Tanagers can't keep up with Akron/Westfield By Jim Prosser The Vermillion varsity Tanagers were downed by the Akron/Westfield 47-43 in girls� basketball Jan. 22 at North Sioux City in the first round of the Dakota Valley Classic.
�Akron is a very good team; they play an up-tempo style of basketball and it caused us some problems,� said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. �We had tired legs from the night before and they really played hard to take advantage of that. �Jackie Thomas hit two 3�s early and we thought we could get on a roll. Akron�s kids just kept on coming and we couldn�t hold them down,� he said. �Despite tired legs and playing a very good team our girls closed the gap so that we had a chance to tie up the game in the end. Unfortunately, we couldn�t get a break when we needed one. A turnover or big basket would have been nice at that point.�
The Tanagers fell behind 13-12 at the end of the first period, trailed 26-21 at halftime, and then trailed 37-32 going into the final period.
The loss dropped Vermillion to a record of 5-5, while Akron/Westfield improved to 12-2.
Vermillion sank 6 of 13 three-point attempts and connected on 5 of 10 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 16 of 35 field goal attempts, while Akron/Westfield was 18 of 37 from the field. Akron/Westfield hit 3 of 14 three-point attempts and hit 12 of 20 from the line.
Even with the loss, the Tanagers had several good individual efforts.
�I�m proud of the way we battled today,� coach Parish said. �We didn�t play our best basketball, but we never gave up and we gave ourselves an opportunity to get a win. It would have been pretty easy to throw in the towel that day and make excuses but we really didn�t.
�We just battled as hard as we could for as long as we could and unfortunately it wasn�t quite enough today,� he said.
Individual stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jackie Thomas, 13, Annie Roche, 12, Melissa Olson, 8, Ellen Odson, 6, Alicia Brown, 2. Rebounds � Melissa O., 7, Brown, 5. Assists � Roche, 4. Steals � Roche, 3.
Individual stats, Akron/Westfield: Scoring � Catie Babier, 16, Tara Colt, 12, Tana Colt, 8, Andrea Parkinson, 4, Shelby Johnson, 3, Rachael Harris, 2, Brittney Miller, 2. Rebounds � Babier, 5, Tara C., 4. Assists � Harris, 4. Steals � Tana C., 4.
Team rebounds: Vermillion � 20, Akron/Westfield � 19. Team fouls: Vermillion � 20, Akron/Westfield � 10.