford 26

The Vermillion Tanagers defeated the Beresford Watchdogs 42-26 in freshman boys' basketball Feb. 4 at Beresford. The Tanagers shot an impressive 66 percent from the field in the contest.

"We played well at times but got a little sloppy with the ball," said Vermillion freshmen coach Mark Iverson. The Tanagers jumped in front 6-5 after the opening period, led 20-9 at halftime, and then held a lead of 32-21 after the third quarter.

The Vermillion freshman team improved its season mark to 4-3, while Beresford fell to 3-5. Vermillion sank 0 of 1 three-point attempts and sank 4 of 11 free throw attempts. The Tanagers made 19 of 29 field goal attempts, while Beresford was 9 of 35 from the field. Beresford hit 2 of 6 three-point tries and connected on 6 of 15 free throw attempts.

Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win. "Randy (Kabambi) and Donny (Stewart) had good games inside," coach Iverson said. "They couldn't be stopped."

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Randy Kabambi, 17, Donny Stewart, 10, Glen Foltz, 4, Kyle Brunick, 4, Mike Hanson, 4, Mike Preszler, 3. Rebounds � Brunick, 6, Kabambi, 5. Assists � Foltz, 4. Steals � Kabambi, 5. Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen-20, Beresford-14. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen-13, Beresford-15.

Vermillion JV 55 � Centerville V 65

The Vermillion girls' junior varsity Tanagers lost to the Centerville Tornadoes varsity squad 65-55 in basketball Feb. 7 at Centerville as the winners held the lead after each quarter.

Kayla Mollet scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and made four assists. Michelle Olson contributed with 10 points and 10 rebounds. "Kayla and Michelle put on quite a show against a quality basketball team," said Vermillion JV coach Kelly Knutson.

The Tanagers fell behind 16-7 after the opening period, trailed 34-25 at halftime, and then trailed 43-40 going into the final period. The Vermillion JV lost the game from the free throw line, making 11 of 23 charity tosses compared with 28 of 41 for Centerville.

"I couldn't be more proud of the girls," said coach Knutson. "I had a hard time substituting because everyone was deserving of being on the floor."

The Vermillion JV saw its record fall to 4-5, while the Centerville varsity upped its mark to 9-6. The Vermillion JV made 20 of 7 three-pointers. The Tanagers sank 21 of 45 field goals, while Centerville was 17 of 46 from the field. Centerville made 3 of 8 three-point tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Kayla Mollet, 15, Michelle Olson, 10, Melissa Olson, 8, Ellen Odson, 7, Ashley Hofer, 6, Natalie Johnson, 4, Annie Roche, 4, Alecia O'Connor, 1. Rebounds � Michelle Olson, 10, Mollet, 8. Assists � Mollet, 4, O'Connor, 4. Steals � O'Connor, 3.

Individual Stats, Centerville: Scoring � Tara Adamson, 23, Alyssa Diercks, 12, Abby Nelson, 9, Keri Hansen, 8, Tiffany Smit, 6, Jeannie Peterson, 5, Jennalee Westra, 2. Rebounds � Adamson, 10, Peterson, 5, Smit, 5. Assists � Nelson, 3. Steals � Hansen, 3, Adamson, 5. Team rebounds: Vermillion JV-39, Centerville-28. Team fouls: Vermillion JV-34, Centerville-20.

Vermillion frosh 30 � Centerville JV 38

The Vermillion girls' freshmen Tanagers fell short in a second-half comeback and were topped by the Centerville Tornadoes 38-30 in basketball Feb. 7 at Centerville. VHS had trailed by 15 going into the final period.

Annie Roche took charge and made things happen in the two quarters she played. "The girls never gave up and still tried putting points up until time ran out," said VHS girls' freshmen coach Ryan Heine.

The teams were deadlocked 10-10 at the end of the first period, the Tanagers trailed 18-10 at halftime, and then trailed 27-12 going into the final period.

"We came out hard right away and finished hard," said coach Heine. "It was in the middle of the game that we struggled."

The Vermillion freshmen saw their record fall to 3-3, while Centerville upped its mark to 7-4. VHS connected on 0 of 2 three-pointers and made 10 of 14 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 10 of 25 field goal attempts, while Centerville was 10 of 27 from the field. Centerville hit 3 of 7 three-point attempts and made 15 of 24 free throw tries.

