Tanager comeback falls short

Tanager comeback falls short by Jim Prosser The Vermillion varsity Tanagers fell just short in a furious second-half rally and were downed by the Lennox Orioles 37-31 in girls' basketball Jan. 23 at Lennox after falling prey to a first-quarter blitz.

Vermillion had trailed by 19 going into the final period.

"Lennox is a great team; they played very good defense and we played poor offensively which made for a rather lopsided game for three-and-a-half quarters," said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. "With 4:15 left in the game, we were down 31-12. With nothing left to lose our kids started to play loose and shots started to fall.

"We made five 3-pointers in the last part of the game to cut the lead to 4 with just over a minute left in the game. After that run we spent a good amount of our energy and couldn't complete the comeback," he said. "When the game was really tight we missed some free throws to stretch the game out and finish us off. We have a lot of kids that have some offensive ability but we seem to run into long stretches where we just fail to put the ball in the basket."

The Tanagers fell behind 14-2 after the opening period, trailed 21-9 after the second quarter, and then trailed 31-12 after the third quarter.

The loss dropped Vermillion to a record of 3-7, while LHS improved to 11-2.

Vermillion sank 5 of 19 three-point tries and connected on 6 of 12 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 10 of 56 from the field, while LHS was 13 of 26 from the field. LHS made 1 of 4 three-pointers and hit 10 of 17 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Annie Roche, 10, Jackie Thomas, 7, Annie Carlson, 6, Michelle Olson, 3, Melissa Olson, 2, Heather Walker, 2, Kayla Mollet, 1. Rebounds � Michelle Olson, 9. Assists � Carlson, 3. Steals � Thomas, 3, Melissa O., 3, Carlson, 3.

Individual Stats, LHS: Scoring � Rachel Poppinga, 13, Jerika Ihnen, 10, Katie Letsche, 5, Lindsay Buthe, 5, Kristin Wheeldryer, 2, Paige Fossum, 1, Leah Howes, 1. Rebounds � Buthe, 10, Poppinga, 9. Assists � Buthe, 3. Steals � Letche, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion � 21, LHS � 27. Team fouls: Vermillion � 15, LHS � 17.

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