Vermillion can't keep up with the Watchdogs by Jim Prosser In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, the Vermillion varsity Tanagers kept within striking distance for a while but ultimately were defeated by the Beresford Watchdogs 62-37 in girls' basketball Feb. 3 at Vermillion.
The score was tied 21-21 at halftime.
"Tonight wasn't our night; we played a close first half," said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. "Despite our turnovers we still went into halftime with a tie score. Coming out in the second half we had some good looks that didn't go right away and from there some frustration started to set in.
"Coach Carda is a great coach, he always has his team well prepared and gets positive contributions from everyone on his team. As a team we still have our goals within reach. We can still gain a top seed in our district and as soon as we get there everyone's record is 0-0," coach Parish said. "It's still the opinion of our coaching staff that when we play well we can play with anyone so we just keep trying to improve so that we can take advantage of any opportunities that may present themselves."
The score was knotted 10-10 after the opening period, was still knotted 21-21 at halftime, then the Tanagers trailed 37-28 after the third period.
The loss dropped Vermillion to a record of 6-9, while Beresford improved to 11-2.
Vermillion hit 4 of 13 three-point tries and connected on 3 of 8 from the line. The Tanagers made 15 of 44 from the field, while Beresford was 23 of 48 from the field. Beresford sank 2 of 6 three-pointers and hit 14 of 23 free throw attempts.
Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jackie Thomas, 12, Melissa Olson, 8, Michelle Olson, 7, Annie Roche, 5, Kayla Mollet, 3, Heather Walker, 2. Rebounds � Ellen Odson, 6, Michelle Olson, 6. Assists � Thomas, 3. Steals � Roche, 5.
Individual Stats, Beresford: Scoring � Natalie Carda, 27, Liz Sharpe, 11, Angela Knobloch, 9, Brook Bonte, 6, Chelsey Faehnrich, 3, Amy Jensen, 2, Kati Gylfe, 2, Reina Bruinsma, 2. Rebounds � Carda, 8, Knobloch, 7. Assists � Jana Semmler, 4.
Team rebounds: Vermillion � 29, Beresford � 30. Team fouls: Vermillion � 17, Beresford � 11.