Even with the loss, the Tanagers had several good individual efforts. "Patricia Merrigan found the gap and put up some great shots," coach Heine said.

Individual Stats, VHS girls' freshmen: Scoring � Annie Roche, 15, Patricia Merrigan, 6, Michelle Olson, 4, Chelsea Gauer, 4, Brittany Babb, 1. Rebounds � Babb, 6, Heather Walker, 5. Assists � Gauer, 2, Roche, 2. Steals � Roche, 3. Team rebounds: VHS girls' freshmen-16, Centerville-16. Team fouls: VHS girls' freshmen-20, Centerville-22.

Vermillion frosh 49 � G-V JV 33

The Vermillion Tanagers freshman team pulled away in the second half to top the Gayville-Volin Raiders junior varsity 49-33 in boys' basketball Feb. 8 at home. Randy Kabambi scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Mike Hanson added 10 points, three assists, four rebounds and one steal.

The Tanagers jumped ahead 16-6 at the end of the first period, led 21-18 at halftime, and then led 39-25 going into the final period.

"We did a better job offensively taking care of the ball," said Vermillion freshmen coach Mark Iverson. "We also played a decent defensive game." The Vermillion freshmen improved their record to 5-3, while Gayville-Volin dropped to 1-6. Vermillion connected on 2 of 6 three-point tries and made 5 of 7 free throw tries. The Tanagers connected on 19 of 42 field goals, while Gayville-Volin was 14 of 44 from the field. Gayville-Volin connected on 1 of 6 three-point tries and hit 4 of 8 free throw attempts. Vermillion held a 40-25 edge on the boards.

Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win. "Randy (Kabambi) and Mike (Hanson) played excellent games," Coach Iverson said. Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Randy Kabambi, 21, Mike Hanson, 10, Mike Preszler, 5, Kyle Brunick, 5, Glen Foltz, 4, Donny�Stewart, 2, Joe Miller, 2. Rebounds � Kabambi, 12, Stewart, 7. Assists � Preszler, 4, Brunick, 4. Steals � Brunick, 3. Individual Stats, Gayville-Volin: Scoring � Brian Bye, 12, Terry Bye, 6, James Hendersen, 5, Dustin Holdorf, 4, Chris Bye, 4, Ryan Hendersen, 2. Rebounds � Terry Bye, 8, Brian Bye, 7. Assists � Dustin Holdorf, 3. Steals � Terry Bye, 2. Team fouls: Vermillion -12, Gayville-Volin-9. Team rebounds: Vermillion-40, Gayville-Volin-25.

Vermillion 31 � Canton 39

The Vermillion girls' junior varsity Tanagers ended up on the wrong side of a second-half rally and lost to the Canton C-Hawks 39-31 in basketball Feb. 8 at Vermillion. The Tanagers had led by three at halftime.

"We played pretty well but our legs were very weak from a long, hard practice, and a game the day before," said Vermillion JV coach Kelly Knutson. "Our shots just weren't falling."

The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only 8 turnovers and the C-Hawks committing only 7. The Tanagers jumped in front 7-6 after the first quarter, led 13-10 after the second quarter, and then trailed 22-19 going into the final period. The loss dropped the Vermillion JV to a record of 4-6, while Canton improved to 7-4.

Vermillion connected on 0 of 4 three-pointers and made 3 of 4 free throw tries. The Tanagers sank 14 of 34 field goal attempts, while Canton was 15 of 39 from the field. Canton connected on 1 of 5 three-point tries and connected on 8 of 15 from the line.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Kaylee Heesch, 6, Kayla Mollet, 6, Melissa Olson, 6, Kelsie Austin, 4, Alicia O'Connor, 3, Ashley Hofer, 2, Heather Walker, 2. Rebounds � Mollet, 7, O'Connor, 5. Assists- Hofer, 3. Steals � Heesch, 3. Individual Stats, Canton: Scoring � Whitney Gord, 13, Rachel Hohman, 8, Keri Glenn, 8, Chandi Orstad, 6, Tracy Miller, 2, Carrie Anderson, 2. Rebounds � Hohman, 6, Glenn, 5. Assists � Miller, 4. Steals � Gord, 3. Team rebounds: Vermillion JV-24, Canton-20. Team fouls: Vermillion JV-19, Canton-14.

