By Scott Bormann
The Vermillion girls’ team got out to a fast start, and never let up against the Tea Area Titans on Jan 3. Tea started the scoring to take an early 2-0 lead, but Vermillion started hitting the 3’s and took a 8-2 lead before you could blink.
“We talked about getting off to good starts,” said Coach Jon Brooks, “and we did that by opening up a 28-9 lead after the first quarter.”
Senior Josie Huber led all scorers with 17 points, adding 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Tea was led by Taylor Gjertson with 15 points and 5 rebounds, and Kaylee McKinney with 10 points and 4 boards.
“Tea was a game where we wanted to get back on track and playing good basketball,” said Brooks. “We hadn’t played for two weeks, so our girls were excited to play.”
The Tanagers crashed the boards better than the Titans, grabbing 33 rebounds to Tea’s 21. Rachel Finnegan, Haleigh Melstad and Kyleigh Melstad each grabbed 5 rebounds. Rachel and Kyleigh each contributed 6 points, while Haleigh scored 8 points.
Even with a 25-point lead late in the game, teammates were holding each other accountable when they got sloppy. This kept the Tanager attacking on offense, and pressing the D to smother the Titans. As time was running out, Twila Sweeney made a rare and memorable block of a Titan shot.
“We had balanced scoring and got good production from everyone,” said Coach Brooks. “It was a great team win to get us going for the second part of our season.”
The girls’ team next host Tri-Valley (6-0) Jan 4 for another huge test.
Tea Area 9 22 31 39
Vermillion 28 42 58 66