VHS varsity girls tame EP-J Huskies 46-29

VHS varsity girls tame EP-J Huskies 46-29 By Jim Prosser The Vermillion varsity Tanagers rolled over the Elk Point Huskies 46-28 in girls� basketball Jan. 18 at Elk Point in a win carried by a strong first quarter.

�Our girls played pretty well tonight; we got off to a great start with Jackie Thomas hitting her first three shots behind the arc,� said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. �She�s a great shooter when she gets her feet set. Defensively, we played pretty well; we are starting to put together strings of defensive stops. Instead of just playing possession to possession, we are making our opponents work hard for most of their shots. If we continue this along with boxing out, we will be in most games.

�Offensively, we didn�t get into a great rhythm after the first quarter, as coaches we were trying some different combinations of players and Elk Point really got after us defensively,� he said.

The Tanagers heated things up from three-point range, hitting 8 of 12 from long distance.

The Tanagers jumped ahead 17-4 at the end of the first period, led 25-13 at halftime, and then led 37-22 going into the final period.

Vermillion improved its record to 4-4, while Elk Point dropped to 1-9.

Vermillion sank 6 of 11 free throw attempts. The Tanagers connected on 16 of 44 from the field, while Elk Point was 10 of 33 from the field. The Huskies connected on 8 of 16 free throw attempts.

A number of excellent individual efforts highlighted the win.

�It was nice to see Jackie hit some shots to get herself started early,� coach Parish said. �Alicia Brown, Melissa, and Michelle Olson did a nice job on the boards for us. Ellen Odson and Annie Roche do so many things for us over the course of a game. Ellen is versatile and can play four different positions when needed. She brings some stability to the floor when things start to get frantic.

�Annie finds a way to contribute every night � one night it�s scoring, the next night it�s assists or hitting big shots when we need them and she is constantly harassing our opponents� primary ball handler night in and night out. The girls are working hard to put aside their personal goals for the betterment of our team.

�We have quite a stretch of home games coming up in January and February so we hope to start playing well and get on a bit of a roll,� he said.

Individual stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jackie Thomas, 14, Alicia Brown, 9, Annie Roche, 8, Chelsea Gauer, 6, Melissa Olson, 4, Krista Froke, 3, Michelle Olson, 2. Rebounds � Brown, 7, Melissa O., 6. Assists � Roche,4, Michelle O., 3. Steals � Brown, 4, Roche, 3.

Individual stats, Elk Point: Scoring � Abby Davis, 7, Paige Pollard, 7, Erin Hasenbank, 5, Mary Nebelsick, 4, Amanda Begnoche, 2, Jennifer Mead, 2, Hannah Wilkinson, 1. Rebounds � Mead, 9, Alex Staum, 4. Assists � Begnoche, 3. Steals � Begnoche, 2.

Rebounds: Vermillion � 29, Elk Point � 23. Fouls: Vermillion � 19, Elk Point � 10.

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