Recap of Vermillion Tanager basketball season

Recap of Vermillion Tanager basketball season
Vermillion-55, Madison-46

The Vermillion Tanagers downed the Madison Bulldogs 55-46 in boys' basketball Feb. 3 at home as the winners led after each quarter.

The Vermillion freshmen broke into the victory column for the first time this season and are now 1-4.


"Everyone had a solid game," said Vermillion freshmen coach Eric VanLacken. "Our scoring was really balanced. We missed a lot of free throws, but made some big ones down the stretch."

The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only 9 turnovers and the Bulldogs committing only 8.

The Tanagers jumped in front 15-6 at the end of the first period, led 26-17 at halftime, and then led 38-26 going into the fourth quarter.

The Madison season mark fell to 9-4.

Vermillion freshmen made 2 of 6 three-pointers and made 17 of 45 from the line. The Tanagers made 18 of 48 from the field, while Madison was 18 of 49 from the field. Madison made 2 of 7 three-point tries and connected on 8 of 10 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Kyle Nemec, 13, Tony Thomas, 12, Tyler Johnson, 11, Blaine Olson, 8, Sam McBride, 6, Michael Oberle, 4, Tyler Steel, 1. Rebounds � Nemec, 16, Oberle, 6. Assists � Thomas, 3. Steals � Oberle, 2.

Individual Stats, Madison: Scoring �Tony Feigen, 15, Tristan Boyte, 9, Jeremy Jensen, 7, Jarrel Jenke, 6, Ryan Steffensen, 4, Justin Pederson, 3. Rebounds � Feigen,10. Assists � Taylor Jameson, 3. Steals � Steffensen, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen � 25, Madison � 26. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen �17, Madison � 30.

Vermillion-43, Madison-35

The Vermillion Tanagers were topped by the Madison Bulldogs 43-35 in boys' basketball Feb. 3 at home as the winners held the lead after each quarter.

"We didn't play well enough on both ends of the floor tonight to win," said Vermillion JV coach Jon Ruevers.

Vermillion JV lost the game from three-point range, making 2 of 8 from long range compared with 5 of 12 for Madison.

The Tanagers fell behind 9-5 after the opening period, trailed 17-12 at halftime, and then trailed 31-22 after the third period.

Vermillion JV saw its record fall to 4-6, while Madison upped its mark to 14-3.

Vermillion JV hit 9 of 11 free throw tries. The Tanagers hit 12 of 38 from the field, while Madison was 14 of 42 from the field. The Bulldogs connected on 10 of 15 from the line.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Mikal Ustad, 14, Broc Gauer, 13, Jackson Freidel, 4, Jordan Merrigan, 2, Andrew Pearson, 2. Rebounds � Freidel, 8, Ustad, 8. Assists � Gauer, 2, Freidel., 2. Steals � Gauer, 2.

Individual Stats, Madison: Scoring � Trevor Freet, 17, Chad White, 15, Kyle Maczienwski, 4, Nick Bird, 3, Andrew Strom, 2, Tony Fiegen, 2. Rebounds � White, 8, Fiegen, 5.SorensenAssists � Freet, 5. Steals � Freet, 2, Fiegen, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion JV � 30, Madison � 24. Team fouls: Vermillion JV� 13, Madison � 16.

Vermillion-43, Canton-49

The Vermillion JV Tanagers fell short in a fourth-quarter comeback and lost to the Canton C-Hawks 49-43 in girls' basketball Feb. 4 at Canton.

VHS had trailed by 12 after three periods.

"This was our best effort all year," said VHS coach Lenni Billberg. "We started slow but played them close."

The Tanagers trailed 12-6 after the first quarter, trailed 21-16 after the second period, and then trailed 36-24 after the third period.

The loss dropped VHS to a record of 3-6, while Canton improved to 4-5.

VHS sank 1 of 4 three-point attempts and connected on 6 of 15 from the line. The Tanagers hit 18 of 35 field goals, while Canton was 17 of 38 from the field. Canton sank 3 of 6 three-point attempts and made 12 of 23 from the line.

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Alexa Walker, 12, Brittni Stewart, 9, Sara Kjose, 8, Rachel Odens, 4, Brittany Bye, 3, Stacy Bottolfson, 3, Angie Christensen, 2, Justine Sorensen, 2. Rebounds � Stewart, 7, Bye, 6. Assists � Walker, 2, Christensen, 2. Steals � Kjose, 3.