Vermillion frosh 42 � Canton 29

The Vermillion girls' freshman Tanagers pulled away in the last stanza to top the Canton C-Hawks 42-29 in basketball Feb. 8 at Vermillion. The VHS freshman team had led by only five heading into the final quarter.

Chelsea Gauer played with great confidence and helped break down Canton's defense.

"We played great defense to allow us time for our offense and good lane penetration from Gauer," said VHS girls' freshmen coach Ryan Heine.

The Tanagers fell behind 5-4 after the opening period, went into the locker room up 19-14 at halftime, and then held a lead of 27-22 going into the final period. "We played together the whole game," said coach Heine. "We never let up until the final buzzer." Vermillion improved its record to 3-3, while Canton dropped to 7-4.

The VHS girls made 0 of 2 three-point tries and connected on 10 of 21 from the line. The Tanagers hit 16 of 34 from the field, while Canton was 11 of 37 from the field. Canton sank 2 of 5 three-point tries and connected on 5 of 14 free throw attempts. VHS held a 33-17 edge on the boards. The Tanagers had several fine individual efforts in the victory.

"Heather Walker made great decisions with the ball to allow her to get to the free throw line many times," coach Heine said.

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Heather Walker, 9, Annie Roche, 13, Brittany Babb, 7, Michelle Olson, 4, Chelsea Gauer, 4, Patricia Merrigan, 3, Anna Isaacson, 2. Rebounds � Babb, 8, Olson, 8. Assists � Walker, 3. Steals � Babb, 5. Team fouls: VHS-16, Canton-24.

Vermillion 54 � Canton 57

The Vermillion varsity Tanagers fell short in a fourth-quarter comeback and lost a tough one to the Canton C-Hawks 57-54 in girls' basketball Feb. 8 at Vermillion. Vermillion had trailed by 9 after three periods. Ashley Bjorkman scored 22 points and made three assists. Annie Carlson pulled down nine rebounds and made three assists.

"Ashley carried the offensive load for us with 22 points and three assists," said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. "Annie Carlson had a solid all around game with seven points, nine boards and three assists. She will be a great player for us as she continues to work hard and improve her skills."

The Tanagers fell behind 14-10 after the opening period, trailed 24-23 at halftime, and then trailed 41-32 going into the final period.

"Our kids played hard tonight; we just didn't play very well," said coach Parish. "Missed lay-ups, missed box outs and silly mental mistakes hurt us over the course of the game. Defensively, we really needed a spark and just couldn't find it."

Vermillion saw its record fall to 7-8, while Canton upped its mark to 5-9. Vermillion sank 5 of 14 three-point tries and made 15 of 20 free throw attempts. The Tanagers made 17 of 44 from the field, while Canton was 21 of 54 from the field. Canton connected on 3 of 17 three-point tries and hit 12 of 19 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 22, Jackie Thomas, 10, Annie Carlson, 7, Allison Stewart, 5, Kat Redlin, 3, Melissa Olson, 3, Michelle Olson, 2, Annie Roche, 2. Rebounds � Carlson, 9, Redlin, 7. Assists � Carlson, 3, Bjorkman, 3. Steals � Bjorkman, 2. Individual Stats, Canton: Scoring � Brook Olson, 12, Chelsea Oppold, 11, Debbie Pederson, 10, Whitney Gord, 8, Jenny Rousch, 7, Jackie Schneller, 5, Nicole Harrison, 4. Rebounds � Pederson, 9, Oppold, 6. Assists � Olson, 4. Team rebounds: Vermillion-33, Canton-27. Team fouls: Vermillion-17, Canton-23.

Vermillion JV 59 � GV varsity 40

The Vermillion Tanagers rolled over the Gayville-Volin Raiders 59-40 in boys' basketball Feb. 8 at home. The Vermillion JV improved its record to 7-8.

"We got off to a slow start but once we got going the guys played well," said Vermillion JV Coach Rex Huska.

