Tanagers’ offensive battle beats Orioles

Tanagers' offensive battle beats Orioles
The Vermillion Tanagers beat the Lennox Orioles 56-46 in girls' basketball Jan. 9 at Vermillion as the winners led after each quarter.

Annie Roche scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds, made four steals and six assists. Krista Froke contributed with seven points and seven rebounds, and Paige Prosser added five points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists. Michelle Olson scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds.

The Tanagers took the lead 18-9 after the first quarter, and margins of 12-11 and 16-15 in the second and third quarters boosted the lead to 46-35 going into the final period.

"Our girls did a very nice job tonight," said VHS coach Jamie Parish. "We still show some inexperience when it comes down to crunch time, but we took another small step forward tonight by being able to overcome a tough stretch, regroup, and finish the game. This is the best offensive battle we have had all year. We are starting to move the ball a bit better as a unit opposed to individuals. Defensively, we were able to pressure the ball full court and cause some turnovers that got us some easy baskets. In the half court, we showed some improvement with our rotations and help defense. We are a much better man-to-man team and will continue to improve as the year moves forward."

VHS improved its record to 2-3, while Lennox dropped to 5-3.

VHS hit 3 of 14 three-point tries and sank 19 of 32 free throw attempts. The Tanagers sank 17 of 48 field goals, while Lennox was 17 of 43 from the field. Lennox made 2 of 14 three-point attempts and sank 10 of 14 free throw tries.

A number of excellent individual efforts highlighted the win.

"Krista Froke and Paige Prosser had great games for us," coach Parish said. "They do things that the average fan does not see: boxing out, helping on defense and tipping passes that get picked off by other teammates, etc. If they can contribute in that way on a nightly basis, we will continue to improve. Annie Roche played a great all-around game, scoring, rebounding and passing the ball. She is a special player that does everything within her power to help us compete on a nightly basis.

"We have now played five games against four ranked opponents. At this point in the year, we are fairly happy with where we are at but not satisfied. If we continue to improve, we like our chances as the season goes on, but it's all potential right now. Potential doesn't add up to a lot of wins and losses until you polish it so our coaches and players are working very hard to polish things up," Parish said.

Individual stats, VHS: Scoring � Annie Roche, 17, Michelle Olson, 9, Chelsea Gauer, 9, Krista Froke, 7, Alicia Brown, 7, Paige Prosser, 5, Brittany Bye, 2. Rebounds � Froke, 7, Roche, 6, Prosser, 6, Olson, 6. Assists � Roche, 6, Prosser, 3. Steals � Roche, 3, Prosser, 3.

Individual stats, Lennox: Scoring � Jerika Ihnen, 18, Leah Howes, 12, Stephanie Harrington, 11, Kara Larson, 3, Paige Fossum, 2. Rebounds � Ihnen, 7, Fossum, 5. Assists � Fossum, 6. Steals � Fossum, 3.

Team rebounds: VHS � 28, Lennox � 23. Team fouls: VHS � 15, Lennox � 22.

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