VHS had led by one at halftime.
"We are disappointed with tonight's game," said VHS coach Jamie Parish. "The kids from West Central showed up ready to compete and we did not. During the course of a long year every team is going to play some bad games; the test is how the team responds to them.
"We are now 12 games into the season, we have had a long road and suffered through some injuries and eventually a breakdown is unavoidable. The resilience of our girls will be tested this week in practice and then next we have to be ready to get after it again. Our schedule doesn't allow us to ever let up. We have some good kids that have some skills; it's just a matter of being able to put it all together.
"Our team really needs to make a commitmen to the defensive end of the floor. We are giving up too many easy baskets," Parish said. "Our kids are talented enough to score about 40 points on most nights. All of our losses have allowed our opponents to get over 50 which is difficult for us to keep up with."
The Tanagers led 8-7 after the first quarter, led 20-19 at halftime, and then trailed 34-33 going into the final period.
The loss dropped VHS to a record of 6-6, while West Central improved to 8-4.
VHS connected on 6 of 25 three-point attempts and hit 9 of 12 free throw tries. The Tanagers connected on 13 of 43 from the field, while West Central was 18 of 48 from the field. West Central connected on 5 of 14 three-pointers and made 11 of 17 from the line.
Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Annie Roche, 13, Chelsea Gauer, 12 Alicia Brown, 8, Krista Froke, 4, Rachel Odens, 4, Brittany Bye, 2, Michelle Olson, 1. Rebounds � Froke, 8, Brown, 6. Assists � Roche, 6. Steals � Brown, 3.
Individual Stats, West Central: Scoring � Vanessa Johnson, 17, Jamey Hofer, 15, Sara Puthoff, 6, Kasey Peters, 6, Makayla Hillman-Healy, 6. Rebounds � Johnson, 9, Hillman-Healy, 8. Assists � Johnson, 4. Steals � Hill-man-Healy, 3, Hofer, 3.
Team rebounds: VHS � 26, West Central � 27. Team fouls: VHS � 11, West Central � 11.