The Tanagers jumped in front 14-10 after the first quarter, led 37-22 after the second quarter, and then held a lead of 45-32 after the third period. The Gayville-Volin season mark fell to 0-16.

The Vermillion JV made 4 of 14 three-point tries and hit 3 of 10 free throw tries. The Tanagers sank 26 of 62 field goals, while Gayville-Volin was 13 of 35 from the field. Gayville-Volin sank 5 of 17 three-point tries and made 9 of 12 from the line. The Vermillion JV held a 39-24 edge on the boards.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � David Yutrzenka, 15, Rob Schaack, 12, Jason Holoch, 11, Jared Burcham, 7, Jeremy Yankton, 6, Dan Pearson, 4, Collin Prosser, 2, Nathan Scheidel, 2. Rebounds � Schaack, 8, Yankton, 7. Assists � Burcham, 6, Yankton, 3. Steals � Holoch, 4, Prosser, 3. Individual Stats, Gayville-Volin: Scoring � Matt Sarha, 22, Robby Ryan, 9, James Henderson, 4, Terry Bye, 2, Brian Bye, 2, Jeff Heier, 1. Rebounds � Heier, 6, Sarha, 6. Assists � Henderson, 2. Steals � Sarha, 3. Team fouls: Vermillion JV-14, Gayville-Volin-14.

Vermillion 32 � Dakota Valley 23

The Vermillion girls' varsity Tanagers downed the Dakota Valley Panthers 32-23 in basketball Feb. 11 at Dakota Valley as the winners led after each quarter.

"We didn't shoot the ball very well tonight; we had a lot of open shots that usually fall for us but they just wouldn't go," said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. "I was very pleased with our defensive effort."

The contest was well-played, with each team committing only 8 turnovers. The Tanagers led 8-3 after the opening period, went into the locker room up 17-9 at halftime, and then held a lead of 23-16 going into the fourth quarter. Vermillion improved its record to 8-8, while Dakota Valley dropped to 2-14.

Vermillion made 0 of 10 three-point attempts and connected on 10 of 18 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 11 of 41 field goal attempts, while Dakota Valley was 7 of 56 from the field. Dakota Valley connected on 0 of 3 three-point attempts and sank 9 of 18 from the line. A number of excellent individual efforts highlighted the win.

"Melissa Olson continues to improve," Coach Parish said. "She made some nice post moves and did a very nice job of rebounding for us. We are very excited to see her gain experience and confidence at this point in the season; she will be a great player for the remainder of the season and into the future of our program. Annie Carlson also showed some very positive steps for us. She is starting to communicate with her teammates and show more leadership on the floor."

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 6, Melissa Olson, 6, Annie Roche, 6, Michelle Olson, 4, Jackie Thomas, 3, Annie Carlson, 3, Allison Stewart, 2, Kat Redlin, 2. Rebounds � Melissa Olson, 10, Bjorkman, 8, Carlson, 8. Steals � Bjorkman, 2. Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Melissa Dillon, 11, Heidi Rosenbaum, 7, Megan Kahler, 2, Katie Rasmussen, 2, Ashley Farwell, 1. Rebounds � Dillon, 4, Kaitlin Hooks, 4. Team rebounds: Vermillion-40, Dakota Valley-36. Team fouls: Vermillion-15, Dakota Valley-17.

Vermillion 75 � Dakota Valley 50

The Vermillion Tanagers rolled over the Dakota Valley Panthers 72-50 in boys' basketball Feb. 11 at Dakota Valley. The Tanagers shot 51 percent from the field in the contest. Nick Olson scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The Tanagers jumped ahead 13-12 after the first quarter, led 39-25 at halftime, and then led 61-37 after the third period.

"We did a nice job defensively full court and caused turnovers," said Vermillion varsity Coach Jason Huska. "Offensively, we moved the ball well and got our kind of shots. We played unselfish tonight. Everyone got to play. Good win."

