Tanager freshmen rally to defeat Gayville-Volin

Tanager freshmen rally to defeat Gayville-Volin by Jim Prosser The Vermillion girls' freshman Tanagers rallied to down the Gayville-Volin Raiderettes 47-40 in basketball Feb. 18 at Vermillion.

Vermillion had trailed by one going into the final period.

Michelle Olson played a tough post position that gave her chances outside.

"Michelle is one of our leaders and she used that role to get a victory," said VHS girls' freshman coach Ryan Heine.

Vermillion jumped ahead 10-4 after the first quarter, but was outscored 12-9 in the second period and 12-8 in the third to trail 28-27 going into the final period.

"We all played well, even with the different gaps in age," said coach Heine.

Vermillion improved its record to 7-3, while Gayville-Volin dropped to 3-6.

Vermillion connected on 0 of 2 three-point tries and made 5 of 9 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 21 of 43 field goals, while Gayville-Volin was 13 of 46 from the field. Gayville-Volin made 1 of 4 three-pointers and made 13 of 25 free throw attempts.

Several individual efforts helped in the win.

"Annika Sjolie hit the offensive rebounds to put up some good points," coach Heine said.

Individual Stats, VHS girls' freshmen: Scoring � Brittany Babb, 8, Annie Roche, 8, Brittni Stewart, 6, Paige Prosser, 5, Heather Walker, 5, Michelle Olson, 5, Anika Sjolie, 4, Patricia Merrigan, 2, Chelsee Gauer, 2, Alisha O'Connor, 2. Rebounds � Sjolie, 5, Walker, 5, Babb, 5. Assists � Prosser, 7. Steals � Prosser, 3, Roche, 3.

Individual Stats, Gayville-Volin: Scoring � Brooke Hemmer, 13, Emma Erickson, 9, Kelly Jensen, 5, Hillary Barta, 5, Jenny Huether, 4, Tallie Schnell, 2, Kelly Bye, 2. Rebounds � Huether, 6, Jensen, 5. Assists � Erickson, 3. Steals � Erickson, 2.

Team rebounds: VHS girls' freshmen-31, Gayville-Volin � 26. Team fouls: VHS girls' freshman-22, Gayville-Volin � 16.

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