Foul trouble spoils Tanagers� strong start

Foul trouble spoils Tanagers��? strong start By Parker Knox
Sports Writer Just when they got off to their best start of the young season, the Vermillion girls basketball team found itself in foul trouble at Madison on Dec. 22. The Tanagers did their best and hardest to fight back, but in the end they lost a 68-51 decision to the Bulldogs to drop to 0-2 overall as well as in Big 8 Conference play. "That changed our rotations and the full-court pressure defense we wanted to play," observed Coach Jamie Parish. The Tanagers had a 12-point lead twice during the first quarter as six different players dented the scoring column. But Madison went from an 18-6 deficit with a 22-3 run to take a 28-21 lead late in the second period. Val Robinson, who contributed quality minutes off the bench, sank a three-pointer with 1:25 till halftime, and Hannah Nehlich-Arobba converted a layup to lift Vermillion back to within two points. It was 30-26 for Madison at the intermission, and in the third period the Bulldogs pulled away on the strength of long-distance shooting.  Much of it came from Kaitlyn Higgins, who posted 11 of her game-high 17 points in the second half.  Brianna Postma had 10 of her 12 points in the second half to swell the Bulldog barrage. Vermillion's Sierra Allen led her team in scoring with 10 and in rebounding with eight. Hannah and Sophie Nehlich-Arroba had nine points apiece, Robinson seven, Sara Kjose six, Kayla Munger four, and Ashley Ouellette and Lexi Regnerus three each. Christa Paul scored 16 and Mikayla McNary 10 to give Madison a total of four players in double-figure scoring.  The Bulldogs posted a 42-22 rebounding advantage. "As a group we need to start shooting the ball at a higher percentage," said Parish, whose girls made 19 of 66 field-goal attempts for 28.8 percent shooting while Madison was warm at 46.3 percent. "We need to be more aware of our teammates and help each other score instead of just looking for our own shots." Two games at the Crofton holiday tournament earlier this week will lead to a pair of home games early in the new year.  The Tanagers will host Sioux City East Tuesday night, Jan. 6, and be home against Parkston in a girls'-boys' doubleheader Friday, Jan. 9. Vermillion …..  20  26  39  51 Madison …… 14  30  46  68 Vermillion: Sara Kjose 3-9 0-2 6, Sierra Allen 2-14 4-5 10, Kayla Munger 2-5 0-0 4, Sophie Nehlich-Arobba 4-10 0-0 9, Hannah Nehlich-Arobba 4-15 0-0 9, Ashley Ouellette 1-3 1-2 3, Morgan Erickson 0-0 0-0 0, Kelly Amundson 0-2 0-0 0, Lexi Regnerus 1-4 0-0 3, Valerie Robinson 2-4 2-2 7. Totals 19-66 7-11 51. Madison: Lindsay Rook 3-7 1-1 7, Brianna Postma 5-7 0-0 12, Christa Paul 8-10 0-0 16, Mikayla McNary 2-4 6-6 10, Kaitlyn Higgins 6-17 1-2 17, Makayla Boer 0-0 0-0 0, Shannon Spurgin 1-3 0-2 3, Bailey Milne 0-5 0-2 0, Jessica Janke 0-1 0-0 0.  Totals 25-54 8-13 65.

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