Tanagers win tug-of-war battle with EPJ

Tanagers win tug-of-war battle with EPJ
The Vermillion Tanagers fought to a stubborn tug-of-war victory over the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies 54-52 in girls' basketball Jan. 15 at home in a win keyed by a 24-11 second-quarter edge.

VHS had trailed by two after the third quarter.

"Alicia Brown became only the fourth player in VHS history to break the 1,000 point barrier," said VHS coach Jamie Parish. "It's a fantastic personal accomplishment for her and a compliment to the teammates she has played with over the last four years.

"Our kids got off to a slow start but showed a lot of character climbing back into the game. Our kids are starting to gel a bit more as a team as we progress. We're not a finished product but we're getting better. Sara Kjose, Alexa Walker, and Rachel Odens are creating more offensive opportunities for their teammates by making good passes and knocking down some timely shots. Brittany Bye played very hard defensively and made some plays for us during critical times in the ball game. Our schedule continues to be tough so any win we can get is a good one. We will keep working and polishing up the things we do and hope to be playing our best basketball in about a month."

VHS carried the game from long range, making 5 of 15 three pointers to 1 of 14 for EPJ.

The Tanagers fell behind 14-3 after the opening period, led 27-25 after the second period, and then trailed 37-35 going into the final period.

VHS improved its record to 5-5, while EPJ dropped to 7-3.

VHS hit 15 of 16 free throw attempts. The Tanagers sank 17 of 40 field goal attempts, while EPJ was 20 of 50 from the field. The Huskies hit 11 of 14 from the line.

The winners needed good efforts from several performers.

"The sophomore players are doing a nice job of handling the ball and filling in gaps for us which frees up our more experienced players to get more scoring opportunities and creating some of their own," coach Parish said. "Justine Sorensen gave us some good minutes tonight. She could benefit us if she can adjust to the faster paced game and hopefully will contribute some things to our team."

Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring – Alicia Brown, 22, Sara Kjose, 9, Alexa Walker, 7, Rachel Odens, 5, Sierra Allen, 4, Brittany Bye, 4, Hannah Nehlich-Arobba, 2, Justine Sorensen, 1. Rebounds – Brown, 8, Bye, 4. Assists – Brown, 5. Steals- Brown, 5.

Individual Stats, EPJ: Scoring – Kelsie Pace, 13, Chrissy Strasburg, 13, Hannah Wilkinson, 6, Ali Truhe, 7, Annie Staum, 5, Anna Erickson, 3, Devan Penfield, 2, Molly Hammitt, 1. Rebounds – Wilkinson, 9, Pace,1. Assists – Strassburg, 5. Steals – Staum, 2.

Team rebounds: VHS-25, EPJ-28. Team fouls: VHS-13, EPJ-19.

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