Tanager comeback not enough for win By Jim Prosser The Vermillion varsity Tanagers fell short in a fourth-quarter comeback and were defeated by the Wagner Red Raiders 42-38 in girls� basketball Feb. 15 at Vermillion.
Vermillion had trailed by 11 after three periods.
Jackie Thomas scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Melissa Olson contributed 10 points, five rebounds and four steals.
The Tanagers fell behind 11-5 at the end of the first period, trailed 19-9 at halftime, and then trailed 31-20 after the third period.
�We didn�t play very well tonight,� said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. �Wagner is a team that plays hard and is always very disciplined. The have seventh- and eighth-graders that play with their B and C teams every year and it shows throughout their program that there is consistency and it really works well for them.
�As a consolation, our kids didn�t give up; they played hard and got themselves back in the game. That speaks volumes about their character,� he said. �Even though the game wasn�t a great game for us, they battled and gave it all that they had to make a run at them. We will keep working to get better.�
Vermillion saw its record fall to 9-9, while Wagner upped its mark to 11-7.
Vermillion sank 3 of 14 three-pointers and sank 3 of 7 free throw attempts. The Tanagers connected on 16 of 48 field goal attempts, while Wagner was 16 of 39 from the field. Wagner sank 0 of 3 three-point attempts and sank 10 of 22 from the line.
Individual stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Jackie Thomas, 11, Melissa Olson, 10, Michelle Olson, 6, Annie Roche, 5, Ellen Odson, 4, Alicia Brown, 2. Rebounds � Michelle O., 6, Melissa O., 5. Assists � Roche, 4. Steals � Odson, 4, Melissa O., 4.
Individual Stats, Wagner: Scoring � Krista Soukup, 11, Janelle Kuhlman, 8, Kara Schroeder, 8, Janae Jaeger, 6, C.J. Kreil, 5, Kaitlin Goter, 4. Rebounds � Soukup, 8, Kuhlman, 8. Assists � Soukup, 5. Steals � Schroeder, 3.
Team rebounds: Vermillion � 25, Wagner � 27. Team fouls: Vermillion � 16, Wagner � 8.