Tanager girls bounce back from first loss

Tanager girls bounce back from first loss
The Vermillion varsity Tanager girls' basketball team was coming off of their first loss of the young season heading into their Jan. 5 matchup with the Trojans of Parkston. It didn't seem to affect them very much as they bounced back strongly with an authoritative 59-46 victory on a record-setting night.

A 10-point first quarter lead gave the Tanagers the edge going into the second period of play. In the second quarter, the Tanagers gave up three times as many points as they did in the first, which was okay because of the fact that the totals were four in the first and 12 in the second. Also, the Tanagers matched Parkston's 12 second-quarter points and raised them eight, going into half with a more than commanding 34-16 lead.

The Vermillion girls slipped a little bit in the second half, being outscored 30-25, but their lead, thanks to their first-half play, was able to withstand any offensive attacks that Parkston had to offer.

Needing only five points at the beginning of the night to reach the elite 1000-point status for her career at Vermillion High School was Annie Roche, who poured in more than enough with 21. Roche is only the third player in the history of the school to achieve this accomplishment. Last year, she also set the all-time assist record, which she is still working on adding to this season, including six handouts against Parkston.

Also leading the way for Vermillion were Alicia Brown and Chelsea Gauer. Brown helped out the offense with 15 points, and Gauer chipped in 10 points and two steals.

Parkston's Maggie Malloy provided 18 points and five rebounds, and Kellie Fiegen added 12 points and four assists.

Jamie Parish, Vermillion girls' varsity coach, stated, "Our kids played very well tonight, we really liked the way that we moved the basketball during the game. Offensively we are looking more cohesive as a unit and instead of running sets our kids are starting to be more creative and make plays."

JV results: Vermillion-35, Parkston-23

In the JV girls' action on Jan. 5, the Vermillion Tanagers JV squad continued their winning ways with a decisive 35-23 victory over Parkston. This win moved Vermillion's JV mark to a very impressive 4-0 record on the season.

Jenny Bye was able to produce nine points, two rebounds and two steals for the Tanagers' JV team. Sarah Day also helped out matters against Parkston with eight points and four steals.

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