Tanagers outplay Panthers 61-50 By Jim Prosser The Vermillion varsity Tanagers downed the Dakota Valley Panthers 61-50 in girls� basketball Feb. 8 at Vermillion as the winners led after each quarter.
�This was a pretty important win for us, against a district opponent, and we were trying to secure the #1 seed in our district,� said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. �Dakota Valley didn�t lose much from last year�s team that played in the regional final against Parker, so we knew it would take our best effort. The really big difference between our girls this year and last year is how team-oriented we are this year. They really play hard and play together.
�As coaches we can see the difference on a daily basis on how hard our kids play in practice every day and it shows up in our games, too. It�s such a great feeling as coaches to see so many parts working together for the betterment of the whole, which is the ultimate compliment that we can give or receive as a team,� he said. �It�s amazing what you can accomplish when no one cares who gets the credit.�
The Tanagers took the lead 13-4 after the first quarter, and margins of 18-14 and 18-14 in the second and third quarters boosted the lead to 49-32 going into the final period.
Vermillion improved its season mark to 8-8, while Dakota Valley fell to 6-10.
Vermillion connected on 6 of 19 three-point attempts and sank 15 of 25 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 20 of 50 field goals, while Dakota Valley was 17 of 50 from the field. Dakota Valley connected on 4 of 12 three-point tries and sank 12 of 16 free throw tries.
Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Annie Roche, 23, Jackie Thomas, 12, Melissa Olson, 11, Ellen Odson, 8, Michelle Olson, 5, Alicia Brown, 2. Rebounds � Odson, 7, Michelle O., 5. Assists � Roche, 6. Steals � Odson, 5.
Team rebounds: Vermillion � 24, Dakota Valley � 31. Team fouls: Vermillion � 14, Dakota Valley � 21.