VHS girls basketball ’05-’06 stats reviewed

VHS girls basketball '05-'06 stats reviewed
The Tanager girls' basketball team had many high points during their 2005-'06 campaign. While they suffered nine losses, two of them were against Sioux City schools and two of them were to the eventual State A champion – Dell Rapids. The "Lady Tanagers" had two winning streaks, 8 out of 9 and 5 out of 7 before the final heartbreaking loss to Dell Rapids (27-24) in the first game of the State Tournament. Their overall record was 15-9 as they placed seventh at State.

Here are some high special statistics for individual performances. Junior Annie Roche was the top scorer in 14 of the 24 games during the season, registering 342 total points with 40 percent accuracy. Other top four scorers were: Alicia Brown � 302, Chelsea Gaauer � 180, Michelle Olson � 167, and Paige Prosser � 62. Top five rebounders were: Olson � 128, Brown � 100, Roche � 83, Krista Froke � 64, and Prosser � 63. Dishing out assists were: Annie Roche � 108, and Brown � 71. Steals were accomplished by: Brown with 59, Roche � 35, and Olson � 32.

There were three seniors, four juniors, five sophomores, and one freshman on the varsity roster. Michelle Olson was leading rebounder in 10 games and Krista Froke in seven games.

Coach Jamie Parish had the following Awards and comments regarding the season.

Managers Awards � Jaycee and Kelsy.

Junior Varsity Awards (voted on by teammates) � Defensive MVP, Margo Muller; Winning Attitude ,Alexa Walker; Most Improved, Becca Hawley; Practice Player, Sara Kjose; and Assist Award, Rachel Odens.

Academic All State � Michelle Olson (four year player and a 3.5 GPA).

Big 8 Honorable Mention � Chelsea Gauer.

Big 8 All Conference First Team � Michelle Olson, Annie Roche and Alicia Brown.

Class A All-Tournament Team � Annie Roche and Alicia Brown.

Varsity Participants and Letter Winners � Freshman Sara Kjose, first; Sophomore Alicia Brown, second; Brittany Bye, second; Margo Mueller, first; Rachel Odens, first; Alexa Walker, first; Junior � Chelsea Gauer, second; Krista Froke, second; Annie Roche, fourth; Brittni Stewart, second; Senior � Michelle Olson, fourth; Paige Prosser, second; Brittney Babb, first.

Varsity Awards (Voted on by teammates) � Defensive MVP, Michelle Olson; Winning Attitude, Krista Froke; Most Improved, Brittney Babb and Alicia Brown; Practice Player, Paige Prosser and Brittany Bye; Assist Award, Annie Roche; Captains Award, Michelle Olson, Paige Prosser and Annie Roche; Tanager Award, Annie Roche; Parish Award, Alicia Brown.

"We are very pleased with our season. Coming into the year our coaches knew we had some very solid returning players but also had lost some pretty important pieces of our puzzle. It was going to take some time for players to learn to fill in bigger roles than the previous year and form a new chemistry. The thing that really helped us out is all of the extra basketball that our girls play in the off-season. They get together during the summer to do some playing and attend various basketball camps in order to keep improving. We have lost some very important players in the last two years and hope that their work ethic can be passed down to our younger players," Ccoach Jamie Parish said.

"As the season went on we struggled through some injury problems that could have really taken us off track. Our reserve players came in and helped us to play through the tough stretch helping us to hold on and win some very important games in January," Parish said.

"We lose some great kids to graduation. Brittney Babb is a player that has been with our program since my arrival," he said. "She had some knee problems and didn't play every year but always remained with our team as a manager, stat keeper, and any other odd job that we could come up with. When we were struck with the injury bug this year she decided to come back out for the team mid-way through January and played a big role in helping us through the tough month.

"Paige Prosser is a great kid; she does many things that the average fan doesn't see in the bleachers. She plays hard defensively and was willing to play a role. Some nights we needed her to rebound and she would give us that. Other nights she needed to knock down some open shots and she did that. Not to mention her leadership in the locker room," coach Parish said. "She stepped forward more than once in her career and spoke with her teammates to keep us all moving in the right direction.

"Michelle Olson graduates as one of the best players in Vermillion High School history. She as been a four time letter winner, a three year starter and been a large part of our recent success. She has played on two conference championship teams, three district championship teams, and made two trips to the state tournament," he said. "Individually she is VHS's 15th all time leading scorer, and 8th all time leading rebounder. She will be greatly missed.

"We return some great players next year but have several questions that need to be answered. We will return four players in Roche, Brown, Gauer, and Froke that have stared for us at one time or another and played a lot of minutes for us this year. We have some freshman, sophomores and juniors coming back that have some potential. However potential isn't worth much to us unless they decide to polish it over the summer and make themselves into better players," coach Parish said.

"Our goal is to have a team every year that is competitive for a state title," he said. "At this point we feel that we have worked very hard to elevate our program to just a step below the elite programs in the state. It has taken a great deal of time and hard work. In the future we would like to take that next step and push our program to the next level. It will take a determined effort from our coaches and more players pushing each other to get better," coach Parish said.

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