Tanagers defeated by Parkston in close match

Tanagers defeated by Parkston in close match by Jim Prosser The Vermillion varsity Tanagers were defeated by the Parkston Trojans 45-40 in girls' basketball Jan. 9 at Parkston in a matchup that was close throughout.

"Our kids played hard again tonight; we played one of the top teams in Class A to a tight game on the road," said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. "Our staff and kids were happy with the effort but frustrated with the loss. We are doing so many things well right now, but so are the teams we are playing against. Our scoring is being spread around the team which is making us harder to defend but sometimes it makes us hesitate during crucial parts of the game when we look for a go-to person."

Vermillion lost the game despite an edge from three-point range, making 6 of 15 from beyond the circle to 2 of 5 for Parkston.

The Tanagers jumped in front 13-9 after the first quarter, the score was 23-23 after the second period, and the Tanagers trailed 35-32 after the third quarter.

Vermillion saw its record fall to 2-3, while Parkston upped its mark to 6-0.

Vermillion sank 8 of 18 from the line. The Tanagers hit 14 of 37 field goals, while Parkston was 15 of 43 from the field. The Trojans sank 13 of 26 free throw tries.

The Tanagers had several noteworthy individual efforts in defeat.

"Jackie Thomas and Melissa Olson lead us in scoring with 14 and 13 respectively," coach Parish said. "Michelle Olson had a good game, also, with nine rebounds and led us with four assists. Heather Walker, Ellen Odson, and Alisha O'Connor came off the bench to give us some solid minutes and keep us in the ball game."

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jackie Thomas, 14, Melissa Olson, 13, Annie Roche, 5, Annie Carlson, 4, Ellen Odson, 2, Michelle Olson, 1, Heather Walker, 1. Rebounds � Michelle Olson, 9, Melissa Olson,5. Assists � Michelle Olson, 4. Steals � Thomas, 3.

Individual Stats, Parkston: Scoring � Lacey Powell, 14, Maggie Malloy, 10, Emily Schoenfelder, 7, Tami Luebke, 5, Staci Anderson, 5, Shae Anderson, 2, Kendra Neugebauer, 2. Rebounds � Malloy, 10. Assists � Schoenfelder, 3. Steals � Luebke, 3.

Team rebounds: Vermillion � 26, Parkston � 32. Team fouls: Vermillion � 21, Parkston � 18.

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