Individual Stats, Canton: Scoring � Rachel Miller, 17, Lonnie Rasheim, 14, Rachel Hurley, 7, Steph Salwei, 6, Danae Huntinger, 2, Jessica Pederson, 2. Rebounds � Miller, 5. Assists � Freet, 5. Steals � Salwei, 3, Miller, 2.

Team rebounds: VHS � 21, Canton � 17. Team fouls: VHS � 21, Canton � 18.

Vermillion-32, Canton-27

The Vermillion Tanagers fell short in a fourth-quarter comeback and lost to the Canton C-Hawks 32-27 in girls' basketball Feb. 4 at Canton.

The Vermillion freshmen had trailed by 14 after three periods.

Justine Sorensen scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and made two steals and one block.

The Tanagers trailed 10-8 after the opening period, trailed 18-12 after the second quarter, and then trailed 28-14 after the third period.

The loss was aided by the Tanagers committing 20 turnovers.

"This was the girls' best game so far this year," said Vermillion freshmen coach Leah Bakke. "They were down by 14 in the third quarter, and worked very hard to get back in the game. Defensively, we need to get better, but offensively, we are coming along."

The Vermillion freshmen saw their record fall to 1-7, while Canton upped its mark to 6-2.

Vermillion made 0 of 1 three-point tries and connected on 7 of 18 free throw attempts. The Tanagers made 10 of 30 field goals, while Canton was 12 of 36 from the field. Canton hit 1 of 3 three-pointers and made 5 of 6 free throw tries.

The Tanagers had some excellent individual performances in defeat.

"Kayla Gale played great defense," coach Bakke said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Justine Sorensen, 7, Shannon Jepsen, 6, Brianna Brinkman, 5, Alexa Walker, 4, Annie Christensen, 3, Kayla Gale, 2. Rebounds � Sorensen, 10, Walker, 4. Steals � Brinkman, 3.

Individual Stats, Canton: Scoring � Jolcee Ulmer, 10, Noelle McManical, 10, Steph Miller, 6, Danae Huntsinger, 6. Rebounds � McManical, 9, Miller, 4. Steals �Ulmer, 4.

Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen � 20, Canton � 21. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen � 7, Canton � 16.

Vermillion-37, S.C. East-48

The Vermillion Tanagers were topped by the Sioux City East Black Raiders 48-37 in boys' basketball Feb. 4 at Sioux City, IA.

"We got beat up on the boards," said Vermillion JV coach Jon Ruevers. "We continued to give Sioux City East second and third opportunities to score."

The Tanagers jumped in front 9-7 after the first quarter, trailed 20-19 after the second period, and then trailed 34-24 after the third quarter.

The loss dropped Vermillion JV to a record of 4-8, while Sioux City East improved to 6-2.

Vermillion hit 5 of 10 from the line. The Tanagers sank 16 of 38 field goals, while Sioux City East was 18 of 58 from the field. Sioux City East made no three-point attempts and made 12 of 18 from the line.

Vermillion JV was out-rebounded 37-16.

Individual Stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Jordan Merrigan, 10, Jackson Freidel, 6, Broc Gauer, 4, Jerred Freidel, 4, Jessie Kirkpatrick, 3. Rebounds � Jordan Merrigan, 5, Jackson Freidel, 4. Assists � Broc Gauer, 3. Steals � Broc Gauer, 2.

Individual Stats, Sioux City East: Scoring � Andy Daugherty, 14, Dane Larson, 10, Austin Jacobs, 7, Sherrod Grant, 6, Blake Petrik, 4. Rebounds � Larson, 8, Daugherty, 7. Assists � Jacobs, 2. Steals � Grant, 3.

Team fouls: Vermillion JV � 14, Sioux City East � 16.

Vermillion-41, Gayville/Volin-12

The Vermillion Tanagers turned a close contest into a rout as they crushed the Gayville/Volin Raiders 41-12 in girls' basketball Feb. 6 at Gayville in a game where the Tanagers held the Raiders to only 5 field goals.

Angie Christensen scored nine points and made seven steals. Brianna Brinkman showed great hustle and contributed four points, four steals and four rebounds. Kayla Gale scored seven points and made four rebounds.

The Tanagers trailed 8-7 at the end of the first period, led 14-12 after the second period, and then led 29-12 after the third period.

