Tanager girls get ninth victory at Elk Point

Tanager girls get ninth victory at Elk Point
In the Jan. 16 contest against the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies, the Vermillion Tanager girls' basketball team was able to overcome the setbacks of a slow start and pulled out of town with a 51-38 victory, which improved their overall record to 9-2 on the season.

It was the tale of two halves as the Vermillion girls started the game with a lame-duck first quarter and an only slightly improved second quarter. At the end of the first half, the visiting Tanagers were down by a total of six points, trailing the Huskies by a score of 25-19.

After the realization that their lowly scoring efforts were not going to result in a victory, Vermillion came out in the third quarter and matched their first-half score plus two. An offensive assault, which led to a 21-11 third-quarter run, and steady play by the Tanager defenders turned the game around. When the third period concluded, Vermillion was back on top of Elk-Point Jefferson by four points, 40-36.

The fourth and final period of the contest was dominated by the defensive efforts of the Tanagers. The girls were able to hold the hometown Huskies to a measly two points. With the bus already fired up and ready to head north, Vermillion only needed 11 fourth-quarter points to come away with a 51-38 victory, their ninth on the young season.

After the game, Coach Jamie Parish stated, "Our kids really showed up defensively in the second half and clamped down in the fourth quarter. This is something that we have been working very hard towards is to finish a game defensively. Any time you can win on the road, it's a good win. Going into Elk Point's gym is never an easy task, but our kids took the challenge."

Under the 50 percent shooting mark again, the Tanager girls were able to control the game with fewer turnovers and more rebounds than their opponents. Vermillion was also somewhat mediocre from the three-point line, hitting 8 of 21 shots for approximately 38 percent.

Alicia Brown led Vermillion with 27 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Annie Roche was able to chip in 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Chrissy Strasberg and Anna Erickson helped the Huskies' losing cause with a combined 25 points.

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