The Vermillion varsity improved its season mark to 8-8, while Dakota Valley fell to 2-14. Vermillion sank 6 of 14 three-point attempts and connected on 8 of 9 free throw tries. The Tanagers hit 29 of 57 field goal attempts, while Dakota Valley was 22 of 57 from the field. Dakota Valley hit 2 of 17 three-pointers and hit 4 of 4 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Nick Olson, 26, Jon Brooks, 13, Adam Brunick, 13, Jeff Brevik, 6, Dave Yutrzenka, 4, Nathan Boots, 2, Tyler Brown, 2, Rob Schaack, 2, Collin Prosser, 2, Nathan Scheidel, 2. Rebounds � Olson, 12, Brunick, 5. Assists � Boots, 5, Brown, 5, Brooks, 4. Steals � Brown, 3, Brevik, 3. Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Jeremy Gunnels, 18, Charlie Hildebrand, 10, Eric Sherick, 7, Alex Nelson, 6, Jesse Peterson, 4, Erick Halverson, 3, Kyle Coric, 2. Rebounds � Hildebrand, 7, Gunnels, 5. Assists � Nelson, 3, Halverson, 3. Steals � Sherick, 2. Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity-38, Dakota Valley-29. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity-11, Dakota Valley-8.

Vermillion 50 � Dakota Valley 39

The Vermillion Tanagers rallied in the second half and then pulled away to defeat the Dakota Valley Panthers 50-39 in boys basketball Feb. 11 at Dakota Valley. The Vermillion JV had trailed by three at halftime.

The Vermillion JV improved its record to 10-3. The Dakota Valley season mark fell to 0-10.

"Our first lead in the game was in the third quarter with 3:33 left," said Vermillion JV coach Rex Huska. "We went ahead 33-31. Our guards' play was an important factor in this win. They combined for 27 points.

The Vermillion JV held onto the win from the free throw line, making 20 of 36 charity tosses to 8 of 12 for Dakota Valley. The Panthers tried to keep things close from three-point range, hitting 5 of 10 from long distance.

The Tanagers fell behind 16-9 after the first quarter, but advantages of 12-8 and 13-8 in the second and third quarters gave them a lead of 34-32 going into the final period. The Tanagers made 14 of 34 from the field, while Dakota Valley was 15 of 41 from the field. The Tanagers had several fine individual efforts in the victory.

"We had a good 'team' effort in rebounding for the game," coach Huska said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Chris Teigen, 13, Ben Oberle, 11, Matt Preszler, 8, Nathan Scheidel, 7, Chad Teigen, 3, Kyle Mollet, 2, Dan Pearson, 2, Steve Foltz, 2, Jared Burcham, 1, Bobby Punt, 1. Rebounds � Mollet, 7, Preszler, 5. Assists � Preszler, 4, Burcham, 3. Steals � Mollet, 5, Chad T. 3. Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � John Pappas, 10, Alex Nelson, 10, Jesse Pearson, 9, Anthony Howard, 6, Erik Halvorson, 3, Zack LaFleur, 2. Rebounds � Howard, 4, Pearson, 3. Assists � Howard, 4. Steals � Pappas, 2. Team rebounds: Vermillion JV-31, Dakota Valley-21. Team fouls: Vermillion JV-11, Dakota Valley-23.

Vermillion 41 � Dakota Valley 22

The Vermillion junior varsity Tanagers pulled away in the second half to overcome the Dakota Valley Panthers 41-22 in girls' basketball Feb. 11 at Dakota Valley. Ellen Odson scored seven points, and made four assists and three steals.

"Ellen was our floor general out there," said Vermillion JV coach Kelly Knutson. "She took care of the ball and got it to her teammates for easy buckets."

The Tanagers took the lead 10-6 after the first quarter, and margins of 6-4 and 16-8 in the second and third quarters boosted the lead to 32-18 going into the final period. The Tanagers committed only 5 turnovers while forcing 30.

"Defensively, we tried some new things and the girls really put a great effort into it," said coach Knutson. "Twenty-one steals is proof enough to me that they were very aggressive."

The Vermillion JV improved its season mark to 5-6, while Dakota Valley fell to 2-9. The Vermillion JV sank 2 of 6 three-point tries and connected on 9 of 21 from the line. The Tanagers connected on 15 of 35 field goals, while Dakota Valley was 11 of 38 from the field. Dakota Valley sank 0 of 3 three-point attempts and hit 0 of 2 free throw attempts. Vermillion JV held a 32-20 edge on the boards.

Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win.

