Dakota Valley defeats Tanagers at EP-J Classic

Dakota Valley defeats Tanagers at EP-J Classic by Jim Prosser The Vermillion varsity Tanagers were defeated by Dakota Valley 44-35 in girls' basketball Dec. 13 at the Elk Point-Jefferson Classic in Elk Point.

"Our girls played extremely hard today, as coaches we are so pleased with the entire team effort," said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. "One of the bumps in the road that we are having right now is understanding and performing our roles on the team. Even with all of our experience that returns we are going to have some 'growing pains' for a few weeks just getting everyone on the same page.

As coaches, we are still adjusting substitution patterns to find out which player combinations work the best together," he said. "As a team, we are doing a much better job of rebounding, we are keeping our opponents off the offensive boards."

The Tanagers jumped ahead 11-8 after the opening period, the score was 18-18 after the second period, and the Tanagers trailed 31-24 going into the final period.

The loss dropped Vermillion to a record of 1-1, while Dakota Valley improved to 1-0.

Vermillion connected on 0 of 10 three-point tries and made 15 of 27 free throw tries. The Tanagers sank 10 of 46 field goal attempts, while Dakota Valley was 17 of 55 from the field. Dakota Valley made 1 of 7 three-point tries and made 9 of 24 free throw attempts.

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

"Annie Carlson has played two very good games so far this year; she scores, rebounds and handles the ball for us when we need it; anything that we need she has been willing to do," coach Parish said. "We are very pleased with her improvements from last year and look forward to more.

"Melissa and Michelle Olson both played very well against Dakota Valley working hard at both ends of the floor and they really are starting to show how well they can play. Our downfall today was taking care of the little things. We made mental mistakes at crucial parts of the game, missed lay-ups and free throws. The positive part of this is that we still played hard and with three minutes left we had the lead cut to 5 with a chance to get back in.

"A lot of credit goes to coach Rosenbaum and the way he coached his team. For being only their first game he had them very well prepared to handle our kids and cause us match up problems," coach Parish said. "We have a team with a great deal of potential right now. Our goal is to keep improving and get the most out of all of that potential so we can be ready to make a run at our district opponents in February."

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Annie Carlson, 11, Melissa Olson, 10, Michelle Olson, 9, Kayla Mollet, 2, Jackie Thomas, 2, Annie Roche, 1. Rebounds � Michelle Olson, 8, Melissa Olson, 8. Assists � Thomas, 3. Steals � Thomas, 8.

Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Megan Kahler, 10, Heidi Rosenbaum, 6, Ashley Farwell, 6, Renae Keppen, 6, Katie Rasmussen, 6, Kaitlyn Hooks, 4, Laura Hildebrand, 4. Rebounds � Keppen, 10, Rasmussen, 6. Assists � Kahler, 3. Steals � Farwell, 4.

Team rebounds � Vermillion-33, Dakota Valley � 40. Team fouls � Vermillion-19, Dakota Valley � 15.

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