VHS team effort leads to win By Jim Prosser In a superb team effort, the Vermillion varsity Tanagers overpowered the Canton C-Hawks 70-50 in girls� basketball Feb. 5 at Vermillion. The Tanagers shot 52 percent from the field for the game.
Annie Roche scored 21 points and made five assists. Jackie Thomas contributed 17 points and seven assists and Michelle Olson scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
The Tanagers led 23-13 after the first quarter, led 41-19 at halftime, and then led 56-34 going into the final period.
Vermillion carried the game from long range, making 8 of 15 three pointers to 1 of 14 for Canton.
�Our girls did a really good job today,� said Vermillion coach Jamie Parish. �Offensively, we moved the ball very well and got lots of good looks at the basket. A big difference in our team is when we overhear the girls talk about assists. They are very proud to give up a shot in order to find a better shot for one of their teammates. �We are also working on making better decisions with the basketball which keeps our turnovers down and gets us more opportunities to score. Defensively, we were more aggressive than we have been in the last few weeks; it was nice to see our hands and feet being so active. It made a difference that we were able to have three consecutive days of practice this week to work on some fundamental things and save our legs.�
Vermillion improved its season mark to 7-8, while Canton fell to 4-10.
Vermillion hit 18 of 24 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 22 of 42 field goals, while Canton was 16 of 43 from the field. The C-Hawks sank 17 of 23 free throw attempts.
The Tanagers had some excellent individual efforts in the win.
�Michelle Olson played one of her better games this year; she is looking aggressively to score,� coach Parish said. �When she gets a few good looks at the basket it opens up so many opportunities for the other girls. Jackie Thomas and Annie Roche did a great job of harassing Canton�s guards and getting themselves some easy baskets in transition.
�Melissa Olson and Ellen Odson didn�t have big games statistically but they always make plays for us that really keep our team moving forward. We are at the stage of the season now where we are really trying to get everything working together,� he said. �Our bench kids are contributing good minutes and starting to better fit into our offensive and defensive schemes. With a few more wins we can claim the #1 seed in our district and begin preparing for the tournament.�
Individual Stats, Vermillion: Scoring � Annie Roche, 21, Jackie Thomas, 17, Michelle Olson, 13, Ellen Odson, 7, Melissa Olson, 5, Chelsea Gauer, 3, Alicia Brown, 2, Brittni Stewart, 2. Rebounds � Michelle O., 9, Odson, 5. Assists � Thomas, 7, Roche, 5, Melissa O., 5. Steals � Thomas, 3, Melissa O., 3.
Individual Stats, Canton: Scoring � Whitney Gard, 18, Kelsey Larsgard, 10, Morgan Sorlie, 7, Chandi Orstad, 6, Carrie Anderson, 3, Kerri Glenn, 2, Emily Minihan, 2. Rebounds � Gard, 8, Sorlie, 4, Anderson, 4. Assists � Sorlie, 3. Steals � Gard, 2, Glenn, 2.
Team rebounds: Vermillion � 26, Canton � 26. Team fouls: Vermillion � 15, Canton � 21.