Vermillion Tanagers nipped by Red Raiders

Vermillion Tanagers nipped by Red Raiders by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers lost a second-half lead and were nipped by the Wagner Red Raiders 43-42 in girls' basketball Jan. 28 at home.

Vermillion had led by two at halftime.

Eighth-grader Chelsea Gauer proved that she could play at this level.

"We made a lot of mental mistakes that hurt us in the end," said Vermillion girls' freshman coach Ryan Heine.

The Tanagers trailed 15-13 after the first quarter, led 23-21 at halftime, and then trailed 29-27 after the third quarter.

"We played aggressive until the last 16 seconds, then it came down to who more wanted a win," said coach Heine.

Vermillion saw its record fall to 3-1, while Wagner upped its mark to 4-2.

Vermillion connected on 0 of 2 three-point attempts and made 6 of 11 free throw attempts. The Redbirds connected on 18 of 35 field goal attempts, while Wagner was 15 of 33 from the field. Wagner connected on 0 of 1 three-point tries and hit 13 of 19 from the line.

Even with the loss, the Tanagers had several good individual efforts.

"Michelle Olson played a position that she normally doesn't, but it proved how valuable she is anywhere on the court," Coach Heine said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Heather Walker, 11, Michelle Olson, 11, Paige Prosser, 6, Patricia Merrigan, 6, Annie Roche, 6, Hannah Pommersheim, 2. Rebounds � Walker, 4, Michelle O., 3, Annika Schol, 3. Assists � Chelsea Gauer, 3. Steals � Roche, 3.

Individual Stats, Wagner: Scoring � C.J. Kreil, 12, Janae Jaeger, 10, Michelle Cuka, 8, Krystal Cihak, 4, Brittany Stone, 3, Kaitlin Goter, 2, Jenaice Doom, 2, Kara Schroeder, 2. Rebounds � Kreil, 4, Doom, 4. Assists � Doom, 2. Steals � Jaeger, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion-20, Wagner-15. Team fouls: Vermillion-17, Wagner-15.

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