By David Lias
The Tanagers hosted the Huskies from Elk Point-Jefferson in girls’ basketball action on Jan. 21. The Tanagers had two players score in double-figures, while the Huskies only had one. Unfortunately, EPJ’s Keely Bertram scored just under half of her team’s points with 33.
“The Bertram girl really hurt us,” said Coach Jon Brooks. “If we keep her in check, I really believe we put ourselves in a position to be in the game in the 4th. She is a great player, and she showed that tonight.”
The Tanagers were led by Josie Huber with 18 points, 8 rebounds, two assists, and four steals. Haleigh Melstad scored 13 points, grabbed two boards, one steal and one assist.
“We got off to a bit of a slow start, but had a really good second quarter to only be down 1 at half,” said Brooks. “In the second half their pressure started to wear us out and we just couldn’t get much going offensively.”
Twila Sweeney had 5 points and two rebounds. Tori Gregoire scored 4 points, grabbed two boards, and one steal. Kyleigh Melstad added 4 points, five rebounds and a steal. Sydney Peters had 4 points, two rebounds and one steal. Rachel Finnegan scored one point and had one assist.
“We need to do a better job of getting into our offense and running it. When we did that in the second quarter we were very successful, but against a good team like EPJ you need to do it the whole game.”
The Huskies scored 8 more points than the Tanagers from the free-throw line, and 14 more points from two-point range. The Tanagers had one more three-pointer than the Huskies in the losing effort.
“One thing I really like about our team is our effort,” said Brooks. “Our kids play hard all the time and that will pay off for us in the long run.”
The Tanagers host Lennox (4-5) on Jan. 24, then travel to West Central (6-2) on Jan. 28 before hosting Dell Rapids (4-4) on Jan. 30.
ELK POINT-JEFFERSON (9-1) 12 32 51 68
VERMILLION (7-4) 9 31 40 4