"This was a total team effort," said Vermillion freshmen coach Leah Bakke. "Our defense was outstanding, shutting down Gayville/Volin in the second half. We had many steals which gave us great fast break looks. Angie played an exceptional game."

The Raiders record fell to 2-7. The Tanagers improved to 2-6.

Vermillion freshmen made 9 of 13 free throw attempts. The Tanagers connected on 16 of 42 from the field, while Gayville/Volin was 5 of 21 from the field. Gayville/Volin made no three-point attempts and made 2 of 4 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Sara Kjose, 9, Angie Christensen, 9, Becca Hawley, 6, Justine Sorensen, 6, Kayla Gale, 7, Brianna Brinkman, 4. Rebounds � Sorensen, 9, Hawley, 8. Assists � Kjose, 3. Steals � Christensen, 7.

Individual Stats, Gayville/Volin: Scoring � Shelly Bye, 4, Shelby Hansen, 4, Amelia Heier, 2, Kelsey Anderson, 2. Rebounds � Hansen, 4.

Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen � 26, Gayville/Volin � 16. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen � 9, Gayville/Volin � 9.

Vermillion-32, Gayville/Volin-49

The Vermillion JV Tanagers were downed by the Gayville/Volin Raiders 49-32 in girls' basketball Feb. 6 at Gayville.

The Tanagers fell behind 8-4 at the end of the first period, trailed 17-8 at halftime, and then trailed 28-16 going into the fourth quarter.

VHS saw its record fall to 1-11, while Gayville/Volin upped its mark to 3-9.

VHS hit 0 of 4 three-point tries and connected on 15 of 25 free throw tries. The Tanagers hit 11 of 46 from the field, while Gayville/Volin was 16 of 54 from the field. Gayville/Volin sank 0 of 6 three-point tries and sank 17 of 28 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Sara Kjose, 10, Alexa Walker, 8, Brittany Bye, 7, Justine Sorensen, 5, Margaret Mueller, 3, Brianna Brinkman, 2, Kayla Gale, 2. Rebounds � Brittni Stewart, 9, Bye, 6. Assists � Christensen, 2. Steals � Walker, 3.

Individual Stats, Gayville/Volin: Scoring � Emma Erickson, 13, Tara Nuss, 9, Kelly Bye, 8, Shelly Bye, 7, Ally Boetel, 6 Nikki Putnam, 6. Rebounds � Putnam, 8, Kelly Bye, 7. Assists � Nuss, 4. Steals � Erickson, 4.

Team rebounds: VHS � 38, Gayville/Volin � 34. Team fouls: VHS � 26, Gayville/Volin � 18.

Vermillion-24, Dakota Valley-43

The Vermillion JV Tanagers were defeated by the Dakota Valley Panthers 43-24 in girls' basketball Feb. 7 at North Sioux City.

The Tanagers trailed 13-4 at the end of the first period, trailed 22-14 at halftime, and then trailed 37-18 going into the final period.

The loss dropped VHS to a record of 1-12, while Dakota Valley improved to 6-4.

VHS made 0 of 3 three-pointers and made 4 of 7 from the line. The Tanagers sank 10 of 30 from the field, while Dakota Valley was 18 of 35 from the field. Dakota Valley connected on 0 of 4 three-pointers and connected on 7 of 15 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Sara Kjose, 4, Rachel Odens, 4, Brittni Stewart, 4, Kayla Gale, 4, Justine Sorensen, 4, Alexa Walker, 2, Angie Christensen, 2. Rebounds � Stewart, 6, Bye, 4, Odens, 4. Assists � Margaret Mueller, 3. Steals � Kjose, 3.

Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Katie Kappen, 10, Kristen Cook, 8, Brittni Rabbitt, 5, Maria Wolpert, 5, Holly Perryman, 5, Caitlin Steincamp, 4, Eileen Anthony, 1, Annie Hildebrand, 1, Nguyen Pham, 1. Rebounds � Cook, 6. Assists � Steincamp, 3. Steals � Rabbitt, 3.

Team rebounds: VHS � 17, Dakota Valley � 20. Team fouls: VHS � 14, Dakota Valley � 11.

Vermillion-17, Dakota Valley-23

The Vermillion Tanagers lost an upset bid against the Dakota Valley Panthers 23-17 in girls' basketball Feb. 7 at North Sioux City.

