Tanager girls top EP-J Huskies 41-37

Tanager girls top EP-J Huskies 41-37
Helped by four players in double figures, the Vermillion Tanagers topped the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies 41-37 in girls' basketball Jan. 17 at Vermillion.

Annie Roche scored 20 points, made two steals and three assists.

The Tanagers fell behind 11-9 after the first quarter, led 24-19 after the second quarter, and then led 35-27 going into the final period.

"Our girls really had to play hard tonight to earn a win," said VHS Coach Jamie Parish," said VHS coach Jamie Parish. "EP-J is a much improved team that has renewed a competitive fire from their ?new' Daryl Fletcher. He really does a great job which is obvious by all of the success he has in the past. Defensively we are still having too many breakdowns. We are playing good defense on individual possessions but after every good possession we seem to follow it with a lackluster one. We need to cut down on dribble penetration, offensive rebounds and take away our opponents' easy scoring opportunities during the course of the game.

"Everyone is going to score against us, if a team makes tough shots there is nothing we can do about that, but we really need to work harder at taking away the easy baskets," he said. "Offensively, we are in about the same boat; we do some fabulous things on individual possessions but really haven't found a rhythm yet this year. Our coaches are working hard to find ways to improve upon this."

VHS hit 4 of 14 three-point attempts and connected on 11 of 12 from the line. The Tanagers sank 13 of 44 field goal attempts, while EP-J was 16 of 45 from the field. EP-J made 0 of 4 three-point attempts and sank 5 of 11 from the line.

Several individual efforts helped in the win.

"Annie Roche played a great game against EP-J; she handled the ball well and carried the offensive load for us with 20 points, 10 for 10 from the free throw line and some nice assists," coach Parish said. "She worked extremely hard during the off-season and it has given her added confidence to make some great plays already this year.

"Michelle Olson again played spectacular defense. Rotating, helping and pulling down 11 rebounds is a pretty significant accomplishment for a high school player," he said. "When the game got tight, she pulled down some huge rebounds for us. On one particular rebound, she looked like she elevated above everyone on the floor to tear it down.

"We were happy with the way that our kids finished the game; we may not have looked great getting to that point but when it really mattered during the last part of the game we handled the ball and made our free throws. It was a definite improvement from earlier in the season and even compared to Saturday night we made better decisions at the end of the game," coach Parish said. "We are making progress every game; we will continue to work hard and se where it takes us."

Individual stats, VHS: Scoring � Annie Roche, 20, Paige Prosser, 7, Krista Froke, 6, Michelle Olson, 6, Alicia Brown, 4, Brittni Stewart, 2. Rebounds � Olson, 11, Roche, 3, Froke, 3, Brown, 3. Assists � Brown, 4, Prosser, 3, Roche, 3, Olson, 3. Steals � Brown, 3.

Individual Stats, EP-J: Scoring � Hannah Wilkinson, 8, Ali Truhe, 7, Alex Staum, 5, Mary Nebelsick, 4, Kelsie Pace, 4, Annie Staum, 3, Erin Hasenbank, 3, Linley McInerney, 2, Alex Staum, 2. Rebounds � Pace, 8, Nebelsick, 5. Assists � Nebelsick, 3.

Team rebounds:VHS � 20, EP-J � 30. Team fouls: VHS � 11, EP-J � 15.

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