Brown sparks team with double-double

Brown sparks team with double-double
The Vemillion Tanagers trounced the Madison Bulldogs 58-28 in girls' varsity basketball Jan. 10 at Madison as the winners took control early.

Alicia Brown scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made three steals.

The Tanagers took the lead 20-8 after the first quarter, and margins of 14-6 and 15-6 in the second and third quarters boosted the lead to 49-20 going into the final period.

"Our kids have to get over some mental hurdles and we think tonight was a good learning experience," said VHS coach Jamie Parish. "We were short handed (eight players) due to some illness and injuries and played an extremely physical game against Madison which could have frustrated our girls and caused us to lose focus. However, we dealt with the situation and continued to execute fairly well offensively and defensively."

VHS improved its record to 3-3, while Madison dropped to 1-7.

VHS sank 7 of 19 three-point attempts and connected on 15 of 22 free throw tries. The Tanagers made 18 of 39 field goal attempts, while Madison was 13 of 45 from the field. Madison sank 0 of 8 three-point tries and connected on 2 of 6 from the line.

"Alicia Brown had a great night, finishing up with a double-double," coach Parish said. "That is by far the best defensive effort she has ever given us. We look forward to her continued improvement. Annie Roche and Chelsea Gauer played quite well on the perimeter for us. Chelsea had five 3-pointers against their zone.

"Michelle Olson may be one of the finest defensive players that I have ever coached; she matches up against taller kids, quicker kids and is always in the right positions. She does a great job of rotating, rebounding and defending her individual match-up every single night. Offensively, she played pretty well against Madison, made some good post moves and drew contact but unfortunately didn't get to the free throw line as many times as we thought she could have," Parish said.

Individual stats, VHS: Scoring � Alicia Brown, 19, Annie Roche, 16, Chelsea Gauer, 15, Michelle Olson, 4, Rachel Odens, 2, Brittni Stewart, 2, Brittany Bye, 1, Paige Prosser, 1. Rebounds � Brown, 11, Olson, 4, Roche, 4. Assists � Roche, 4. Steals � Brown, 3, Olson, 3, Roche, 3.

Individual stats, Madison: Scoring � Jacque McNary, 4, Bria Janke, 4, Caitlinn Sullivan, 4, Marli Thurow, 4, Breane Manthey, 4, Kristen Larsen, 2, Sara Jones, 2, Cali Nugent, 2, Lindsey Lee, 2. Rebounds � Janke, 5, Thurow, 5. Steals � Nugent, 2.

Team rebounds: VHS � 30, Madison � 29. Team fouls: VHS � 10, Madison � 17.

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