The Tanagers came oh-so-close to victory

The Tanagers came oh-so-close to victory By Parker Knox
Sports Writer They say thereâ�?�?s no rest for the weary, and that's the case for Vermillionâ�?�?s girls basketball team as they plow through the meat of their schedule. Coach Jamie Parishâ�?�?s Tanagers will be home Friday night against Lennox, a team to whom they lost just last Friday, 50-34. Then on Saturday the girls go to Dakota Valley High School to play Sioux City West at 11 a.m. for some breakfast-time basketball. Next week the Tanagers will be home Thursday and Friday against West Central and Canton, respectively. Getting themselves into an early first-quarter hole and suffering through a late-game drought continued to be a problem for the Tanagers in the loss to Lennox. Nevertheless, they were able to rally to within 19-15 at halftime before succumbing in the second half. â�?�?It went from a six-point game to an 18-point game in about three minutesâ�?�? time,â�? Parish commented. Kelly Amundson was Vermillionâ�?�?s high scorer with eight points. Kassie Loe with 14 and elissa Vlastuin with 11 led Lennox. The Tanagers came oh-so-close to picking up their second win of the season against Madson on Jan. 13, leading by five points, 34-29, early in the final period. But turnovers and missed shots came at the same time Madison was going on an 11-2 run to finish the game and outscore Vermillion in the fourth quarter by 14-5. â�?�?We took some ill-advised quick shots early, and Madison responded and got on a roll,â�? Parsh said. â�?�?Some decisions we made gave hem confidence.â�? Hannah Nehlick-Arobbaâ�?�?s rebound basket with 41 seconds left brought the Tanagers to within 38-36. However, they had to foul three times just to put Madison at the free-throw stripe, and that took precious time off the clock. Madison added a pair of free throws in the last seven seconds to escape the VHS gym with a 40-36 win. Sara Kjose scored 12 points, Hannah Nehlick-Arobba eight, Sierra Allen eight and Sophie Nehlich-Arobba six to lead the Vermillion offense. â�?�?We need to gain some court savvy and mental toughness to figure out a way to finish a fourth quarter,â�? Parish said. Vermillion had trailed 15-13 after one quarter but led at halftme 24-20 and after three periods 31-26. Madison …. 15 20 26 40 VHS ……… 13 24 31 36 VHS: Allen 2-4 3-4 8, Ouellette 0-2 0-0 0, S Nehlich-Aroba 3-5 0-0 6, H. Nehlich-Arobba 4-11 0-0 8, Kjose 3-9 4-4 12, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Munger 0-2 0-2 0, Amundson 1-2 0-0 2. Total 13-35 7-10 36. Madison: 15-33 5-7 40. Parkston …. 17 33 44 62 VHS ………. 7 22 37 47 VHS: Allen 1-8 2-6 5, Ouellette 3-3 0-0 6, S. Nehlich-Arobba 0-5 2-2 2, H. Nehlich-Arobba 1-5 4-4 6, Kjose 4-9 1-1 11, Regnerus 0-1 0-0 0, Robinson 2-2 2-2 6, Huska 0-0 1-2 1, Erickson 1-2 -0 2, Amundson 3-8 2-4 8. Totals 15-43 14-21 47. Parkston: 23-50 10-19 62.

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