GBB: Perham wins at Menahga
MENAHGA — The Perham girls basketball team finished a rough stretch of three games in four days with a 46-31 victory at Menahga in non-conference action.
Both teams struggled to find a rhythm early until Perham took a 10-point lead late in the first half.
The Braves answered with a trio of threes to cut Perham’s lead to a bucket 23-21 at the break.
“When we got the ball inside we scored, when we didn’t get it in, we didn’t score,” Head Coach TJ Super said.
The Jackets shot 1-9 from the three point line in the first half..
“In the second half, we made a concerted effort to get the ball, often passing on wide open jumpers to make a couple extra passes to get a layup.”
Ella Von Ruden and Maria Rutten exposed an advantage at the post for Perham. Both players scored in double figures. Von Ruden led all scorers with 16 points with a team-high eight rebounds. Rutten added 11 points. Tina Scheidecker scored eight.
Sydney Roberts was nearly held off the scoreboard with one point but dished out a career-high six assists.
“The second half was really about the defensive effort, though,” said Super. “We did a great job pushing them towards the half line, deflecting passes and challenging all shot attempts.”
Perham held Menahga to only four points in the second half up to the 90-second mark. The Braves cashed in on a pair of late threes, but only scored 10 second half points.
“It was a phenomenal defensive effort.”
Perham (8-11, 2-5) is off until Thursday when they will resume Heart O’ Lakes Conference play hosting Barnesville (12-3, 4-3).
PER 23 23 — 46
MEN 21 10 — 31
PER: Von Ruden 16, Rutten 11, T. Scheidecker 8, Beachy 6, Erickson 4, Roberts 1.
MEN: Allebach 9, Stifter 8, Skoog 6, Anderson 3, Novak 3, Lake 2.