It’s official: Annie Roche will play basketball for the Coyotes

It's official: Annie Roche will play basketball for the Coyotes
South Dakota women's basketball coach Chad Lavin has announced that Annie Roche, who led the Vermillion High School girls' basketball team to a South Dakota A basketball title in 2007, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball and enroll at The University of South Dakota next fall.

Roche becomes the second member of the 2007 USD recruiting class, which also includes Amber Hegge of Crofton, NE, who signed with the Coyotes during the early signing period in fall 2006.

"We are pleased that Annie Roche will become a Coyote," said Lavin, whose team finished 22-9 and earned a national playoff berth in 2006-07. "She fits well with this program. Annie is a tremendous shooter and defender who exhibits fine leadership skills. She is also an outstanding student."

This past spring, Roche led the Tanagers to a 21-5 record and the South Dakota Class A Girls Basketball title. It was the first-ever title for the Tanagers girls basketball squad and head coach Jamie Parish.

It was the third straight appearance at the state tournament for Vermillion, which also finished seventh with a 15-9 record in 2005-06 and was third with a 14-10 mark in 2004-05.

During five years of varsity basketball, Roche led the Tanagers to a 69-46 record. As a senior, Roche averaged 17.5 points, 3.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and hit 72.6 percent from the free throw line. Roche was one of the top three-point shooters in the state, hitting 39.7 percent on 56-of-141 shooting.

She scored a school-record 1,353 points in her career or 11.9 points per game. She also averaged 14.2 points as a junior and 12.7 points as a sophomore. Roche, a three-time team MVP in basketball, also set the Tanager mark with 348 career assists.

Roche, who was the Spirit of Su Award winner at the 2007 state tournament, was selected to the second team on the Argus Leader First Five this spring.

Nominated as a McDonald's All-American, Roche received the 2007 Vermillion High School Outstanding Female Athlete Award. Twice an all-state performer in basketball, she was a first team selection in 2007 and third team pick in 2006.

She has been named the Region 4A Player of the Year twice, and earned selection to the Class A all-tournament team three times.

A five-year letter winner, Roche served two years as the Tanagers' team captain and was selected to the All- Big Eight Conference team three straight times.

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