Great passing helps VJHS 8th-grade girls top South Central

The Vandalia eighth-grade girls basketball team was in a sharing mood Monday night.

And thanks in large part to the team’s pass-first approach, the Junior Vandals cruised to a 26-8 victory over South Central at VJHS.

Vandalia wound up recording assists on 10 of its 11 field goals. Amber Bruno was especially fond of setting up teammates – particularly Hannah Edwards – as four of her team-high five assists came on Edwards buckets.

Edwards returned the favor during an impressive 12-0 Vandalia run to start the game, as Bruno scored the first two of her game-high 11 points off an Edwards pass in transition.

Bruno was also outstanding on the defensive end, grabbing a team-high five steals, setting up a number of easy transition buckets in the process.

Edwards also finished in double figures with 10 points. She grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while blocking two shots and coming away with two steals.

Haley Wollerman added three points, three rebounds and two steals, while Abby Hickerson had two points, three rebounds and two assists.

Hannah Coney chipped in three of the Junior Vandals’ 12 steals, to go along with three rebounds and an assist. Bruno also grabbed three rebounds for the Junior Vandals (7-7).

Last Thursday’s Game

Vandalia 28, Greenville 22, Overtime

Hickerson and Coney scored four points apiece in overtime to help Vandalia pull out a thriller on the road.

Wollerman led the way offensively with 12 points, while Coney finished with seven. Hickerson did all of her scoring in the extra period.

Edwards chipped in four, while Bruno rounded out Vandalia’s scoring with a point.

Last Tuesday’s Game

Litchfield 23, Vandalia 18

Wollerman had six points, but Vandalia struggled offensively in a home loss to Litchfield.

Bruno and Edwards added four points apiece, while Hickerson and Alex Henna had two apiece.

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