Odson, Olson, help Tanagers nip Trojans By Jim Prosser Following a steal, Ellen Odson fed the ball to the Tanager�s Michelle Olson who sank a short jump shot for the win with 46 seconds left in the game as the Vermillion varsity Tanagers nipped the Parkston Lady Trojans 47-45 in girls� basketball Jan. 7 at Vermillion.
Parkston was rated #4 in the state, and the Tanagers handed them their first defeat, giving them a record of 6-1. Vermillion improved its season mark to 2-3.
Jackie Thomas scored 13 points, grabbed three rebounds, made two steals and two assists. Annie Roche scored 10 points and made five assists.
The Tanagers jumped in front 11-8 at the end of the first period, the score was 23-23 at halftime, and the Tanagers held a lead of 36-32 after the third period.
The contest was well-played, with each team committing only 8 turnovers.
�Our girls played extremely hard tonight; it was an effort from every kid on the floor and every kid on our bench,� said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. �Parkston is a great team. Their two great individual performers (Malloy and Powell) are hard to contain. Our kids played them as well as we could and gave the rest of their team only 10 points.�
Vermillion sank 6 of 16 three-point attempts and sank 1 of 4 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 20 of 52 field goals, while Parkston was 18 of 44 from the field. Parkston hit 3 of 7 three-point attempts and hit 6 of 10 free throw attempts.
The Tanagers had several important contributors in the close win.
�We were balanced offensively with several contributors (15 assists as a team) and defensively we were very pleased with the effort, with everyone helping defensively and taking responsibility for rebounding the basketball,� coach Parish said. �We have a tough week with Lennox, Madison and Milbank all on the horizon, so we will keep working at getting better defensively and hope for the best.�
Individual stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jackie Thomas, 13, Annie Roche, 10, Alicia Brown, 8, Michelle Olson, 7, Ellen Odsen, 5, Melissa Olson, 4. Rebounds � Melissa O., 7, Roche, 5. Assists � Roche, 5. Steals � Thomas, 2, Odsen, 2.
Individual stats, Parkston: Scoring � Maggie Malloy, 19, Lacy Powell, 16, Kelli Fickgen, 6, Tami Luebke, 4. Rebounds � Powell, 10, Malloy, 9.
Team rebounds: Vermillion � 33, Parkston � 31. Team fouls: Vermillion � 11, Parkston � 11.