Tanager girls escape Alcester-Hudson

Tanager girls escape Alcester-Hudson
The Vermillion Tanagers girls' junior varsity held on in the second half to escape an upset bid and top the Alcester-Hudson Cubs 30-25 in basketball Dec. 13 at Vermillion.

Vermillion had led by 13 at halftime.

The win gave Vermillion a record of 1-1 while Alcester-Hudson fell to 0-1.

Stacy Bottolfson scored six points and made five steals. Margaret Mueller made five assists and four steals.

The Tanagers led 6-4 after the opening period, went into the locker room up 18-5 at halftime, and then led 26-15 after the third period.

Vermillion won the game from the field, making only 2 of 4 charity tosses compared with 12 of 26 for Alcester-Hudson.

"We improved over our first game, but we still need to learn how to react to pressure and finish with successful free throw shooting," said coach Lenni Billberg.

Vermillion sank 1 of 7 three-point attempts. The Tanagers connected on 12 of 38 field goal attempts, while Alcester-Hudson was 4 of 10 from the field. Alcester-Hudson made 0 of 0 three-pointers.

The close win had several contributors to the cause.

"Off the bench heroics can be credited to Brianna Brinkman, who scored two 3-pointers, and Brittni Stewart, who made six rebounds," coach Billberg said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Stacy Bottolfson, 6, Brianna Brinkman, 6, Margaret Mueller, 4, Sarah Kjose, 4, Rachel Odens, 4, Brittni Stewart, 4, Brittany Bye, 2. Rebounds � Stewart, 6, Bye, 4. Assists � Mueller, 3. Steals � Bottolfson, 5, Mueller, 4.

Individual Stats, Alcester-Hudson: Scoring � Emily Beeler, 12, Mallory Schempp, 4, Kayla Halvorson, 4, Megan Wood, 4, Julia Brown, 1. Rebounds � Brown, 7, Schempp, 4. Steals � Beeler, 2.

Team rebounds, Vermillion: � 22, Alcester-Hudson � 17. Team fouls: Vermillion � 14, Alcester-Hudson � 11.

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