Vermillion falls at Ladybird Classic by Jim Prosser The Tanager girls' varsity lost to Milbank 52-48 Jan. 11 at Lennox in the first round of the The Ladybird Classic.
Ashley Bjorkman scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Jackie Thomas contributed 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.
The Tanagers trailed 14-9 at the end of the first period, trailed 22-17 after the second period, and then trailed 38-33 after the third period.
Vermillion lost the game from three-point range, making 3 of 10 from long range compared with 6 of 12 for Milbank.
"We didn't have our best game tonight," said Vermillion Coach Jamie Parish. "Milbank has a pretty good team; they shot the ball well and really caused us some problems on the offensive glass. Our team needs to do a better job of boxing out so we can move on to the next step.
"We got ourselves down right away in the first quarter and had to battle back the entire game. Again we made things exciting right up until the end, dropping another close game," the coach said.
The loss dropped Vermillion to a record of 3-6, while Milbank improved to 4-3.
Vermillion made 13 of 14 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 16 of 35 field goal attempts, while Milbank was 19 of 40 from the field. Milbank hit 8 of 14 free throw attempts.
Even with the loss, the Tanagers had several good individual efforts.
"We have been in every game that we played, against some very good opponents and lesser opponents the like," coach Parish said. "We need to get our kids over the hump and start doing things in the fourth quarter to finish games. The next few weeks are going to determine how resilient our kids are.
"We have some tough games with some ranked teams in the area to compete with including some games against district and regional opponents that are very important for us to play well," he said.
Individual Stats, Vermillion:
Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 15, Jackie Thomas, 10, Annie Carlson, 8, Melissa Olson, 6, Kat Redlin, 4, Allison Stewart, 3, Michelle Olson, 2.
Rebounds � Bjorkman, 13, Thomas, 6, Redlin, 6. Assists � Thomas, 4, Annie Roche, 4. Steals � Carlson, 2.
Individual Stats, Milbank:
Scoring � Steph Nygaard, 11, Bryttney Cook, 11, Leah Kouba, 7, Katie Graybour, 7, Abby Johnson, 6, Holly Frobner, 6, Nina Harstead, 4.
Rebounds � Graybow, 7, Cook, 6. Assists � Kouba, 4. Steals � Nygaard, 2.
Team rebounds: Vermillion � 23, Milbank � 19.
Team fouls: Vermillion � 14, Milbank � 13.