Parish looks forward to Tanager girls’ basketball season

Parish looks forward to Tanager girls' basketball season
While the team has already achieved a 1-3 record, head girls' basketball coach Jamie Parish is in his fourth year as the girls' leader. His assistants are Lennie Billberg and Leah Bakke.

Expected starters are seniors Michelle Olson and Paige Prosser, juniors Annie Roche and Krista Froke, and sophomore Alisha Brown.

Other first-team members are: Chelsea Gauer, Brittany Bye, Brittni Stewart, Rachel Odens, and Sara Kjose.

"We lost some great players to graduation," Parish said. "However, we do return some kids who had their first taste of the state tournament and we think it motivated some of them to work hard during the summer. Olson, Roche, Froke, and Brown all had great summers, attending several camps and open gyms. They really put in an effort to make us a better team."

"Roche is a first-team all conference, first-team Region 4A, and Class A all-tournament team returnee for us," he continued. "Her ball handling, decision making, and timely scoring will be a necessity for us. She had a great summer putting in over 500 hours, capped off by being named MVP at the Mid-states Roundball Review Recruiting Camp.

"Michelle Olson is a good player who will show a great deal of improvement this year," Parish said. "Formerly she played a role of unselfishly deferring shots to her teammates. We expect her to more aggressive on the offensive end and continue to be a solid defender.

"Paige Prosser and Alisha Brown will share some wing and post minutes depending on game situations," the coach added. "They are both very versatile girls who can post up shorter players and take defenders off the dribble. Alicia won three gold medals at the state track meet and also put in over 300 hours of practice the past summer.

"Krista Froke, Brittni Stewart, and Brittany Bye will battle for post minutes under the basket," he said. "They all bring different positives to the floor so they could be played in varying rotations during the year. Froke put in over 300 hours in order to become the consummate role player, doing many little things that sometimes might go unnoticed but are extremely important to our success. Chelsea Gauer is a great shooter and will become more comfortable as the season proceeds and will make a contribution."

The Tanagers will face conference foes Lennox, Madison and West Central, and will vie for District 8A honors against Alcester/ Hudson, Dakota Valley and Elk Point/Jefferson. They also will have to contend with Sioux Falls Christian, Beresford, Canton, Wagner and Sioux City East, as well as a couple special basketball "classics."

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