Sluggish Tanagers can't keep up with Bulldogs By Jim Prosser The Vermillion varsity Tanagers were topped by the Milbank Bulldogs 46-34 in girls� basketball Jan. 15 at Lennox in the first round of the Ladybird Classic.
�We played a pretty good team tonight,� said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. �They made three 3-point shots in the first quarter and we had to play catch-up for the rest of the night. We looked a little sluggish on the floor, just a half of a step late on offense and defense. �In the first half, we missed some shots that usually go in for us and Milbank would answer with a big play at the other end. After a few series like that, frustration starts to set in and it makes it even harder to get back,� he said.
The Bulldogs ended up hot from three-point range, canning 7 of 10 from long distance.
The Tanagers trailed 11-6 after the first quarter, trailed 23-13 at halftime, and then trailed 33-21 going into the fourth quarter.
Vermillion saw its record fall to 3-4, while Milbank upped its mark to 4-3.
Vermillion connected on 11 of 13 free throw tries. The Tanagers hit 10 of 45 field goal attempts, while Milbank was 11 of 39 from the field. The Bulldogs hit 15 of 19 from the line.
The Tanagers had several noteworthy individual efforts in defeat.
�Michelle Olson scored 12 in the second half to lead a comeback charge and we closed the gap to three points,� coach Parish said. �The girls really did play hard; it just wasn�t meant to be. This is always a time of year that teams need to battle through mentally and physically due to some minor illness and a tough schedule.
�We will continue to keep working hard and making progress toward the end of February when we begin our district play,� he said.
Individual stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Michelle Olson, 15, Annie Roche, 10, Melissa Olson, 4, Ellen Odson, 3, Alisha Brown, 2. Rebounds � Melissa O., 6, Odson, 6, Michelle O., 5. Steals � Roche, 3.
Individual stats, Milbank: Scoring � Caitlyn Wojahn, 19, Steph Nygaard, 14, Tiffany Matthes, 5, Marnie Schauneman, 4, Kelsey Paulson, 4. Rebounds � Nygaard, 8, Paulson, 8. Steals � Nygaard, 5.
Team rebounds: Vermillion � 23, Milbank � 25. Team fouls: Vermillion � 19, Milbank � 15.