"We didn't come out ready to go tonight," said Vermillion freshmen coach Leah Bakke. "However, the girls have definitely improved and they are playing like a more mature, poised team."

The Tanagers fell behind 9-6 at the end of the first period, trailed 13-9 after the second period, and then trailed 17-11 after the third quarter.

The Vermillion freshmen saw their record fall to 3-6, while Dakota Valley upped its mark to 5-4.

Vermillion made 3 of 10 free throw attempts. The Tanagers connected on 7 of 24 from the field, while Dakota Valley was 11 of 26 from the field. Dakota Valley made 1 of 7 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Angie Christensen, 7, Kayla Gale, 4, Justine Sorensen, 2, Bryanna Brinkman, 2, Alexa Walker, 2. Rebounds � Hawley, 5. Steals � Christensen, 4.

Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Whitney Dunn, 11, Alex McCabe, 4, Annie Hilderbrand, 4, Hailey Perryman, 2, Nguyen Pham, 2. Rebounds � Dunn, 6. Steals � McCabe, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen � 12, Dakota Valley � 21. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen � 15, Dakota Valley � 14.

Vermillion-44, Dakota Valley-45

The Vermillion Tanagers lost to the Dakota Valley Panthers 45-44 in a tight overtime battle in boys' basketball Feb. 7 at North Sioux City.

The score was tied 32-32 after regulation.

The Tanagers played pretty well defensively.

The Tanagers trailed 11-6 after the first quarter, led 18-15 at halftime, and then led 27-21 after the third quarter.

"Free throws hurt us down the stretch," said Vermillion freshmen coach Eric VanLacken.

The loss dropped Vermillion freshmen to a record of 3-6, while Dakota Valley improved to 5-4.

Vermillion freshmen sank 4 of 6 three-point tries and hit 8 of 17 from the line. The Tanagers hit 16 of 36 field goals, while Dakota Valley was 14 of 35 from the field. Dakota Valley connected on 2 of 4 three-point attempts and connected on 15 of 20 free throw attempts.

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Kyle Nemec, 10, Michael Oberle, 8, Tony Thomas, 7, Sam McBride, 6, Blaine Olson, 5, Tyler Johnson, 3, Tyler Steele, 3. Rebounds � Oberle, 6, Nemec, 6. Assists � Thomas, 3. Steals � McBride, 2.

Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Kyle Hooks, 16, Brad Parwell, 12, Rich Michaelson, 10, Justin Straight, 7. Rebounds � Hooks, 6, Michaelson, 6. Assists � Straight, 3. Steals � Farwell, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen � 18, Dakota Valley � 20. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen � 14, Dakota Valley �16.

Vermillion-33, Dakota Valley-34

The Vermillion Tanagers lost a tough one to the Dakota Valley Panthers 34-33 in boys' basketball Feb. 7 at South Sioux City.

"We dug ourselves too big of a hole at the start of the game," said Vermillion JV coach Jon Ruevers.

The Tanagers fell behind 11-2 after the first quarter, but advantages of 6-4 and 14-9 in the second and third quarters sliced the deficit to only 24-22 going into the final period.

Vermillion saw its record fall to 4-9, while Dakota Valley upped its mark to 6-8.

Vermillion sank 3 of 5 three-point attempts and sank 6 of 8 from the line. The Tanagers sank 12 of 35 from the field, while Dakota Valley was 14 of 36 from the field. Dakota Valley hit 0 of 3 three-point tries and made 6 of 8 free throw attempts.

Individual stats, Vermillion JV: Scoring � Jackson Freidel, 10, Jerred Freidel, 9, Jordan Merrigan, 6, Broc Gauer, 3, Mikel Ustad, 2, Andrew Pearson, 2. Rebounds � Gauer, 5, Jackson Freidel, 4. Assists � Gauer, 6. Steals � Gauer, 4.

Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Andrew Cork, 8, Kasey Trudeau, 6, Jarrod Wall, 6, Michael Broll, 6, Mark Mahnke, 4, Max Corran, 2, Blake Anderson, 2. Rebounds � Wall, 6, Cork, 5. Assists � Corran, 3. Steals � Trudeau, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion JV � 17, Dakota Valley � 23. Team fouls: Vermillion JV � 9, Dakota Valley � 11.

Vermillion-45, West Central-34

The Vermillion JV Tanagers pulled away in the last stanza to top the West Central Trojans 45-34 in girls' basketball Feb. 9 at Vermillion.

