The undefeated Tanager girls came out on top in the first round of the Holiday tournament in Crofton, NE on Dec. 28.
The Tanagers jumped ahead 49�25 in the third quarter. Coach Jamie Parrish said, "After Christmas break its never easy to get your kids going again. We had a bit of a sluggish start and some defensive lapses in the second quarter but overall we played pretty well. Defensively we did a great job of getting after things in the second half."
Vermillion stayed tough on defense; forcing the Panthers to 27 turnovers. "As a team we had 22 steals and deflected 46 of our opponent's passes." commented Parrish.
Annie Roche contributed 18 points and 4 assists, while Alicia Brown had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 steals. Coach Parrish stated, "There were several standouts in the game but our staff really liked the way Sara Kjose looked today."
Emily Austin led Norfolk with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Allison Bergland followed with 6 points and 4 rebounds for the Panthers.
Vermillion Tanagers – 33, Crofton Warriors – 60:
The Tanagers girls fell to Crofton in the championship game of the Holiday tournament on Dec. 29.
"Tonight we ran into a very good team that played great and we didn't play as well as we have been," stated coach Jamie Parrish.
The Warriors out-rebounded Vermillion 39 to 18. Alicia Brown had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals for the Tanagers. While Annie Roche had 8 points and Krista Froke contributed 6 points and 6 rebounds.
Kaitlin Jones led Crofton with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Amber Hegge scored 11 points with 3 steals and 3 assists.
The Tanagers are now 5-1 for the season. Parrish stated, "The loss is frustrating but not negative, this is a great point in the season to be tested by a great team."