Tanagers easily defeat Alcester 57-17

Tanagers easily defeat Alcester 57-17 by Jim Prosser The Vermillion varsity Tanagers demolished the Alcester Cubs 57-17 in girls� basketball Dec. 14 at Alcester. The Tanagers shot an impressive 56 percent from the field for the game.

�Our girls really did a pretty nice job tonight,� said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. �We didn�t ease into the game but started out attacking right away and causing some turnovers. The offensive balance was very nice to see with everyone moving and sharing the ball.

�Defensively, we were quite pleased; the girls were doing fundamental things correctly and working hard at getting better. Defense is going to be a key for us all year long; we play a very good defense on individual possessions but we do not always put together two or three great possessions in a row, especially late in the game. That consistency will be a key in determining our success. Our kids are so positive right now it�s an absolute pleasure to work with them on a daily basis.�

The Tanagers picked up the victory in spite of committing 22 turnovers.

The Tanagers heated things up from three-point range, hitting 5 of 9 from long distance.

The Tanagers led 19-0 after the first quarter, went into the locker room up 33-3 at halftime, and then held a lead of 51-6 after the third period.

Vermillion improved its season mark to 1-2, while Alcester fell to 0-3.

Vermillion made 4 of 6 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 24 of 43 field goals, while Alcester was 7 of 41 from the field. The Cubs connected on 3 of 10 free throw attempts.

Vermillion held a 32-13 edge on the boards.

Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jackie Thomas, 12, Michelle Olson, 10, Krista Froke, 9, Alisha Brown, 7, Mellisa Olson, 7, Ellen Odson, 5, Paige Prosser, 4, Annie Roche, 3. Rebounds � Melissa O., 7, Michelle O., 6, Froke, 6. Steals � Thomas, 3.

Individual Stats, Alcester: Scoring � Kylie Jensen, 5, Kara Hangslo, 5, Ashley Becker, 3, Kristen Johaneson, 2, Jenna Hughes, 2. Rebounds � Hughes, 4, Jansen, 3. Steals � Candice Endelmen, 3.

Team fouls: Vermillion � 11, Alcester � 13.

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