"Freshmen Brittany Babb and Michelle Olson each collected six rebounds in limited action," coach Knutson said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Kayla Mollet, 8, Ellen Odson, 7, Alecia O'Connor, 6, Kayla Heesch, 6, Heather Walker, 3, Michelle Olson, 3, Kelsie Austin, 2, Melissa Olson, 2, Natalie Johnson, 2. Rebounds � Brittany Babb, 6, Michelle Olson, 6. Assists � Odson, 4. Steals � O'Connor, 3, Michelle Olson, 3, Mollet, 3, Odson, 3. Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Carsta Simon, 6, Ashley Kovarna, 4, Kayla Petraz, 4, Leah Fehr, 2, Amy Gleason, 2, Jennifer Tague, 2, Brianne Krebe, 2. Rebounds � Gleason, 4. Assists � Fehr, 2. Team fouls: Vermillion JV-9, Dakota Valley-12.

Vermillion 26 � Dakota Valley 24

Vermillion's Randy Kabambi made two free throws in a one and one situation with 32 seconds left in the game as the Vermillion Tanagers rallied to edge the Dakota Valley Panthers 26-24 in boys' basketball Feb. 11 at Dakota Valley. The Vermillion freshman team had trailed by six going into the final period.

"Kabambi stole the ball and was fouled in the last half minute of the game," said Vermillion freshmen coach Mark Iverson of the clinching moment.

Kabambi scored 12 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and made three steals and two assists. Kyle Brunick scored five points, grabbed five rebounds, and made five assists and four steals.

"These two came up with big plays in the fourth quarter sharing four assists, three steals, and eight points," said coach Iverson.

The Tanagers fell behind 2-1 after the opening period, trailed 12-7 at halftime, and then trailed 19-13 going into the final period.

"We played a good fourth quarter but we didn't play well the first three quarters," said Coach Iverson. "We also gave them problems with the press."

The Vermillion freshman squad improved its season mark to 6-3, while Dakota Valley fell to 0-5. Vermillion sank 0 of 5 three-pointers and sank 4 of 10 from the line. The Tanagers sank 11 of 37 field goal attempts, while Dakota Valley was 9 of 29 from the field. Dakota Valley made 2 of 5 three-point tries and sank 0 of 1 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Randy Kabambi, 12, Kyle Brunick, 5, Mike Hanson, 4, Danny Redlin, 2, Danny Shen, 2, Mike Preszler, 1. Rebounds � Kabambi, 6, Hanson, 6. Assists � Brunick, 5, Hanson, 3. Steals � Brunick, 4, Kabambi, 3.Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen-26, Dakota Valley-20. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen-8, Dakota Valley-15.

Vermillion 38 � West Central 36

The Vermillion junior varsity Tanagers slipped by the West Central Trojans 38-36 in girls' basketball Feb. 13 at Hartford. Kayla Mollet scored 10 points, pulled down eight rebounds, and made three assists and four steals.

"Kayla performs admirably on the junior varsity," said Vermillion JV coach Kelly Knutson. "Hopefully, she can become a significant force on the varsity team in the future."

The Tanagers led 16-11 after the first quarter, led 26-23 at halftime, and then held a lead of 32-31 after the third quarter. "We had to survive a flurry of Trojan fouls in the final half minute, but Heather Walker's field goal proved to be the deciding factor," said coach Knutson.

The Vermillion JV improved its record to 7-6, while West Central dropped to 7-6. Vermillion connected on 0 of 3 three-point tries and sank 2 of 4 free throw tries. The Tanagers sank 18 of 37 field goal attempts, while West Central was 17 of 38 from the field. West Central hit 0 of 5 three-pointers and hit 2 of 7 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Kayla Mollet, 10, Melissa Olson, 10, Kelsie Austin, 4, Heather Walker, 4, Ellen Odson, 3, Ashlie Hofer, 2, Kaylee Heesch, 2, Alecia O'Connor, 2. Rebounds � Mollet, 8, Olson, 4. Assists � Mollet, 3. Steals � Mollet, 4, Hofer, 3. Individual Stats, West Central: Scoring � Kari Millage, 15, Sarah Tuthoff, 11, Amber Schmidt, 8, Lacey Haensel, 2. Rebounds � Millage, 5, Haensel, 4. Assists � Missy Baker, 5, Millage, 4. Team rebounds: Vermillion JV-24, West Central-20. Team fouls: Vermillion JV-8, West Central-9.

