Tanagers girls unable to overcome early setback

Tanagers girls unable to overcome early setback
The Vermillion High School girls' basketball team was not able to overcome an early setback in their Jan. 25 varsity matchup against the Trojans of West Central.

After the first two quarters, the Tanagers were down by ten, which was not an insurmountable lead but one that would prove to be difficult to overcome.

At the half, the score was 34-24 in favor of West Central, who came into the game with a mildly impressive season record of 8-4. Discussing the team's slow start, Vermillion coach Jamie Parish said, "We aren't happy with the mental mistakes that we made tonight, as a team we wanted to accomplish some things in the second half and executed them 'sporadically' instead of with some consistency."

With an impressive 9-2 record and only two quarters to come back from a lead given away via sloppy play, the Tanager girls would have to come out of the locker as a completely different team. This happened to an extent, but not to the full effect that Vermillion was hoping for. The home team was able to produce a minimal three-point scoring advantage in the last half, but of course, that was not enough. The Vermillion girls would go on to lose by a final score of 62-55.

Vermillion shot under 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from the free-throw line and under 30 percent from the region of the court designated by the three-point stripe. The Tanagers also finished with more turnovers, more fouls and fewer rebounds than their opponents from West Central.

Alicia Brown led the way for the Tanagers in the individual statistical categories with 23 points. Annie Roche was able to produce 15 points three steals and four assists. Britany Bye, Rachel Odens, Alexa Walker and Justine Sorensen combined to score 17 points. Odens also grabbed four rebounds. Krista Froke, Walker and Sorensen were able to pull in three rebounds each.

Jamey Hofer led the victorious Trojans with 31 points and ten rebounds.

After the game, coach Jamie Parish stated, "Nothing taken from West Central, they are a very good team and there are many reasons why they were ranked as a preseason number one. However, we feel that our team could have done some things differently that would have given us a better opportunity to win."

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