Tanager girls suffer tough loss to Bulldogs

Vermillion’s Shantel French is double-teamed by a tough Madison defense as she attempts to score during the second half of basketball action in Vermillion Tuesday night. French contributed 8 points, 2 rebounds, one assist and 2 steals to the Tanagers’ efforts.  (Photo by David Lias)

Vermillion’s Shantel French is double-teamed by a tough Madison defense as she attempts to score during the second half of basketball action in Vermillion Tuesday night. French contributed 8 points, 2 rebounds, one assist and 2 steals to the Tanagers’ efforts.
(Photo by David Lias)

By Scott Bormann

The Madison Bulldogs came into Vermillion to end the Tanagers’ 4-game winning steak with a 51-47 win. The 4-point loss was the closest game of the season for the squad.

“We came out a little flat, and didn’t get off to the start we wanted to,” said Coach Jon Brooks. “We knew Madison was better than their record and it was going to be a tough game.”

Both teams had two scorers who scored in double digits. Vermillion senior Josie Huber led all players with another double-double, scoring 24 points, grabbing 10 rebound and 3 steals. Haleigh Melstad added 10 points, 8 boards and 2 assists.

“For how bad we shot the ball, I was happy that we put ourselves in position to win the game,” said Brooks, “we just didn’t execute down the stretch.”

The Bulldogs were led by junior Rozalind Vander Bosch with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Danielle Roemen had 11 points, 3 rebounds and one steal in the victory.

“We just struggled shooting the ball,” said Brooks. “We got good looks, but the ball just wouldn’t go in for us.”

Shantel French added 8 points, 2 rebounds, one assist and 2 steals for the Tanagers. Twila Sweeney had 3 points off the bench. Kyleigh Melstad scored 2 points, with 2 rebounds and 3 steals.

“We haven’t had many close games like this, so is something we will learn from,” said Brooks. “Give credit to Madison as they shot the ball well and made the plays down the stretch to get the win.”

The Tanagers’ next travel to Lennox on Jan. 16, then host South Sioux City at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 for their second interstate challenge of the season.

MADISON (2-6)      11 22 35 51

VERMILLION (2-5) 7 24 39 47

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