Vermillion 41 � West Central 33

The Vermillion freshman Tanagers defeated the West Central Trojans 41-33 in girls' basketball Feb. 13 at Hartford. The Tanagers shot 50 percent from the field for the game. Brittany Babb scored 13 points and pulled down four rebounds. Heather Walker poured in six points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made two assists.

The Tanagers jumped ahead 13-10 at the end of the first period, led 23-14 at halftime, and then led 32-23 after the third quarter.

"Our front line players scored the baskets while the guards supplied nine assists," said VHS girls' freshmen coach Ryan Heine.

The VHS girls' freshmen team improved its season mark to 5-3, while West Central fell to 3-5.

Vermillion sank 1 of 4 three-point attempts and made 2 of 4 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 19 of 38 from the field, while West Central was 12 of 41 from the field. West Central made 4 of 7 three-point attempts and hit 5 of 8 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, VHS girls' freshmen: Scoring � Brittany Babb, 13, Michelle Olson, 8, Heather Walker, 6, Ellen Odson, 5, Patricia Merrigan, 4, Annie Roche, 3, Kelsie Austin, 2. Rebounds � Walker, 11, Olson, 5. Assists � Prosser, 3. Steals � Paige Prosser, 2, Roche, 2. Individual Stats, West Central: Scoring � Rochelle Weber, 10, Megan Matthews, 10, Marissa Mueller, 5, Ashley Johnson, 4, Lindsay McMahon, 4. Rebounds � Johnson, 5, McMahon, 4. Assists � Mueller, 5. Steals � Mueller, 3. Team rebounds: VHS girls' freshmen-27, West Central-19. Team fouls: VHS girls' freshmen-9, West Central-3.

Vermillion 52 � West Central 74

The Vermillion varsity Tanagers were shot down by the West Central Trojans 74-52 in girls' basketball Feb. 13 at Hartford.

"Although the score doesn't show it we actually played fairly well in this ball game," said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. "The first quarter put us in a little bit of a hole and we spent the rest of the night trying to dig our way out. West Central is playing some of the best basketball in the state right now; we ran into a good team that is playing great basketball. Our team shot the ball much better and our defense was playing pretty well. We moved our feet and defended the ball forcing them into some tough shots, but they were relentless on the boards and earned themselves several second and third opportunities to score."

The Tanagers fell behind 15-5 after the first quarter, trailed 33-20 at halftime, and then trailed 52-35 going into the final period. Vermillion saw its record fall to 8-9, while West Central upped its mark to 14-3. Vermillion made 6 of 18 three-pointers and connected on 10 of 13 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 12 of 30 field goal attempts, while West Central was 27 of 53 from the field. West Central hit 3 of 12 three-point tries and connected on 11 of 16 free throw attempts.

The Tanagers had some good individual efforts despite the score. "Kayla Mollet was a definite bright spot," coach Parish said. "She has worked very hard on her game the past few weeks and gave us a spark off the bench. I cannot begin to describe how proud I am of her improvements. Jackie Thomas also did a nice job of defending Kira Mueller, keeping her from dribble penetrating our defense and really having to earn her baskets. Ashley Bjorkman played a good all around game for us again, scoring, rebounding and dishing out a team high six assists."

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 15, Jackie Thomas, 4, Annie Carlson, 7, Melissa Olson, 6, Kat Redlin, 4, Kayla Mollet, 4, Annie Roche, 2. Rebounds � Thomas, 6, Carlson, 6. Assists � Bjorkman, 6. Steals- Thomas, 2.

dividual Stats, West Central: Scoring � Ashley Snyder, 25, Liz Jarding, 13, Kira Mueller, 10, Kristen McMahon, 10, Melissa Snyer, 5, Whitney Hofer, 5, Emily Jarding, 4, Lacy Kaenszi, 2. Rebounds � A. Snyder, 9, M. Snyder, 9. Assists � Mueller, 9. Team rebounds: Vermillion-26, West Central-34. Team fouls:Vermillion-10, West Central-12.

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