Tanager JV girls fall by 1 in overtime play

Tanager JV girls fall by 1 in overtime play
The Vermillion Tanagers lost to the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers 36-35 in an overtime thriller in girls' basketball Jan. 24.

The score was tied 27-27 after regulation.

Alexa Walker scored 16 points and grabbed rebounds. Margaret Mueller added six points, three steals, three assists and two rebounds.

"Alexa played her best game of the season," said Vermillion JV coach Lenni Billberg. "Margaret has worked hard to improve her floor image."

The Tanagers led 10-9 after the first quarter, trailed 19-15 at halftime, and then led 23-19 going into the final period.

The loss was aided by the Tanagers committing 20 turnovers.

"Our overall improvement comes from hard work and concentration," said coach Ruevers. "We still need to cut down on turnovers. Still, I'm pleased with the recovery from the Lennox fiasco!"

Vermillion saw its record fall to 1-7, while Sioux City North upped its mark to 5-3.

Vermillion sank 0 of 3 three-point tries and made 1 of 5 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 17 of 39 from the field, while Sioux City North was 14 of 42 from the field. Sioux City North hit 0 of 4 three-point attempts and hit 8 of 12 free throw tries.

Individual stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Alexa Walker, 16, Margaret Mueller, 6, Sara Kjose, 2, Stacey Bottolfson, 2, Rachel Odens, 2, Brittany Bye, 2, Brianna Brinkmann, 1, Angie Christensen, 2, Becca Hawley, 1. Rebounds � Walker, 6, Odens, 5, Bye, 5. Assists � Mueller, 3. Steals � Mueller, 3.

Individual Stats, Sioux City North: Scoring � Alex Brower, 10, Kelli Brands, 9, Jenni Bolkema, 4, Kelsey VanPeursem, 4, Jenna VandeKamp, 3, Carrie VandeKamp, 2, Marie De Groot, 2, Jacklyn Punt, 2. Rebounds � Brower, 7, Punt, 6. Assists � Brands, 2. Steals � Brands, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion JV � 24, Sioux City North � 26. Team fouls: Vermillion JV � 12, Sioux City North � 15.

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