VHS had led by two at halftime.
The season-opening loss gave the VHS girls varsity a record of 0-1 while HHS moved to 1-0.
"Our kids did a lot of things pretty well tonight, as a staff we are happy with our performance for a first game," said VHS coach Jamie Parish. "Defensively, we got into some early foul trouble that caused us to play more zone that we would like to and gave them a lot of three point opportunities. To Harrisburg's credit, they knocked them down. Later in the season we have more defensive looks to show but this early we were limited with our options and due to the foul trouble we were not able to try out any of our full court pressure defenses."
The Tanagers fell behind 15-12 at the end of the first period, went into the locker room up 30-28 at halftime, and then trailed 51-45 going into the final period.
VHS connected on 8 of 22 three-point attempts and connected on 8 of 22 free throw attempts. The Tanagers connected on 20 of 50 field goal attempts, while HHS was 22 of 58 from the field. HHS made 8 of 25 three-pointers and connected on 13 of 24 from the line.
The Tanagers had some excellent individual performances in defeat.
"Offensively, we showed a lot of individual promise although it still needs some polish," coach Parish said. "Annie Roche had an outstanding game scoring 19 points and dishing out seven assists. Alicia Brown and Chelsea Gauer played quite well, too, making five 3-pointers between them and 11 rebounds. Although Michelle Olson didn't shoot the basketball as well as she will over the course of the year, she played outstanding defense and hauled in nine rebounds.
"Paige Prosser and Krista Froke showed a great deal of improvement from last year; defensively they both did a nice job of playing within our scheme and offensively moved the ball well within the floof of our possessions. They will continue to improve as the year goes on. Before Christmas we will see two teams that are ranked in the top 10 to give us an idea of what we do well and what we may need to work on," he said.
Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Annie Roche, 19, Alicia Brown, 16, Chelsea Gauer, 11, Michelle Olson, 5, Paige Prosser, 3, Brittany Bye, 2. Rebounds � Olson, 9. Assists � Roche, 7. Steals � Krista Froke, 4, Brown, 3.
Individual Stats, HHS: Scoring � Allison Bierle, 22, Danielle DeMent, 13, Ashley DeMent, 10, Molly Hayes, 10, Stacy Van Ekeren, 5, Alex Draisey, 3, Bobbi Becker, 2. Rebounds � Van Ekeren, 8, Bierle, 8. Steals � A. DeMent, 3.
Team rebounds: VHS � 34, HHS � 36. Team fouls: VHS � 22, HHS � 13.