"We may have played the best team that we have seen in my time here at Vermillion," said VHS coach Jamie Parish. "There are several players on that team that have college-type quickness and ball skills. Our kids came out to compete and did a lot of things very well. After the first quarter, we were able to take North out of their transition game and caused them to struggle offensively for a short time. In the second half, they really turned up the defense and with our lack of depth at the perimeter, tired legs set in and we had far too many turnovers.
"We were extremely proud of how many good things our girls did well against such a good team. However, we continue to reinforce with our players that we have several things to work on that will get us over the hump against such a good team and give us opportunities to win in those types of situations," he said. "Defensively, we were very pleased with the effort but not always with the execution. Against great teams, effort is sometimes not enough; you need to have the effort and the execution which is something that we will continue to work on."
The loss was aided by the Tanagers committing 22 turnovers.
Both teams were sharp from three-point range, with the Tanagers 7 of 14 and the Stars 4 of 7.
The Tanagers fell behind 17-11 at the end of the first period, the score was 26-26 at halftime, and the Tanagers trailed 43-38 going into the fourth quarter.
VHS sank 9 of 13 free throw attempts. The Tanagers made 18 of 37 field goal attempts, while Sioux City North was 25 of 50 from the field. The Stars made 11 of 11 free throw tries.
Even with the loss, the Tanagers had several good individual efforts.
"Alicia Brown and Annie Roche played very well for us offensively," coach Parish said. "They were matched up against some great guards and gave them some of the best competition they have seen, according to West's head coach. At this point in the season we have played an extremely tough schedule. We have played at Dell Rapids and at Parkston. Both teams have been ranked number one in the state this year and have only one loss between them. We have played out-of-state opponents Marshall, MN and Sioux City North, IA, who are both highly ranked and have only one loss between them.
We have played Lennox twice and EPJ who were both tied for 10th in the state and Harrisburg, who has been in and out of top 10 a few times this year. Throw a long bus ride to Madison in there and it has been a long first half of the season," coach Parish said. "We are happy with where we are at this point in the season but definitely look into the coming weeks with some high aspirations of playing hard and getting healthy for a late season run."
Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Alicia Brown, 24, Annie Roche, 11, Chelsea Gauer, 6, Michelle Olson, 4, Rachel Odens, 4, Krista Froke, 3. Rebounds � Brown, 9. Assists � Roche, 7. Steals � Olson, 2, Gauer, 2.
Team rebounds: VHS � 18, Sioux City North � 19. Team fouls: VHS � 15.