Tanagers can’t keep pace with Madison team; varsity girls lose 49-33

Tanagers can't keep pace with Madison team; varsity girls lose 49-33 by Jim Prosser The Vermillion varsity Tanagers were defeated by Madison 49-33 in girls' basketball Jan. 13 at Madison as the winners held the lead after each quarter.

"The girls didn't play very well tonight; we could make several different excuses as to why, but it really amounts to playing hard and playing smart," said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. "We have too many good basketball players on this team to not be winning some games."

The Tanagers trailed 16-6 after the opening period, trailed 29-18 at halftime, and then trailed 41-21 after the third quarter.

The Vermillion season mark fell to 2-5.

Vermillion hit 2 of 10 three-pointers and sank 7 of 13 free throw attempts. The Tanagers connected on 12 of 37 field goal attempts, while MHS was 18 of 51 from the field. MHS sank 0 of 4 three-point attempts and sank 13 of 18 from the line.

Vermillion was outrebounded 36-23.

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

"Annie Roche and Annie Carlson were bright spots tonight," coach Parish said. "Roche played much more aggressively in the absence of Jackie Thomas, which was nice to see. She is calling for the ball and taking on a leadership role that we really need.

"Carlson did a little bit of everything for us again, some rebounding, calling our sets out, and even playing the point guard for a short time while we gave our other perimeters a break," he added.

"She really put the team above herself with her willingness to play a different role every night. If we want to improve, our team needs to start doing the little things that we talk about every day in practice," he said.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Annie Roche, 9, Melissa Olson, 6, Michelle Olson, 5, Ellen Odson, 4, Annie Carlson, 3, Kayla Mollet, 2, Alisha O'Connor, 2, Brandee Bolman, 2. Rebounds � Carlson, 6. Assists � Roche, 2, Carlson, 2. Steals � Michelle Olson, 2.

Individual Stats, MHS: Scoring � Katie Wheely, 21, Angie McGillivrey, 6, Karrie Satter, 6, Breina Sullivan, 6, Dani Kuyper, 4. Rebounds � Whealey, 9, Kuyper, 7.

Team fouls: Vermillion � 17, MHS � 16.

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