Tanager JV falls to Harrisburg 40-18

Tanager JV falls to Harrisburg 40-18
The Vermillion JV Tanagers were downed by Harrisburg 40-18 in girls basketball Dec. 8 at Vermillion.

The season-opening loss gave VHS a record of 0-1 while HHS moved to 1-0.

"Our girls at the JV level will have some things to work on during the year," said VHS coach Lenni Billberg. "Our perimeter players need to improve on handling the basketball and decision making so that we can get into an offensive rhythm."

The loss was aided by the Tanagers committing 21 turnovers.

The Tanagers fell behind 11-3 at the end of the first period, trailed 23-7 after the second quarter, and then trailed 35-15 going into the fourth quarter.

VHS connected on 0 of 3 three-point attempts and hit 4 of 11 from the line. The Tanagers connected on 7 of 25 field goal attempts, while HHS was 16 of 32 from the field. HHS sank 1 of 3 three-point attempts and hit 5 of 12 free throw attempts.

Although defeated, the Tanagers had some individual bright spots.

"Rachel Odens and Brittany Bye showed some promise scoring 9 and 11 rebounds between them in only two quarters of action," coach Billberg said. "Defensively, we are learning to work together as a unit. Defense does not look very good at the JV level until later in the year. It takes time for our freshmen to learn our defensive schemes and rotations and then mesh that together with the upperclassmen that we are playing with. We have some kids in that group that have been working very hard and fully expect it to show on the floor before too long."

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Rachel Odens, 5, Stacy Bottolfson, 4, Brittany Bye, 4, Angie Christensen, 2, Brianna Brinkmann, 2, Becca Hawley, 1. Rebounds � Bye, 11, Odens, 9.

Individual Stats, HHS: Scoring � Mikaela Sechser, 9, Allison Vos, 13, Jenni Poppinga, 6, Renae Christensen, 4, Carrie Sahr, 2, Nora Gackle, 2, Jessi Harris, 3, Taya Sandman, 1. Rebounds � Vos, 8, Poppinga, 8. Steals � Sechser, 3.

Team rebounds: VHS � 25, HHS � 20. Team fouls: VHS � 11, HHS � 17.

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