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Suzanne Coleman and the Yellowjackets found themselves surrounded by Cardinals in a 70-41 season opening loss at home to Staples-Motley. Photo by Bob Williams.
Suzanne Coleman and the Yellowjackets found themselves surrounded by Cardinals in a 70-41 season opening loss at home to Staples-Motley. Photo by Bob Williams.

Basketball: Lady Jackets fall to Cards in opener

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The Staples-Motley girls basketball team got scoring from 11 players to open the season with a 70-41 victory over Perham at Prairie Wind Middle School Tuesday evening in girls basketball action.

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Jasmine Mcgillvray and KyAnn Nyhus led the way for the Cardinals (1-0) scoring 16 and 11 points respectively.

The Cardinals pressured the action forcing a lot of loose balls and owned the boards getting position on the Yellowjackets (0-1) for the entirety of the contest.

"I expected we'd rebound better than we did, but we didn't stay in front of people," Perham Head Coach John Gullingsrud said. "You put those two things together and they can score a lot of points--which they did."

Ironically, the Yellowjackets out-rebounded the Cardinals 47-39, but put backs fell on one end of the floor only.

Perham shot a dismal 16-62 from the field (25 percent), while Staples-Motley shot 43 percent (28-65).

The Cardinals opened up a 20-point lead in the first half on a three-point basket by Jaelin Beachy to make the score 35-15 with four minutes to go to the break.

From a tie score at four in the early minutes, Staples-Motley went on a 31-11 run.

"We knew they were a good team with their quickness and athletic ability."

Perham made a late rally in the first half keeping the Cardinals off the board in the waning minutes, while getting baskets from Emily Tobkin, Becky Stoll, Katrina Moenkedick and Analea Erickson to cut the lead to just 10 at the break 35-25.

The Yellowjackets never saw a deficit less than double digits in the second half. Staples-Motley continued to put the pressure on and extended their lead throughout the latter half of play.

Mcgillvray and Nyhus used the long ball to put up points quickly, each nailing three shots from behind the arc. The Cardinals, as a team, sank 11 three-point baskets to just two for Perham, accounting for a point differential of 33-6 from downtown.

The Cardinals missed chances to really up the score shooting only 3-13 (23 percent) from the free throw line.

Perham shot nearly perfect from the stripe nailing seven of eight (87.5 percent). Tobkin made all four of her attempts; Stoll made both of her free throws.

Seniors Moenkedick and Stoll led Perham in scoring with nine points each. Junior Emily Tobkin had eight.

"It's the first game of the year and we've got a long way to go and we can grow from this," said Gullingsrud. "You can't get too down and you just keep playing."

Yellowjacket results

Staples-Motley at Perham, Tuesday, November 29.

Cardinals 35 35 - 70

Jackets 25 16 - 41

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) --PER: Tanya Berns 1-0-0-0-2; Emily Tobkin 2-0-4-4-8; Becky Stoll 2-1-2-2-9; Analea Erickson 2-1-0-0-7; Lexy Karvonen 2-0-0-0-4; Katrina Moenkedick 4-0-2-1-9; Suzanne Coleman 1-0-0-0-2. Team: 14-2-8-7-41.

SM: Jaelin Beachy 1-2-1-0-8; Mackenzie Holst 2-1-3-1-8; MiKayla Wing 3-0-0-0-6; Kelly Pearson 2-1-0-0-7; Brooke Wolhowe 0-0-1-0-0; KyAnn Nyhus 1-3-0-0-11; Jamsine Mcgillvray 3-3-3-1-16; Bobbijo Mathe 2-0-2-0-4; Logan Peterson 2-0-0-0-4; Grace Wolhowe 0-1-0-0-3; Marilyn Eagletail 1-0-0-0-2; Kayla Schmieg 0-0-3-1-1. Team: 17-11-13-3-70.

Other HOL scores:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 61, Ulen-Hitterdal 25 F

Frazee 48, Battle Lake 38 F

Barnesville 36, Lake Park-Audubon 66 F

Fergus Falls 74, Pelican Rapids 63 F

Breckenridge 66, Minnewaska Area 51 F

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2011

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 51, Detroit Lakes 75 F

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Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 
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