Carter leads Minnehaha Academy past Perham 66-50
PERHAM - Senior Kaharri Carter scored 15 first half points to aid Minnehaha Academy (1-0) in a spurt in the final minutes before halftime to put a double-digit cushion between the Redhawks and Yellowjackets en route to a 66-50 opening night win in boys basketball Friday night.
Carter led all scorers with 21 points. Marcellous Hazzard (13) and Thomas Gedion (10) combined with Carter to put up 44 of the Redhawks' 66 points.
Both teams traded baskets early with Perham holding an early lead at 13-11 before the Redhawks went on an 13-6 run to pull ahead by nine 26-17 with just over four minutes to the break.
Minnehaha Academy pushed the lead to 15 points at halftime 39-24.
"We gave up 39 that first half; that's too many," Perham Head Coach Dave Cresap said.
Perham played without senior Jordan Hein, who was recently medically cleared to play but was not in the lineup and watched the game in street clothes.
"We get Hein in the lineup it adds another dimension to our team."
Matt Formanek found foul trouble early picking up his third foul before the midway point of the first half.
"With Matt being in foul trouble right away we didn't have any depth."
Poor shooting plagued Perham in both halves.
Perham shot 5-19 (26 percent) from the field in the first half and ended the game on the same pace shooting 12-46 to hamper the Yellowjacket effort.
"We didn't shoot the ball very well and you know, we got tired too. We've got some players that need to get better and work hard to get there."
The Redhawks stormed out of the locker room and bumped the lead to their largest 47-27 with 15 minutes remaining.
The Yellowjackets, behind a team-high 15 points from Eli Beachy, battled to within a dozen points with 4:05 remaining at 58-46, but would get no closer.
"Second half I'm pleased, (we) settled down a bit; didn't turn the ball over so much. Finally got to the boards and did the little things right, so we're okay. I don't worry about the score, because that's a very athletic team."
Junior Tyler Glines scored a dozen points; sophomore Sam Muer added 10 for Perham.
The Yellowjackets will have some growing pains early in the season as a new group of five gets accustomed to playing with each other.
Aside from senior Josh Nordick, most of the Jackets saw limited time on the floor behind the core group of graduates that led Perham to a 2010 state title and third place last season.
Nordick scored nine points Friday night.
Hein missed most of last season with an injury.
Perham had not started a season with a loss since 2008. The Jackets (0-1) hit the road to face Staples-Motley (0-0) next Tuesday, Dec. 4. The game is the season opener for the Cardinals.
Minnehaha Academy at Perham. Friday, Nov. 30.
MHA 39 27 -- 66
PER 24 26 -- 50
Perham: Beachy 15, Glines 12, Muer 10, Nordick 9, Bahls 2, Formanek 1, Salathe 1.
Minnehaha Academy: Carter 21, Hazzard 13, Gedion 10, Taddonio 7, Birkeland 6, Davis 4, Wintz 3, Johnson 2.