Wagner overpowered by VHS 52-29

Wagner overpowered by VHS 52-29
The Vermillion Tanagers overpowered the Wagner Red Raiders 52-29 in girls' basketball Feb. 13 at Wagner in a win keyed by an 18-6 third-quarter edge.

Alicia Brown scored 11 points, made five assists and five steals. Michelle Olson made nine points and grabbed five rebounds, and Annie Roche contributed nine points and six assists.

The Tanagers jumped ahead 18-10 at the end of the first period, led 25-16 after the second period, and then held a lead of 43-22 after the third quarter.

The Tanagers committed only 6 turnovers in the victory.

The Tanagers heated things up from three-point range, hitting 8 of 16 from long distance.

"Our kids took another step defensively tonight," said VHS coach Jamie Parish. "We took away Wagner's top options offensively causing the Schroeder girl some difficulty. Our pressure caused some turnovers in the backcourt that lead to some easy baskets in transition. Every point that Wagner scored was earned; we are doing a nice job of taking away our opponents' easy baskets by helping, recovering and rebounding."

VHS improved its record to 10-6, while Wagner dropped to 7-11.

VHS made 0 of 0 from the line. The Tanagers connected on 21 of 43 field goal attempts, while Wagner was 13 of 30 from the field. The Red Raiders made 0 of 0 free throw attempts.

Several significant individual efforts contributed to the win.

"Alicia Brown played very well for us, scoring, sharing the basketball, and getting some steals in the back court," coach Parish said. "As a team we had 16 assists on our 21 field goals; we are doing a nice job of sharing the basketball and shot it extremely well tonight. It's always a nice sight to see our scoring spread around as evenly as it was tonight. It makes it more difficult for teams to take away our scoring options.

"Defensively, it's hard to choose a standout; we all played well as a unit," he said. "Michelle Olson and Annie Roche always draw the tough match-ups. We put them on our opponents' best post and perimeter player respectively and they really make it difficult for the offense to do what they want to do. However, they wouldn't be able to do the things they do if our other players didn't do their job by helping and rotating as the ball is moved."

Individual stats, VHS: Scoring � Alicia Brown, 11, Annie Roche, 9, Chelsea Gauer, 9, Michelle Olson, 9, Paige Prosser, 6, Brittni Stewart, 4, Brittany Bye, 2, Brittney Babb, 2. Rebounds � Olson, 5, Babb, 3, Brown, 3. Assists � Roche, 6, Brown, 5. Steals � Brown, 5.

Individual Stats, Wagner: Scoring � Kaitlin Goter, 11, Kelsey Doom, 6, Kara Schroeder, 5, Erin Cimpl, 3, Jenalee Doom, 2, Jenae Jaeger, 2. Rebounds � Doom, 7, Goter, 4. Assists � Jaeger, 3.

Team rebounds: VHS � 17, Wagner � 21. Team fouls � VHS � 10, Wagner � 6.

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