Kjose led Tanagers in 3-point field goals By Parker Knox
Sportswriter The Vermillion High girls basketball program loses only one senior to graduation from this past season's team, but one particular area where returning Tanagers will have to take up the slack in replacing Sara Kjose is in three-point field goals. Kjose was far and away the team's leading three-point artist, making 25 of her 90 attempts from behind the arc for a 27.8 percent average. Only one other player was remotely close to Kjose both in attempts and success. Sierra Allen attempted 49 three-pointers, swishing 16 of them for a 32.7 percent average. Kjose was the team's third-high scorer with 123 points – 75 on her threes, 38 on two-point baskets and 10 on free throws. She was also one of the Tanagers' three leaders in steals with 27 while Allen had 28 and Hannah Nehlich-Arobba also swiped 27. Freshman Kelly Amundson proved to be a force with whom to be reckoned in her three remaining varsity seasons. She was the team's leader in field goals made with 50, and her percentage made, 42.7, led all of the starters. Amundson also had the most offensive rebounds, 48, and the most defensive boards, 49, thus making her the team's overall leading board-crasher with 97, an average of 5.1 per game. Allen was close behind in total rebounds, 93, grabbing 77 of them on the defensive boards. The next three best rebounders were Hannah Nehlich-Arobba with 64, her sister Sophie with 52 and Kayla Munger with 48. Allen and Hannah Nehlich-Arobba led the team in assists with 29, and Sophie was right behind with 28. Allen had by far the most free-throw opportunities, 84, and sank 55 of them for a 65.5 percent clip. Hannah Nehlich-Arobba with 73.9 percent success, had the best free-throw percentage among the starters, making 34 of 46 shots. Following Allen's team-high 165 points scored (an average of 8.25 per game) were Hannah Nehlich-Arobba with 135 points, Amundson 134, Kjose 123, Sophie Nehlich-Arobba 97, Lexi Regnerus 38, Ashley Ouellette 38, Munger 36, Morgan Erickson 28, Valerie Robinson 25, Kenzi Huska five, Sami Girard two and Claire Jones one. Coach Jamie Parish's varsity Tanagers, rebuilding after two successive state tournament seasons with veteran players, won three games, besting the Norfolk JVs, Beresford and West Central, while losing 17 times. Eight of those 17 defeats were by seven points or less.