The Tanagers would only need the first quarter and a little defensive assistance after to preserve the double-digit doghousing of the non-bomb retardant C-Hawks. With a 25-14 lead and no bus to start early, the hometown Tanager girls would ride out a three-quarter defensive showcase and complete the game in victorious fashion with a 62-49 bomb-dropping win.
Coach Jamie Parish stated, "We got off to a quick start this afternoon by hitting some open threes. Chelsea Gauer really got us rolling with four bombs in the first quarter. Whenever she is shooting the ball well, it makes us so difficult to defend."
Despite the efforts of Gauer and her bomb-dropping capabilities, Annie Roche was able to pour in 32 points and dish out six assists. Gauer finished with 15 points and three steals. Alicia Brown rounded out the top scorers with nine points. Krista Froke contributed three points and six rebounds. Brittany Bye had two points and three steals.
The Tanagers shot the ball well, detonating an explosive mark of 10 three-point bombers. Vermillion also managed to conclude the game with fewer turnovers and fouls, but came up short in rebounds, 21-19.
For Canton, Rachel Hurley finished with 17 points and five rebounds. Two other players also finished in double-digit scoring for Canton, who was frankly outbombed by the bombastic attacks of the Vermillion girls.
After the game, Coach Parish said, "Defensively we got after them and caused some early turnovers and offensively we got out and scored some baskets early in our offensive possessions. We saw a lot of good things this afternoon and hope to continue to improve over these next two weeks in preparation for the district tournament."
JV Results: Vermillion-44, Canton-34
The JV squad from Vermillion got a great defensive effort in their decisive 44-34 victory against Canton on Feb. 3. An impressive start and a 25-13 two-quarter run would be all that the JV homers needed.
Statistically, Vermillion was able to commit fewer turnovers and also pulled down more rebounds than their counterparts from Canton. The shooting, however, was more than a little off. Vermillion finished the game 15-39 from the field, 12-21 from the line and 2-6 from three-point range.
High scorers for the Tanagers included Jenny Bye with 13, Ashley Ouelette with eight and Sara Day and Kristen Schwasinger each with four. Bye and Day also combined for 11 rebounds. Margaret Mueller had a nice all-around game for Vermillion with three points, three steals and three assists.