VHS had led by only five heading into the final quarter.

This was the Tanager JV's first victory in 2006. VHS now has a record of 2-11, while West Central fell to 2-13.

"All guards came to play tonight. They handled the ball better than they have all year," said VHS coach Lenni Billberg.

The teams were deadlocked 8-8 after the first quarter, the Tanagers went into the locker room up 21-17 at halftime, and then led 33-28 going into the final period.

VHS held onto the win from the free throw line, making 18 of 24 charity tosses to 6 of 18 for West Central.

"This was our best total team effort," said coach Billberg. "We had the lowest turnover rate of the year."

VHS sank 1 of 3 three-pointers. The Tanagers made 13 of 36 from the field, while West Central was 13 of 25 from the field. West Central sank 2 of 4 three-point tries.

The Tanagers had several fine individual efforts in the victory.

"Margo Mueller laid it on the line for the team and the victory," coach Billberg said. "Sarah Kjose played her best defense of the year. Brittni Stewart and Brittany Bye commanded the boards."

Individual stats, VHS: Scoring � Alexa Walker, 15, Sara Kjose, 11, Margo Mueller, 8, Rachel Odens, 7, Brittni Stewart, 3, Brittany Bye, 1. Rebounds � Bye, 6, Mueller, 5. Assists � Mueller, 3. Steals � Kjose, 3.

Individual Stats, West Central: Scoring � Laura Liesinger, 8, Courtney Mallinger, 6, Casey Wolles, 5, Kelly Lowry, 4, Atlanta Sechser, 4, Chelsea Miles, 4, Sarah White, 2, Karin Kroon, 1. Rebounds � Miles, 5, Kroon, 5. Assists � Sechser, 3. Steals � Miles, 3.

Team rebounds: VHS � 28, West Central � 19. Team fouls: VHS � 18, West Central � 20.

Vermillion-13, Dakota Valley-23

The Vermillion Tanagers were downed by the Wagner Red Raiders 23-13 in girls' basketball Feb. 13 at Wagner as the winners held the lead after each quarter.

"We did not come ready to play tonight," said Vermillion freshmen coach Leah Bakke. "We played with lack of hustle and desire. Angie Christensen's absence really decreased our defensive effectiveness."

The Tanagers fell behind 8-3 at the end of the first period, trailed 12-8 after the second period, and then trailed 17-8 after the third period.

The loss dropped Vermillion freshmen to a record of 2-8, while Wagner improved to 7-5.

Vermillion hit 2 of 3 three-pointers and hit 1 of 2 from the line. The Tanagers hit 5 of 19 field goal attempts, while Wagner was 9 of 26 from the field. Wagner made 0 of 2 three-pointers and made 4 of 12 free throw tries.

Although defeated, the Tanagers had a number of fine individual efforts.

"Over the course of the year, this team improved a great deal, and they were a fun bunch of girls," coach Bakke said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion freshmen: Scoring � Kayla Gale, 6, Stacy Bottolfson, 5, Alexa Walker, 2. Rebounds � Gale, 4. Steals � Gale, 3.

Individual Stats, Wagner: Scoring � Jolene Doome, 10, Mary Kocer, 4, Alaina Cuka, 3, Courtney Krail, 2, Jenny Eggers, 2, Keny Weber, 2. Rebounds � Doome, 6, Cuka, 4.

Team rebounds: Vermillion freshmen � 10, Wagner � 21. Team fouls: Vermillion freshmen � 14, Wagner � 7.

Vermillion-45, West Central-34

The Vermillion Tanagers were defeated by the West Central Trojans 33-22 in girls' basketball Feb. 9 at home as the winners held the lead after each quarter.

The Tanager freshmen fell behind 7-6 at the end of the first period, trailed 11-10 after the second quarter, and then trailed 22-18 after the third quarter.

Vermillion saw its record fall to 3-6, while West Central upped its mark to 9-6.

Vermillion connected on 0 of 2 three-point attempts and made 4 of 10 from the line. The Tanagers hit 9 of 30 field goal attempts, while West Central was 14 of 35 from the field. West Central connected on 1 of 3 three-pointers and made 4 of 8 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Justine Sorensen, 13, Alexa Walker, 5, Becca Hawley, 4. Rebounds � Sorensen, 5, Hawley, 4. Assists � Brianna Brinkman, 3. Steals � Sorensen, 4, Kayla Gale, 4.

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